If you are interested in enrolling your child in a preschool program for the 2021-22 school year, please contact WSECC administrative Assistant, Jessica Riley at (563) 382-4451 or email at jessica.riley@decorah.k12.ia.us.

The Preschool Program

Our preschool programs—

  • Use Creative Curriculum, which is based on early childhood theories and research. It creates purposeful and productive learning experiences that help children grow in all areas. The goal of the program is for children to become independent, self-confident, curious learners who work well with others.
  • Are taught by state-certified teachers in early childhood and early childhood special education. Each classroom is also staffed with paraeducators who meet the state of Iowa’s criteria for highly qualified early childhood paraeducators.
  • Provide an inclusive preschool experience for all students, including those with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

Three-Year-Old Preschool

Decorah’s three-year-old preschool program serves students who turn three years old by September 15.  If you have concerns about your three-year-old child’s development, you can contact West Side Early Childhood Center for an Early Childhood Special Education evaluation by calling 563-382-4451 or by completing the three-year-old enrollment form. Eligibility for ECSE services is determined through an evaluation by the Keystone Area Education Agency.

Four-Year-Old Preschool

Decorah participates in Iowa’s Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SWVPP). The purpose of SWVPP for four-year-old children is to provide an opportunity for all young children in the State of Iowa to enter school ready to learn by expanding voluntary access to quality preschool curricula for all four-year-old children.

4-Year-Old Preschool Brochure

WSECC Principal- Rick Varney

Elementary Learner Advocate- Shanna Putnam-Dibble