Preschool Page

Welcome To Northeastern Local Preschool

Dear Parents, 

The staff of the Northeastern Local School District welcomes the opportunity to work with students and their families and sincerely hope that this year will be a positive and enriching opportunity for all.

Our program provides age appropriate education for children ages three to five years old that are typically developing or have special needs. This education is guided by the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Early Learning and School Readiness and is assessable to parents on the Ohio Department of Education website. Students with special needs also receive appropriate speech, physical, and occupational therapy as determined by the IEP team. 

Northeastern Local School District staff members are licensed by the Ohio Department of Education and participate in continuous professional development throughout the year. The Ohio Department of Education also makes two annual visits to each preschool classroom for licensure inspection. Compliance reports are posted in each classroom.


Steve Linson, Director of Preschool Programs

Preschool Fees

The peer program is funded by tuition of $125 per month for the morning and afternoon class. Tuition is due the 1st of each month (September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April, and May). The first payment will be due on September 1st.

Accounts must be current on the first day of each month and must remain current. If you are 30 days late on payment, your child will be withdrawn from the preschool. Deductions will not be made for a child’s absence due to illness. There also will be no deductions for family vacations; we have vacation time already in our school schedule.

No payment will be accepted by the teachers: payments are due to the financial secretary in each building. Krista Lingrell, South Vienna Elementary School and Julia Poling, Rolling Hills Elementary School. Checks can be made out to South Vienna School or Rolling Hills School (Depending on where your child attends). Please put your child’s name on all checks.


In an effort to meet your needs and to encourage a smooth transition into the 2019-20 school year, Northeastern Local Schools has established a preschool screening and parent orientation for the start of the new year.  The purpose of this screening and orientation is to provide you with information about the preschool and to answer any of your questions.

All preschool students (typical, identified, returning or new) will need to go through the screening process.  The goal of the screening is to provide baseline data in order to help us better educate your children. The results have no bearing on if your child will attend preschool for the 2019-20 school year.   The screenings will take place at the First Christian Church, located at 3638 Middle Urbana Road, Springfield, Ohio 45502.  


The Preschool Screening will be administered to all preschool students during the first 3 days of school (Wednesday, August 21, Thursday, August 22, and Friday, August 23).  Each session is divided into several parts.  While your children are being assessed, I will be giving a short presentation to our parents.  We will be screening 7 students every hour. Please allow a minimum of one hour to complete the session. The District will be using the approved screening instrument, the DIAL-4, which addresses the following domains: language, cognitive, motor, social-emotional skills, and vision and hearing.

Please be reminded that both medical forms (2) and the dental form (1), are due Friday, August 16th.  (Please drop all forms at the Northeastern Board Office, 1414 Bowman Road, Springfield, Ohio 45503).

Also, there will be an evening preschool orientation,  “Little Sprouts, Watch Us Grow,” for RHES on Wednesday, August 21st, and at SVES on Thursday, August 22nd.  More information will be sent to you in August and listed on the NELSD Preschool Website about this evening opportunity.

Child Find Preschool Screenings

Northeastern Local will have 5 Developmental Screening dates for the 2019-20 school year.  All children participating in the screening will be administered the DIAL-4 and screened in the following areas:  Gross Motor Skills, Self-Help Skills, Speech, Fine Motor Skills, Learning Skills, Social/Behavior Skills, and Vision/Hearing.  All Developmental Screenings will be held at First Christian Church (3638 Middle Urbana Road, Springfield, OH. 45502)
Please feel free to contact one the following individuals to set up an appointment screening time/date.
Mr. Steve Linson, Director of Preschool Program (325-7615)
Mrs. Stephanie Sturgeon, Rolling Hills Preschool Teacher (399-2250)
Mrs. Jane McKeever, South Vienna Preschool Teacher (346-0840) 
Ms. Emily Schafer, South Vienna Preschool Teacher (346-0840)
Future Screening Dates:
Friday September 13, 2019
Friday October 18, 2019
Friday November 8, 2019
Friday January 17, 2020
Friday March 13, 2020 
Friday April TBD

Preschool Philosophy & Program Overview

Preschool Philosophy
It is the philosophy of the Northeastern Local School District Preschool Programs to provide children a foundation of developmentally appropriate experiences where children are encouraged to learn and be successful in a safe and nurturing environment. The learning experiences serve as a bridge between home and the school setting to channel their natural enthusiasm and curiosity to set the stage for future learning.

We believe that each child is a unique individual and that all children can learn. Our preschool programs provide an inclusive setting that recognizes children’s varied abilities, interests, needs and learning styles.

We recognize that parents are the child’s first teachers. Children learn best when parents are involved in their educational program. The primary bridge between home and school is the involvement of family and community.

We believe children learn best through meaningful play. Our play-based, child centered program reflects the integration of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language, self-help and aesthetic areas for the total development of the child. Meaningful play encourages curiosity, discovery and problem solving which allows individual growth and development of a positive self-image.

The Northeastern Local School Preschool Program strives to promote academic achievement by offering services to our early learners, while focusing on their diverse and individual needs.  We strive to collaborate with parents and students to create a high quality program, in which each child is a valued member of our learning community.
There are two preschool classrooms within the district.  Each classroom has one classroom teacher and one paraprofessional.  Morning and afternoon sessions are offered. 
4 days per week classes
Monday - Thursday
RHES Morning Session 7:45-10:30
RHES Afternoon Session 11:25-2:10
SVES Morning Session 7:45-10:30
SVES Afternoon Session 11:25-2:10
Each class is composed of up to 16 students 

Preschool Waitlist/Selection

Dear Parents,
Your child may be placed on a preschool waiting list if they will turn three years old at some point throughout the 2019-20 school year (August 21st through May 28th).  As of August 21, 2019, Parents/guardians will need to fill out the Pre-Screening Parent Form prior to your child being placed on any typical waitlist.   Students may only be placed on one typical waitlist for one specific school year. The District will decide, based on the parent's home address, if the child will be in the A.M. or P.M. session. If your child was not selected for this current school year or you turned down an opening for your child, and you wish for your child to be placed on the following school year’s typical wait list, the parents/guardians will need to contact the teacher/board office and request that their child be placed on that specific list. Your child will NOT automatically move over to the next list without a parents’ request.

**If you wish, the District will inform you of your child’s placement on the Preschool Typical Waitlist at anytime throughout the process. However, the number of students returning to preschool and the number of staff children added to the Official Preschool Roster could have an impact on how many students we can select from the Preschool Typical Waitlist*

Staff Information

Northeastern Local Preschool Director:  Steve Linson
Staff SVES: Mrs. Jane McKeever, Ms. Emily Schafer
Preschool Aides: Mrs. Michelle Helterbran, Mrs. Kristin Crankshaw
Staff RHES: Mrs. Stephanie Sturgeon
Preschool Aide: Mrs. Tara Slagle
Related Services
Lindsay Brumfield, SLP
Michelle Borgerding, SLP 
Rita Fincham, Occupational Therapist
Lori Phillips, Physical Therapist
Lu Linkhart, COTA
Julia Cook, COTA

Preschool Sites

South Vienna Preschool, Located at the Northeastern High Annex
1480 Bowman Road
Springfield, Ohio 45502
Principal, Mrs. Denise Jones
Rolling Hills Preschool, Located at Rolling Hills Elementary
2613 Moorefield Road
Springfield, Ohio 45502
Principal, Mr. Drew Snyder