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Preschool

Welcome to the Ross-Pike County Early Childhood Education Program. We are a program serving young children from the ages of three to five years old. The interventions used are focused on the child’s interest, playfulness, and encourage development of each child. We strive to meet the needs of each individual child. We provide a safe, comfortable environment that allows the child the change for maximum opportunities for independence, creativity, and exploration.

Families are a valuable part of our program. We value your participation, insights, and comments. Your participation is in whatever ways you feel comfortable. Your comments and questions help build the program and make us a stronger program for children.

Philosophy

The educational philosophy of the Ross-Pike County Educational Service District (ESD) preschool classes is based on the belief that children should be given a variety of learning opportunities to enhance the child’s individual needs. We believe that all children, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability, should be exposed to an environment that encourages them to understand that they belong to a group, as well as allowing for their individual growth and development of a positive self-image.

We believe that parents have both the right and responsibility to become involved and share in decisions about their child’s care and education. Parents are considered a valuable part of the educational team, and we encourage you to assist us in providing the best possible education for your child.

The children in our program will explore their environment in all imaginable ways. We believe that children learn best through play, through involvement in activities which help them to acquire knowledge, and to apply this knowledge meaningfully in constructive and creative ways. For real learning to occur, preschoolers must be active players who are encouraged to make choices, ask questions, experiment, and develop solutions. Through this process, children will become responsible for their own actions and feelings. The children come to learn that they are capable individuals who can act on their knowledge of the physical and social worlds.

Each child is served by a team of early educators and specialists along with the child’s parents. The team works together to individualize the child’s assessment and implement individual goals along with classroom activities. Through the integration of children whose needs may require individualized learning plans, staff, families, and children become aware that educational and physical differences are not barriers of diverse goals, but rather a wealth of wonderful learning experiences for everyone involved.

Preschool Goals:

* To provide an overall framework for learning in all developmental areas.

* To develop goals based on assessments and on-going evaluations.

* To provide an atmosphere of sensitivity and respect for parent involvement.

* To provide play opportunities which promote generalization of skills.

The Ross-Pike County Early Education curriculum is designed to meet the needs of developmentally delayed and typically developing children from the ages of three to five.

The curriculum incorporates the Ohio Department of Education’s Academic Content Standards, and for special needs children an Individualized Education Plan, ensuring that each child receives developmentally appropriate instruction based on current research and practices.