Advances in brain research clearly show that children’s early childhood experiences can profoundly influence how their brain will develop and how they will interact with the world around them. Birth through five is especially crucial. Early intervention and education helps to shape the natural learning that occur within the environment during the first few years of life. The supports and services offered through our Early Learning Center provide early intervention and high-quality preschool services that assist children, ages 3-5, gain critical school readiness skills that are needed to succeed in kindergarten and throughout their lives.
We offer a continuum of services within our preschool setting, which includes full and partial day programming for students who demonstrate typical development, those with a developmental delay, as well as those who have been determined to have a disability. All of our classes have a low student to teacher ratio, and every classroom has a master or bachelor level lead teacher in the area of early childhood education. The classroom team includes a highly qualified educational assistant who works in concert with the lead teacher. The Early Learning Center also has a psychologist, speech therapists, an occupational therapist, and a physical therapist on site who provide intervention assistance for children, or consultation and training for educators.
Our General Education Preschool Program is free for income-eligible children. Our Integrated Special Needs Program is free for all children enrolled, regardless of family income. All of our classrooms provide specialized intervention assistance for typically developing children, as well as those who demonstrate delays or disabilities. Children are screened, assessed, and evaluated to determine the most appropriate educational placement.
The Early Learning Center implements a comprehensive, evidence-based preschool curriculum that is aligned with Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards in all essential domains for kindergarten readiness. The curriculum is designed to promote development in language and literacy, emergent writing, math, science, social skill development, and gross motor.
Each child develops at his/her own pace, but parents are encouraged to contact the Early Learning Center to have their child screened if their preschool-aged child:
• Struggles with separation anxiety
• Refuses to interact with people outside his/her family
• Demonstrates an inability to play with other children
• Avoids eye contact
• Can't throw a ball or jump
• Can't climb stairs with alternating feet
• Has trouble scribbling
• Has lost skills that he/she previously had
• Speaks in 1-2 word utterances
• Their speech is unintelligible (individuals outside of the home experience difficulty understanding him/her)
• Doesn't engage in pretend play
• Excessively balks at basic self-care, like getting dressed or going to sleep
• Reacts poorly to loud noises
• Rocks excessively
At the Early Learning Center, all students receive a free meal. Students in our AM program receive free breakfast, students in our PM program receive free lunch, and all day students get both breakfast and lunch.
All Early Learning Center students are offered free door-to-door transportation to and from school each day.