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The Play and Learn (PAL) Center is an integrated licensed preschool providing the highest quality education during the school year to children with identified learning challenges and their non-disabled peers, three years of age until eligible for Kindergarten. 
Students enjoy a safe and nurturing environment, small class size, and personalized attention from state licensed teachers and highly trained educational assistants. Developmentally appropriate activities including art, motor skills, and language development, are provided within a structured learning environment where children have the opportunity to build self-esteem and positive social experiences.

Aligned with Arizona Early Learning Standards, children attend PAL four days a week with optional before and after day-care services. Program is in accordance with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act-Public Law). 

For students who may qualify for special education services, the Marana Unified School District screens children starting at age 2 years, 10 1/2 months.  If screening results indicate that a child may have a disability, a comprehensive evaluation will be necessary to determine the child’s eligibility for special education and related services. A team will meet to begin the process. 

Screening and evaluation are free. All information contained in the screening or evaluation is confidential.

To schedule a screening, contact Ryan Rosete at the Marana Unified School District Educational Services Office at 520-682-4815. 

For children who are typically developing, the Preschool Peer Model Program (tuition required) provides an opportunity for children with identified learning challenges and their non-disabled peers to attend the same classroom. Peer models provide an excellent learning model for students demonstrating learning challenges. Peer models also benefit from an experientially rich, developmentally appropriate preschool with exposure to children with personal differences. 

Benefits of the Peer Model Program

Small class size with high staff-to-student ratio.
State licensed teachers and highly trained educational assistants.
Developmentally appropriate activities including circle time, art, motor skills, and language
A structured learning environment in which children have the opportunity to build self-esteem and
        positive social experiences. 
Free developmental screening and evaluation, if recommended.

Peer Model Eligibility
Residence within the Marana Unified School District
3-4 years of age, not yet Kindergarten age eligible
Toilet trained • Child demonstrates appropriate modeling in all developmental areas – speech/language, social/behavior, cognitive, adaptive, physical
Consistent daily attendance
All languages eligible

For more information about the Peer Model Program at PAL, contact Ryan Rosete at the Marana Unified School District Educational Services Office at 520-682-4815.

PAL Location, Schedule, Peer Model Fee Schedule
Located at Estes Elementary School, 11280 W. Grier Rd, Marana, AZ 85653
Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm*, $200/month
Optional Before/After Care Extended Program*
Monday – Thursday 7:00– 9:00 am, $32/week
Monday – Thursday 12:30– 3:00 pm, $40/week
Morning and afternoon Extended Care, Monday – Thursday - $72/week
Friday 7:00am – 3:00pm, $4.00 per hour
• 10% discount available for children of MUSD employees
*PAL Center follows the Marana Unified School District school year calendar and is closed when
MUSD schools are closed for holidays/breaks. Nutritious snacks provided. Transportation not

Download and print application or visit any school for an application.