K-Prep serves "at risk" four year-olds who have been excluded from a regular preschool or childcare setting because of emotional or behavioral problems.

    It is an intensive treatment program with an education component. This program will help children identify and begin to change unsuccessful behavior patterns and attitudes before returning to a regular preschool setting.

    Each child's parent/guardian assists in the development of individual objectives to address the specific reasons the child was recommended for K-Prep. Family participation through case management, involvement in "family nights" (held once each month at K-Prep), and family therapy, play an important part in the success of everyone who attends K-Prep. The continued commitment of parents and caregivers, as well as that of cooperating agencies, is essential in helping children be successful.

    K-Prep's Mission is to:

    • Provide services to children not having success in typical preschool settings

    • Provide high quality, high intensity mental health services

    • Provide kindergarten readiness for kids with greatest need

    • Provide support to ensure successful family engagement


    K-Prep referral packet can be obtained by contacting Lacy Krebs, Program Supervisor at:
    Heartland Early Education, 700 Jupiter Avenue, Salina KS 67401
    Email: [email protected]Phone: 785-309-5000


    Pam Hlad, KPREP Coordinator at:

    Central Kansas Mental Health Center, 809 Elmhurst Blvd, Salina KS 67401

    Email: [email protected]

    Phone: 785-515-6101

    Once the referral has been completed and submitted, the K-Prep Placement Review Team will meet to evaluate and decide if all enrollment criteria have been met. This meeting is primarily to determine whether the child's challenges warrant this level of intervention. This team meets regularly to review referrals, track the progress of program participants, and make recommendations for additional assistance when necessary.

    If referral is approved, paperwork and the enrollment process will begin.

    If referral is not approved, resources will be provided which may include screening for special education or application for mental health services.

    Specific criteria reviewed by the placement review team:

    • Must reside within the service boundaries of USD 305, Salina, Kansas.

    • Must have a history of trauma and/or mental health needs.

    • Child has challenges that have made it difficult to be successful in a typical preschool or childcare setting.

    • Parent or guardian must be willing and available to respond in cooperation with staff in any crisis.

    • May have a current Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) or 504 Plan.

    • Must have mental health issues that require a therapeutic preschool setting.

    • Parent or guardian must be willing to endorse and actively support the child's full participation in all areas of treatment, including case management, individual and group therapy, and other services seen as necessary by the treatment team, such as family therapy or attendant care.

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