• Delaware City Schools Special Needs Preschool
    Woodward Elementary


    We currently have openings for peer models for the 2017-2018 school year!


    Tuition for peer models:

    $175.00 per month or a total of $1,575.00 a year.


    The Delaware City Schools Preschool Program is a special needs preschool program that incorporates typically developing children as peer models. We are a licensed program that follows the Ohio Early Learning Standards outlined by the Ohio Department of Education.

    Because schools are held accountable for child find, this program’s primary purpose is to support preschool students that have been identified with disabilities. Specifically, our program provides special needs students with the necessary special education services needed to meet their individual delays outline in their IEP. Because DCS offers a continuum of services, students’ individual needs can be met in a variety of ways and in many different settings.

    The Classroom:

    Special needs classrooms are made up of anywhere from 14-16 children, a classroom teacher, and one educational assistant. Up to 8 student will be identified with disabilities and the other 6 to 8 students are peer models. What makes this program so effective is that special needs students are given the opportunity to learn alongside peer models that serve as role models and provide positive interactions.

    Benefits for special needs students:

         *Improve communication skills

         *Improve social-emotional development

         *Improve behavior

         *Improve play and turn taking with peers

    Benefits for non-disabled students:

         *Develop meaningful peer relationships

         *Develop leadership and confidence in individual abilities

         *Receive high quality instruction and curriculum

    Program Description:

    Currently, the Delaware City Schools Preschool Program has a total of 9 classrooms, 7 of which are half-day programs as well as 2 full day programs. The students attend class Monday through Thursday. Our half-day programs have both a morning and afternoon session that lasts for 2.5 hours a day. Transportation is made available for all preschool students.