Enrolling in Pickerington Preschool

You have taken the first step in your child's lifelong learning journey by applying to the Pickerington Preschool. Below, you will find step-by-step instructions regarding the subsequent enrollment process.

Detailed Instructions

How to Enroll for Peer Models and Children with Special Needs
Peer Models
1. Parents complete the 17-18 Preschool application for next school year.
2. After the survey is completed, a secretary will call parents within two business days to let them know how to enroll their child in Pickerington Schools.
3. Parents complete the two-step enrollment process through the Welcome Center. The two-step process involves both completing online forms and attending an appointment at the Welcome Center.
4. The Welcome Center will provide parents with the medical and emergency forms needed for preschool.
5. After enrollment in completed, a preschool staff member will call parents within three business days to let parents know who their child’s teacher will be and when their child’s first day of school will be.
6. Parents are welcome to visit the school prior to their child’s first day. If you would like to schedule a time to visit, please contact the preschool supervisor at 614.834-2661.
Children with Possible Special Needs
1. Parents complete the 17-18 Preschool Application for next school year.
2. After the survey is completed, a secretary will call parents within two business days to schedule a screening with the preschool staff. All screenings are held on Fridays.
3. The school psychologist will call with screening results and recommended next steps within three days of the screening.
4. If an evaluation is recommended, parents will be asked to complete the two-step enrollment process through the Welcome Center. The two-step process involves both completing online forms and attending an appointment at the Welcome Center.
5. If an evaluation is recommended, the school psychologist will schedule follow-up appointments with your family.
Guidelines for Identifying Peer Models and Special Needs Students
The enrollment process is different for children with special needs compared to the process for peer model students.

Typically developing (TD) children are accepted into the preschool program to serve as role models to other children. Requirements include:

  • Child must be 3 to 5 years of age
  • Child must be potty trained
  • Transportation is responsibility of the parent(s)

Rates for Typically Developing Children

The cost for typically developing children to attend Pickerington Preschool is $10 per day, Monday-Thursday for 2.75 hours a day.

Here are some guiding questions that may help parents understand which enrollment process (peer model or possible special needs) applies to them.

Your child will be a good peer model if:
  • He/she plays nicely with other children.
  • He/she will follow one- and two-step directions such as, put your shoes away and hang up your coat.
  • He/she is able to say the names of common things such as, ball, table, door, and blocks.
  • He/she speaks in full sentences such as, “I want a cookie.”
  • He/she is able to say these sounds correctly when talking: p, b, m, t, d, n, k, g, and f.

 

Benefits of Preschool

There are many benefits for children in preschool.

Preschool helps children build self confidence, expand creativity, acquire basic mathematic skills, strengthen language and motor skills, and develop good social and behavior management skills. They also gain exposure to letters, numbers, shapes, colors and sounds which are important pre-kindergarten skills