Dickson County Schools offers two early childhood programs. Both programs are state certified and implement the Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards (TN-ELDS).
The Inclusive Preschool Program
is a half-day preschool providing services for children with disabilities and typically developing peers who are 3 or 4 years old on or before August 15th. The program is free for students with disabilities. A typical peer models appropriate skills, speech, and behavior for children with delays in the classroom. All peers must be toilet-trained to participate in the program. The cost is $15 a week, peers attend half-days three days a week, and parents must transport to/from the school. Students attend a morning program from 8 am to 11 am, or attend an afternoon program from 12 pm to 3 pm. Peers participate in a developmental screening prior to acceptance in the program.
Five elementary schools offer the VPK program: Dickson Elementary School, Oakmont Elementary School, Stuart-Burns Elementary School, Vanleer Elementary School, and White Bluff Elementary School.