Preschool Evaluation Process
I have concerns about my child, how do I have them evaluated?
A parent/caregiver, teacher, or doctor can do a referral. All referrals go through our Early Childhood Coordinator. Our coordinator and another preschool staff member will arrange a time to visit you and your child in your home. We will observe and interact with your child to gain an understanding of their level of development to see if a referral for an evaluation is needed.
If concerns are noted with your child’s development, a referral for an evaluation will be done.
How will my child be assessed?
We believe that young children are best assessed by observing them in their natural play environment. Members of our team will visit your home to observe your child, and your child will also attend a Play Based Assessment in one of our classrooms.
As a caregiver, we will interview you for background and additional information.
When working with your child, we will be looking at the following areas:
- Language and Communication
- Fine/Gross Motor
- Social Emotional
Who will be a part of the evaluation process?
All teams will consist of the parents/caregivers, special education preschool teacher, early childhood coordinator, district representative.
Based on your child’s needs a school psychologist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, vision specialist or audiologist may be involved as well.
How do you determine if my child is eligible for services?
After all evaluations are complete, we will hold a team meeting to review our findings.
A preschool child with a disability is a child between the ages of three and six years of age who has a delay in one or more areas of development.
What are my options for services?
Preschool children who are found to have a delay in development will have an Individualized Education Plan developed to address their delays.
Itinerant services can be provided in the least restrictive environment as agreed upon by the team.
Related services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, etc. will be provided in an educational setting.
Early Childhood Services & Locations
Our Educational Service Center works with local school districts to provide early childhood education for children ages three to five. Each classroom has a blend of special needs students and students that are typically developing peer models.
Monday-Thursday AM: 8:30-11:45 PM: 12:15-3:30
Located at Ada Exempted Village School, 725 W. North Street Ada
Little River Preschool 419-757-3231 ext 1003
Monday-Thursday AM: 8:00-11:15 PM: 11:55-3:10
Located at Upper Scioto Valley Local School, 510 Courtright Street McGuffey
Monday-Thursday AM: 8:15-11:30 PM: 12:00-3:15
Located at Ridgemont Local School, 310 West Taylor Street Mount Victory
Monday-Thursday AM: 8:00-11:15 PM: 12:00-3:15
Located at Hardin Northern Local School, 11589 State Route 81 Dunkirk
Registration Fee: $50
Monthly Tuition*: $135 (Full) $75 (Reduced)
*All of our classrooms offer a sliding fee scale based on income
What is special about our classrooms:
- Our curriculum is aligned with Ohio’s Early Learning Development Standards.
- All of our programs are licensed through Ohio Department of Education.
- All of our teachers have a bachelors degree or higher in Early Childhood or Special Education.
- Children with and without special needs are able to learn and develop together.
- Our classrooms are within the local school district, which makes transitions easier.
- We support and collaborate with families through home visits, parent teacher conferences, and parent education opportunities.
- Provide comprehensive child development services and screenings that address all developmental domains.
- Related services are in the classrooms on a weekly basis