Developmental Preschool Program

The Mooresville Schools Developmental Preschool Program serves students ages 3 through 5 who have been identified with special needs and would benefit from early intervention.

Services are determined on an individual basis following an assessment and a case conference to determine eligibility according to state and federal guidelines. The continuum of service includes speech-only therapy to a more intensive developmental early childhood program (Young Pioneers Program).

Young Pioneers Program classes are 3 hours a day, up to 4 days per week. Therapies are integrated into the Young Pioneers Program by therapist and classroom teachers. In addition to the teacher, each classroom has instructional assistants supporting the needs of the students. Neurotypically developing students participate in the classes as "peer friends" (based on availability) to provide a positive role model for language, pre-academics and behavior.

Early Intervention Is Best!


Preschool Special Education Services Evaluations/Screenings

Preschool children (age 3-5) can be referred for an evaluation at no cost to parents. A screening and/or evaluation is available for children with suspected delays in speech, motor skills, social skills, learning, development delays, vision, hearing, and/or communication.

The evaluation team may consist of:

  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Teacher for the Blind
  • Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • School Psychologist

These individuals will meet with you following the evaluation for a case conference to review evaluation results and determine eligibility base on the guidelines of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEIA). If your child is found eligible, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will be written to address your child’s needs.



The Young Pioneers Program serve students with the following exceptionalities:

  • Developmental Delay
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Sensory Impaired
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Speech Impaired
  • Language Impaired
  • Visually Impaired
  • Behavior Disorder
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injured
  • Orthopedically Impaired

Young Pioneer Program Philosophy

To encourage a positive learning environment that stimulates and nurtures children's growth and development through the use of traditional styles which address the needs of special learners. Through teacher-directed and structured play activities, children learn developmentally and age-appropriate skills in the areas of cognition, social-emotional, physical, language, and early literacy. Our program fosters independence while preparing children for kindergarten transition and beyond.  


For more information, contact Jackie Balkevicius at 317-831-0950, ext. 2036 or by email. To request a referral packet, contact Jessica Farb-Special Education Secretary at 317 831-0950 or by email  .