Pickerington Preschool

Through partnerships with families, the mission of Pickerington Preschool is to provide a nurturing, high quality, and individualized educational environment for children to begin their journey as life long learners.

Preschool Supervisor

Amy McNeal
Amy McNeal
Preschool Coordinator
Tussing (614) 834-2661; Violet (614) 834-2661

Contact Us

Tussing Elementary: 614.834.2620

Violet Elementary: 614.834-2661

Sycamore Creek Elementary: 614-834-6200

District Administration: 614.834.2110

Transportation: 614.837.8525

About Pickerington Preschool

Overview

The Pickerington Preschool is a program that enhances and encourages learning for children with disabilities and typically developing children (peer models). We welcome children ages 3-5 years of age, while offering a range of services free to children with a qualifying disability. We believe that typical peers serve as models for appropriate behavior, social skills, and  language/ communication skills. Therefore, we include a limited number of “Peer Models” into each of our classrooms.  Typically developing children (peer models) are enrolled on a tuition basis, must be toilet trained, and residents of the Pickerington Local School District.  All children are provided with a typical preschool experience and the opportunity to interact with children of all abilities. See information on “Identifying Peer Models and Special Needs Students” below.

The program is operated according to the Ohio Department of Education standards, federal mandates for the Education of Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, and state licensure rules and regulations. Preschool teachers must hold a license for the Early Education of the Handicapped issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

The philosophy of the program emphasizes developmentally-appropriate activities.  The preschool has adopted the Creative Curriculum. Within this context, children with  disabilities receive play-based, individualized, developmentally-appropriate  interventions, including child- and teacher-directed activities.

All program services are operated according to the Ohio Department of Education Rules for the Education of preschool children with disabilities and state licensure rule.

Locations

Pickerington Preschool operates three locations in the district, at Tussing, Violet and Sycamore Creek Elementary schools.

Tussing Elementary              7117 Tussing Road   Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 614.834.2620

Violet Elementary                8855 Education Drive  Pickerington, OH 43147  614.548.1500

Sycamore Creek Elementary  500 Sycamore Creek Street Pickerington, OH 43147 614.834.6200

 

Program Options

There are several options for parents wanting to enroll their children in Pickerington Preschool, including center-based classrooms, itinerant service, and providers.

Center-based classrooms

  • Maximum of eight children with special needs and up to eight typically developing children per classroom
  • Special education teacher and assistant(s)
  • Related services may include speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, orientation and mobility, audiology and transportation.

Itinerant

Itinerant options provide service delivery in the home or at other preschool sites, such as Head Start. This service is available for one hour per week.

Providers

  • Special education teacher
  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
Hours

 

Morning classes

8-10:45 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays

Afternoon classes

12:00-2:45 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays

Evaluations and meetings

Held on Friday

Two-Hour Delays

Morning classes

10-11:45 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays

Afternoon classes

1:00-2:45 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays

 

Dropping off and Picking Up Students

Drop Off:

Staff will be available 5 minutes prior to start time and remain at the doors until 5 minutes past start time.

If you arrive beyond that time, please take your child to the front office.  The building secretary will notify the classroom and send an assistant to escort your child to the classroom.

** Tussing Parents- you must park your car in the front parking lot and bring your child to the marked side doors

Pick Up:

Staff will be available beginning at 10:40 or 2:40 at the side doors for dismissal.  Please do not go to the main office unless you are late.

If you arrive beyond that time, please go to the front office.  The building secretary will notify the classroom and an assistant will bring your child to you.

**Tussing Parents: You must park your care in the front lot and pick up your child at the marked side doors.

 

Info about Early Learning Development Standards

On October 9, 2012, the State Board of Education adopted Ohio’s Entry Early Learning and Development Standards in all domains of school readiness to reflect the comprehensive development of children beginning at birth to kindergarten entry.  The development of these standards represented a collaboration between state agencies serving young children.  The state agencies worked with national experts and writing teams made up of Ohio-based content experts and stakeholders to revise and expand the standards.

To learn more, please visit the ODE website – ODE Early Learning Standards