Lil' Longhorns Preschool

Welcome to Lil'Longhorn Preschool Last Updated: 3/29/2022 8:23 PM


Contact Lil' Longhorn Preschool

Julia Randall Elementary School
601 S. Green Valley Pkwy, Payson, AZ 85541

Payson Unified School District #10
P.O. Box 919
Payson, AZ 85547

Terri Legassie - JRE Campus
(928) 468-2635

Greta Cox - Preschool Coordinator 

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Preschool Hours

Hours of Operation: 2.5-hour sessions
Based on a 4-day week (M, Tu, W, Th)
AM Sessions 8:00 - 10:15
PM Sessions 12:30 - 2:45

Preschool Classrooms

The First School Steps Preschool uses the Creative Curriculum System for Preschool, a research based preschool curriculum. This curriculum also helps teachers develop appropriate small and large group activities to enhance growth in the classroom. Children are assessed three times each year utilizing Teaching Strategies GOLD, which includes on-going observations, samples of classroom work, and family input. For more information regarding the curriculum or assessment visit:

Our classrooms serve multi-aged children with many different ability levels. All children benefit from learning opportunities that we provide in an environment based on each child's unique qualities. 

Hours of Operation: 2.5-hour sessions
Based on a 4-day week (M, Tu W, Th)
AM Sessions 8:00 - 10:15
PM Sessions 12:30 - 2:45

Preschool Startup


The Lil' Longhorn Preschool program offers free screenings once a month for children between the ages of 2 years, 9 months, and 5 year olds that are not eligible for kindergarten. Children are screened for vision, hearing, cognitive (thinking skills), communication, social/emotional, motor skills, adaptive and self-help skills. 

Children that receive a red light after screening are scheduled for further evaluation. Children who meet state criteria for eligibility and are at least 3 years old may be eligible for our Special Needs Preschool Program.


Comprehensive Developmental Assessments are conducted to determine Preschool eligibility, present levels of performance and to assist in placement decisions made by the Multidisciplinary EvaluationTeam. 

The evaluation team consists of state and/or nationally certified caring professionals. One or more of the following team members may evaluate your child: 

  • School Psychologist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Audiologist
  • Vision Specialist


To qualify for Special Education Preschool services, a child must exhibit a developmental delay based on the evaluations given. Categories of preschool eligibility are: 

  • Preschool Speech Language Impairment
  • Developmental Delay
  • Preschool Severe Delay
  • Vision Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment

If a child is found eligible to receive Special Education services and parent consents to Initial Placement into Special Education, and Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be created.