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Developmental Preschool/Peer Model

Developmental Preschool

The major objective of the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools Developmental Preschool, administered by Summit County ESC, 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.

WHO:

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.

WHAT:

A developmental preschool program and related services such as speech and

language therapy which are deemed necessary on an individual basis.

WHEN:

Two half-day sessions are available, Monday through Thursday. Some programsmay be designed differently to program meet individual needs. This follows the regular school calendar.


WHERE:

Indian Trail Elementary School.

WHY:

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.

Summit County Educational Service Center serves the district's preschool children and their families, offering a full range of instructional and support services. For more information and to contact the ESC for preschool services, please access this link

http://cybersummit.org/Services/Preschool/Oefault.asx

To enroll your child in the Summit County Preschool program for SMFCSD, please access this link for information and necessary registration forms:

http://cybersummit.org/Services/Preschool/Registration.aspx

If you are a parent of a preschool child and suspect your child may have a delay in one of the following areas:

Cognitive

Social Emotional Communication Fine Motor

Gross Motor

... please call Jessica Jessel, Summit County ESC at 330-945-5600, Ext 511259 or click here:
http://cybersummit.org/Services/Preschool/Default.aspx for more information.

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 by calling Summit County ESC, Jessica Jessel, at 330-945-5600 Ext. 511259

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 application

The Summit County Educational Service Center provides special education and public preschool programming for the districts of Copley-Fairlawn, Coventry, Cuyahoga Falls, Manchester, Mogadore, Nordonia Hills, Revere, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge and Woodridge. Children enrolled are taught through a developmentally appropriate and multi-sensory curriculum aligned with the State of Ohio's pre Kindergarten Content Standards.

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.

OR

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.)

Applications can be picked up at the Summit County Educational Service Center's reception desk or downloaded below.

Once you are on the webpage, click on the Summit County Preschool ABC blocks located in the middle of the page, then click on the blue box to the right that says "Enrollment and Registration".

PEER SCREENING PROCESS

The Summit County Educational Service Center provides special education and public preschool programming for children between the ages of three and five, for the districts of Copley-Fairlawn, Coventry, Cuyahoga Falls, Manchester, Mogadore, Nordonia Hills, Revere, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge and Woodridge. Children enrolled are taught through a developmentally appropriate and multi-sensory curriculum aligned with the State of Ohio's Pre-Kindergarten Content Standards. The Summit County Preschool Program has a step by step process to ensure that registration, screening and program recommendations are done in a timely and efficient manner.

STEP 1: Proof of Residency and Application

Any child applying to the program must live within one of the local school districts listed above, and residency must be provided and verified at the time of application. The following information will be needed to begin the application process:

  • •Proof of residency (Accepted: a utilities bill, lease agreement, deed, credit card bill, bank statement, etc.)
  • •Parent/Guardian current pay stub or W-2
  • •Custody papers, signed and certified if applicable

STEP 2: Screening

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 late spring, prior to the start of the academic year.

STEP 3: Selection

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;

  • 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. In instances where there are more applicants than PEER spots available, a lottery selection will occur with the children eligible from the screening.

Step 4: Registration Completion

A registration packet will be sent along with the acceptance letter. No child will start the program unless all registration documents are completed and turned In to the preschool office. The following items will be required to complete your child's registration:

  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records & Health History Form
  • Emergency Medical Forms
  • Photo Release and Roster Permission Form
  • Tuition Contract