• Early Childhood logo The Peer Model Program provides an opportunity for typically developing children to be integrated into our Early Childhood Special Education classrooms to serve as role models for our children with special needs.


    Peer Model students provide positive peer interactions, demonstrate play skills, and model appropriate language and behavior for children with special needs while in the classroom setting.


    A Peer Model student must demonstrate age-appropriate skills in the areas of play, social, behavior, speech, language and motor. Additionally, all peer models must be independent with toileting and speak English fluently. Children must be at least 3 years old before attending, and not be age-eligible to attend kindergarten.


    We have a limited number of slots available for Peer Models. We begin accepting applications in December for the following school year. Enrollment continues through the year as slots are available.



    The Blue Valley Early Childhood Peer Program is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year.

    Placement timeline for the 2022-23 school year:


    • December 28 - 2022-23 application open for new peers

    • February 15 - all new applications received as of that date will be randomized and placed in available spots

    • After February 15, available spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis. If you have any difficulty using the online application, please contact the Administrative Assistant for Early Childhood at 913-624-2912.


    Families will be notified by email of Peer Model Placement the week of February 22, 2022. Thank you for your patience while we work to ensure the best placement for all children.



    Families applying during January and February will be notified by the end of February. Remaining applicants will be placed on a first come, first served basis.


    A fee of $12 per day will be assessed for all Peer Model Students (FEE SUBJECT TO CHANGE). Families will pay a portion of this fee upon acceptance into the program and the remainder is paid in monthly installments from September 2022 - March 2023.


    Peers can enroll at any time in the school year as spaces are available. Peers must be at least 3 years old, but not age-eligible to attend kindergarten, must be independent with toileting, and must speak English fluently. Children who are eligible to receive a special education service (including speech services) are not eligible as peers.


    If there are any questions or a printed application is needed please contact the Early Childhood Special Education Program.