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Developmental Preschool/Peer Model

Developmental Preschool

The major objective of the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools Developmental Preschool is to provide a positive learning environment through a child-centered program. The program will provide classroom experience that includes: skills assessment and development activities; parental involvement in the planning and implementation of individual child programs; and promotion of intellectual, social and physical growth accepting each child on an individual developmental level. This program will allow children to solve problems independently, to encourage communication and to explore material and interest through quiet and active play.


Preschoolers with disabilities ages 3-5; this includes those with deficits in communication skills, hearing or vision abilities, motor functioning, social- emotional/behavioral functioninq, coqnitive ability and/or adaptive behavior.


A developmental preschool program and related services such as speech and


language therapy which are deemed necessary on an individual basis.


Four half-day sessions are available, Monday through Thursday. Some programs may be designed differently to program meet individual needs.



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Public school personnel are required to identify and evaluate all children under age 22 who might be considered to have problems which affect their education. Early recognition of potential problems can necessitate the provision of activities and services that may prevent more serious difficulties when the child is older. If problems persist, specialized school programs are available.


Peer Role Models May be Needed!

Typical peer role models or children without disabilities are assigned to every classroom. Those children being considered need to go through a screening process. Applications for a screening can be obtained clicking the Preschool Program tab on the left.

Parenting with Love and Logic

So, what exactly is Love and Logic? This approach to discipline puts parents in control, gives children the tools to succeed in being responsible, and prepares them for the real world by being accountable for their choices and actions. The process is described as:

  1. Shared control:Gain control by giving away the control you don't need.
  2. Shared thinking: Provide opportunities for the child to do the greatest amount of thinking and decision-making.
  3. Equal shares of empathy with consequences: An absence of anger causes a child to think and learn from his/her mistakes.
  4. Maintain the child's self-concept: Increased self-concept leads to improved behavior and improved achievement.

Love and Logic also describes two rules which when followed, allows for everyone to win. Rule #1: Adults take care of themselves by providing limits in a loving way.

Rule #2: Childhood misbehavior is treated as an opportunity to gaining wisdom.

Please contact Julie Alexander at st_alexander@smf.csd.org if you are interested in Love and Logic.

Preschool peer model 

Acceptance into the preschool program occurs through one of two avenues:

Preschooler with a Disability: A child between the ages of three and five who demonstrate delays in one or more areas of development during the screening process. Areas of delay include communication, motor, social/emotional/behavior, adaptive, cognitive and visualf hearing impairments. This screening/evaluation process involves play-based activities, parent interview, formal and informal assessment.


Peer Model: a child between the ages of three and five who does NOT have special needs can apply to the program as a peer model. A screening is completed prior to acceptance into the program. Peer models must be completely toilet-trained and demonstrate good play skills (appropriate toy play, engagement with others, taking turns, etc.).



Once all information is received, you will be contacted to schedule a screening date and time. At the screening, your child will participate in a variety of preschool activities over a 45 minute session with several other prospective students. The Screening Team will be looking for specific skills in the areas of language development, motor, social and pre-academic skills. Screenings are tentatively planned for several sessions throughout the school year.

After the screening, letters of acceptance or denial will be sent to the families indicating one of the following:

  • 1) Your child has been selected as a peer in the program;
  • 2)Your child has not been selected as a peer;
  • 3)The results of the screening indicate that your child is experiencing a delay in one or more areas of their development. The parent will be contacted at a later time to discuss the possibility of additional evaluations.

Please understand, not all children that apply to the program will be accepted. If you child is accepted, the acceptance letter will include the steps and documents needed for registration.