In April 2018, our preschool program was awarded the Ohio Department of Educations Step Up to Quality highest rating ~ 5 STARS!

    What is Step Up To Quality? SUTQ is a rating system that awards one to five stars to learning and development programs that go above and beyond minimum licensing standards. Star-rated programs lay the foundation for children’s learning and development and build skills that are important for success in school and in life. This 5 Star rating means that DCS preschool:

    • Has highly trained teachers
    • Develop children’s school readiness skills
    • Are committed to continuous improvement
    • Value relationships with families and communities


    DCS Preschool is accepting applications for peer models

    for the 2019-20 school year!

    If you are interested in your child being a peer model and they will be 3 during the 2019-20 school year, please click the link below to put your child on the wait list. You can also call Kathie Burkman at 740-833-1126.

    Click here for the 2019-20 peer model wait list


    Program Description:

    Currently, the Delaware City Schools Preschool Program has a total of 10 classrooms, 8 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.

    Tuition for peer models:

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

    Information about the program:

    For the 2018-19 school year, Delaware City Schools Preschool Program offers a continuum of services to our students and families. We offer a general education preschool classroom, 9 special needs preschool classrooms, itinerant services, and a Friday group/Therapy session. The staff work with parents to offer the services that best fits the individual student needs. Our preschool program 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 has been developed 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. What makes our 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. Since DCS offers a continuum of services, students’ individual needs can be met in a variety of ways and in many different settings.

    The Classroom/Setting:

    The General Education Classroom is taught by a licensed preschool teacher and supported by one educational assistant. Teacher to student ratio for this room is 2:18 with the majority of the student serving as peer models. This classroom will have up to 8 students with identified disabilities and 10 peer models.

    The Special Education Classrooms is taught by a licensed preschool intervention specialist and supported by one educational assistant. Teacher to student ratio for these rooms is 2:16. The goal is to have up to 8 students with identified disabilities and 8 peer models.

    The Itinerant Services Model involves a student being taught by a licensed preschool intervention specialist in a location outside of Delaware City Schools Preschool. These services take place in a community setting or in the child's home.

    The Friday Group/Therapy Model involves a student being taught by a licensed preschool intervention specialist. The parent chooses to bring their child into the school setting shwere they can receive their specially designed instruction. This group happens on all Fridays that school is in session.

    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

         *Develop empathy and acceptance for all children


    Further Questions:

    If you have any further questions about the preschool peer model program, please don't hesitate to contact LeAnna Ford or call at 740-833-1116.