Kayenta Early Childhood Education

Program Information

  • Services potty-trained children ages 3 to 5

  • PreK program for kindergarten readiness

  • Full and half day classes 

Contact Us

  • Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Phone number:
    (928) 697-2401

Preschool Resources

Staff Resources

Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Kayenta Early Childhood Education

Kayenta Early Childhood Education

Learning starts the moment we are born and begin to process the world around us. At Kayenta Early Childhood Development, we know that developing a love of learning at an early age lights the spark that can ignite a love of learning and fuel the quest for knowledge. Our trained educators create a positive and caring environment as they guide our littlest learners to build a strong educational foundation.

Welcome to Kayenta Early Childhood Education and Special Education

Welcome to Kayenta Early Childhood Education and Special Education! Thank you for the support over many, many years. Our parents are involved! Our parents are chaperones for winning sports and exciting activities, our parents are classroom volunteers, and many of our parents are teachers and school staff who contribute great leadership service to our scholars. Under the guidance of Superintendent Dr. Bryce Anderson, leadership teams, and principals, we are working to continue tremendous parent involvement in our strategic planning. If we are thinking ahead, we always need extra hands for our great floats for this year’s homecoming parade! Go Ponies! 

We host two monthly meetings specifically for our parents. We host our monthly parent meeting at KBC for Early Childhood Education where all parents receive program updates and where we are always available for questions or comment. For a schedule of meeting times, please contact Mrs. Grandson in our office at (928) 697-2401. Our ESS leadership team has “Ask Us Anything Meetings” monthly for all parents who have questions or comments about special education, gifted, and health programs. We always enjoy our parent conferences, IEP meetings, and individual meetings with parents! To schedule a personal meeting, please contact Mrs. John in our office at (928) 697-2400. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Just a few of the wonderful contributions made by parents are our booths at all bazaars, the KECE “Pony” logo created by a parent competition winner, fully donated garden from the community, free movie experience by local businesses, special rodeo field trip, earth day clean up, vocational and agriculture FFA event participation, and township awarded winning floats. Thank you for your help!

Currently we are seeking parent volunteers for our mural project, our traditional garden, and tutoring program. Our dedicated team members are active in the community, please ask how to become involved in Kayenta and in local chapters school activities for special and early childhood education. 

Enrolling Your Preschooler

When enrolling your child at Kayenta, please visit our school’s front office to collect the appropriate paperwork, or utilize the documents on this page. Be sure to bring the following items with you to enroll your child:

  • Birth Certificate 

  • Up-to-Date Immunization Record 

  • Proof of AZ Residency 

  • Proof of Guardianship (if you are not the student’s parent)

If you have any questions concerning enrollment, contact our receptionist at (928) 697-2401.

Technology & Hotspot Agreements

The Kayenta Unified School District has established a Wi-Fi hotspot lending program to help bridge the digital gap in our community. In order to borrow a Wi-Fi device from the district, a student and their parents/guardians must sign our hotspot lending acceptable use agreement. In addition, the district issued iPads with the intentions for school use only. Students are responsible for keeping their iPad battery charged for school each day and for bringing their iPad to all classes, unless specifically instructed not to do so by their teacher. If left at home, you are responsible for getting the coursework completed as if you had your iPad present. In addition to teacher expectations for iPad use, students may access grades, attendance and other information through the Student-Canvas App. For more information, please see our iPad agreement in its entirety.

Child Find

Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening, and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all young children with disabilities and their families who are in need of Early Intervention Program (Part C) or preschool special education (Part B/619) services.

We schedule evaluations on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Kayenta Business Center. To make an appointment, please call (928) 697-2401. Please review available dates below:

KUSD #27 Child Find Schedule

  • August 5, 2022

  • September 2, 2022

  • October 7, 2022

  • November 4, 2022

  • December 2, 2022

  • January 6, 2023

  • February 3, 2023

  • March 3, 2023

  • April 7, 2023

  • May 5, 2023

  • June 2, 2023

Early Childhood Education Staff


Evangeline Tso
Program Coordinator

Shonna Grandson

Laura Delmar
Itinerant Teacher / SAT Chair

Program Support 

Frances Adekai
Teacher Assistant

 Preschool Faculty & Staff 

Virginia Arthur
Preschool Teacher
A.M./P.M. Sessions

 PreK Faculty & Staff 

Jody Smith
PreK Teacher

Kristen Tacheene
ECE Teacher

Jessica Denetsosie
Technical Assistant

Britt Tallis
Teacher Assistant