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Ruth Fisher Preschool

Creative Tots. An interactive playgroup for children and their caregivers. An hour of purposeful activities and fun! Ages / Times 2-5 year olds 10:30 - 11:30am Tuesdays in Tartesso Wednesdays in Ruth Fisher Learning through creative play.

Developmental Preschool

Saddle Mountain Developmental Preschool is a special needs preschool. It services students who reside within the Saddle Mountain Unified School District who qualify for special education preschool services. There is no charge for special needs students to attend. Special needs students will have free bus transportation. The Saddle Mountain preschool holds a license to provide part-day care for children who are from three to five years of age. The special needs preschool has the option of admitting role model students. We would want to screen them before admitting them as a role model. Role model students will have a tuition charge of $150.00 per month. Role model students need to have their own transportation to and from school.

Each day will consist of mealtime, circle time, academic skill practice, fine motor skill practice, free-choice learning centers, craft activities, story and song time, and gross motor activities. Speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, vision services, and hearing services will be available to special education students who qualify for these services.


Meals will be available in the dining area of the therapy room. Part of the focus of mealtime will be developing appropriate table manners, learning how to use utensils and other tables items correctly, and practicing conversational skills.

Hours of Operation

Preschool is three days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday throughout the school year. There are three sessions.

  • Session one is from 7:45 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
  • Session two is from 9:55 a.m. to noon
  • Session three is from 12:40 to 2:45 p.m. 

Child Find

Saddle Mountain Unified School District is looking for students aged two years nine months through five years who may have suspected delays. Children with special needs benefit from early intervention. If you are the parent of a preschool child or know of a preschool child with suspected developmental delays, please contact (623) 474-5112 to schedule a free screening. Screenings take place the first Friday of each month at Ruth Fisher Middle School.

Suspected delays can be present in the areas of communication, cognition, behavior, as well as in physical, auditory, visual and sensory development.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requires that public school agencies ensure all children (from birth through age 21) with delays or developmental disabilities are identified, located, and evaluated to receive the supports and services they need. This includes all children living within the geographic boundaries of the school district, those who are homeless or wards of the state, are attending private schools, or are home schooled. Public schools and the Arizona Early Intervention Program are responsible for finding eligible children and providing services needed for them to reach their developmental milestones or meet their educational needs.