Preschool Description

General Information:

Our two preschool developmental classrooms located in the Child Development Center on the OU-C campus are operated by the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities as cooperative units for Adena, Chillicothe City, Huntington, Paint Valley, Southeastern, Union-Scioto and Zane Trace School Districts.

Our program is center based and operates four days a week (Monday through Thursday) from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Our classes are composed of 6 to 8 special needs children and two to four typically developing children who range in age from 3 to 5 years.  The teaching staff in each class consists of a preschool intervention specialist and 2 teaching assistants.

In order for a child to receive special needs services, he/she must first have an assessment completed by an evaluation team to qualify for our program.  The evaluation team is made up of school personnel who are qualified to test and observe children ages 3-5.  The team may consist of any of the following professionals:  preschool intervention specialist, school psychologist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, or other special education personnel.  For more information please contact your home school district or the Ross County Educational Service District at 740-702-3120.

Class Set-Up:

In each class, children learn at the pace most comfortable for them without the pressure of competition.  The advantage of a mixed age group is that children have the opportunity to work with children younger or older then themselves, according to their skills, yet mix socially with children of their own age.  This works well for children who function academically at one age level and socially at another.

Children will develop fundamental skills that will benefit them in all areas.  Activities are designed to help children learn to focus, concentrate, develop good work habits and skills , and encourage independence.

Children learn to respect themselves, one another and how to become positive members of a community.  Cooperation, friendship and independent problem solving are important parts of the learning process.  Group time allows your child to talk, listen to others’ ideas, share, take turns, and interact with peers in a positive and supportive environment.

Both classes utilize a curriculum that has been aligned with the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning Content Standards, which provide a benchmark of the skills children should master during their preschool years.  Our curriculum is targeted for 3 to 5 year olds and emphasizes the following:

*Motor skill development

*Social/emotional development

*Language skills

*Math

*Science

 

Our curriculum encourages learning through exploration and play – with our teachers guiding the children in group and individual settings as well as through the use of learning centers.