Early Intervention and Student Support Services
Early Childhood Education in Greenville County Schools:
- Meets children where they are and challenges them to progress
- Offers respect for children’s abilities and differences
- Is based on knowledge of how children learn and develop—active, engaged, meaningful; developmental sequences
- Includes a comprehensive, “robust,” and intentional curriculum that is standards-based
- Recognizes the importance of play as a tool for developing self-regulation as well as promoting cognition, language, and social competence skills
- Connects and aligns with primary grade expectations
- Provides a balance of child guided and teacher directed activities
- Provides a balance of whole group, small group, and center-based activities
- Provides a classroom environment that is inviting, safe, and engaging with designated areas for exploration and content integration
- Supports child interests and individual learning needs through intentional and varied approaches
- Provides purposeful, systematic, ongoing assessment
- Establishes reciprocal relationships with parents
Adapted from NAEYC
A limited number of At-Risk 4K classrooms for children at risk for school readiness are offered. Children must be four years old on or before September 1 of the current school year to pre-register for this free program. Children selected for At-Risk 4K programs must demonstrate academic/developmental needs and/or risk factors such as low family income and low parent education level. Pre-Registration Information.
Preschool Special Education
Children who are three-to five years old and experiencing significant developmental delays in cognition, communication, social-emotional, physical, and/or self-help skills may be eligible for preschool special education services based on state and federal law requirements. For more information, visit Preschool Special Education or call the preschool special education office at 864-452-0082.
If you suspect that your preschool-aged child may be experiencing delays, view the Child Find Brochure on this page or call 864-452-0093 to schedule a screening appointment.
Child Development Centers
In addition to 4K and preschool special education programs in elementary schools, Greenville County Schools is proud to offer our young children and their families six Child Development Centers. The Child Development Centers provide high-quality 4K and Preschool Special Education programs, in addition to a variety of activities to involve and educate families.
Kindergarten and First Grade
Children who will be five years old on or before September 1 of the current year must enroll in public or private kindergarten unless the parent or legal guardian signs a waiver (see Kindergarten Non-Attendance Form below). Any child who will be six years old on or before September 1 of the current year must enroll in first grade.
To enroll a new student in kindergarten or first grade, a parent must present the following at registration:
- State-issued Birth Certificate
- Properly Completed Immunization Certificate or Religious Exemption Certificate (Religious Exemption Certificate provided by Health Department)
- Two Forms of Proof of Residence (two documents required such as a current electric bill or current mortgage/lease statement (additional accepted proof of residence provided in Parent Enrollment Checklist below)
The GCS Enrollment Form and Primary Language Form are provided below if you would like to complete and bring with you to the school when you go to register.
To find out where your child will attend kindergarten or first grade, Visit Find Your School or call the INFOLine at 355-3100.
5K and First Grade Registration Forms
5K and First Grade Registration Forms are found on the Parent Forms Page.
Response to Intervention
Response to Intervention in Greenville County School District integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement. With RTI, schools use data to identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, to monitor student progress, to provide evidence-based interventions and to adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness.
- We believe quality instruction is the key to student success so that we can effectively teach all students.
- We believe early intervention for struggling students is the key to student success.
- We believe implementing research-based instruction and interventions benefits students.
- We believe monitoring student progress informs instruction.
- We believe using multiple sources of data informs decision-making about student performance.
- We believe working in partnership with parents maximizes student performance.
Intervention students are selected based on test results given to all students. AIMSweb and MAP provide data to RTI school leadership teams to identify students needing intervention. Students receive at least 30 minutes of researched based supplemental instruction daily. Intervention instruction is aligned to support core instruction. Student progress is monitored after every 10 lessons with AIMSweb probes. Intervention instruction discontinues when a student meets his or her goal.
The RTI Specialist provides materials and training in the following intervention programs:
- My Sidewalk’s Early Reading Intervention for kindergarten
- SOAR for 1st- 5th grades
- Leveled Literacy Intervention pilot in first grade in select schools
- Number Worlds
Dr. Karen Sparkman
Director, Early Intervention and Support Services