Preschool and Kindergarten Education
The Hospital Education Program (HEP) provides services to children from ages 2 through 5 years who are hospitalized at University Hospital. The stimulating and fun environment is designed to encourage growth in major developmental areas.
Play and learning opportunities center on weekly thematic units. Classroom activities include stories, music, art, science projects, and games. Medical play also helps children explore their fears and anxieties about hospitals and medical procedures. For children who are unable to leave their hospital rooms, bedside sessions are arranged.
Some children who come to the hospital are already enrolled in a preschool or kindergarten program. They may be enrolled in the HEP when they are seen for a minimum of two days. Hospital teachers then notify home school divisions of their enrollment and request curriculum information to help maintain a program that is as close as possible to that of the home schools. After discharge a summary of the child’s participation and progress is sent to the child’s home school teacher.
For the child who is in special education, a copy of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) is requested from the home school division. With parent permission the IEP may be modified for use during hospitalization. For the child who is suspected of having a disability, the HEP may implement the eligibility process with parent permission.
All HEP services are free to children and their families. For additional information, contact (434) 924-2658.