• The Steps Plus Program is a pre-Kindergarten inclusion program designed to teach and develop social skills, pragmatic language, behavior readiness and pre-kindergarten academic skills. These skills are taught through direct instruction and active learning through the use of play centers, structured small groups, large group, and participation in the kindergarten classroom for inclusion.
     
    The curriculum that we use for social skills is Incredible Years (Dinosaur School). This curriculum consists of direct instruction from the teacher with puppets, role play and video modeling. For pre-kindergarten academics we use the Frog Street Press and Every Day Counts calendar math. These are taught through direct instruction from the teacher and then implemented throughout our daily centers.
     
    The program is made up of both general education and special education students. The identified special education students are ARDed* through our district and the general education students are tuition paid employee children. The hours for the tuition paid students are 6:45 am to 5:00 pm. The special education students come from 8:00-12:00.
     
    What is unique about the Steps Plus program is that it includes an in-home parent training piece where the teachers go into the student's home once a week to generalize skills that are taught in the classroom. We also go into the community to assist daycare centers in supporting our students. 
     
    * ARD - These letters stand for Admission, Review, and Dismissal. It is the Texas name for the group of people who make educational decisions and develop an individual education plan for the student.