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.

Sincerely,

Steve Linson, Director of Preschool Programs

Preschool Philosophy & Program Overview

Preschool Philosophy
 
It is the philosophy of the Northeastern Local School District Preschool Programs to provide children with 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 programs. 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. 

A student is eligible for Kindergarten at Northeastern Local if they are 5 yrs. old by August 1st.
 
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 15 students 

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, Northeastern Elementary School and Morgan Ferry, Rolling Hills Elementary School. Checks can be made out to Northeastern Elementary School or Rolling Hills School (Depending on where your child attends). Please put your child’s name on all checks.

Child Find Preschool Screenings

Northeastern Local will have 4 Developmental Screening dates for the 2022-23 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 our buildings or First Christian Church (3638 Middle Urbana Road, Springfield, OH. 45502).

Child Find Screening Dates 2022-23

Friday, September 23rd, to be held at First Christian Church

Friday, November 18, 2022

Friday, February 10, 2023

Friday, April 14, 2023


Please feel free to contact one of the following individuals to set up an appointment screening time/date.
Mr. Steve Linson, Director of Preschool Program (325-7615)
Mrs. Jane McKeever, Northeastern Elementary Preschool Teacher (346-0840) 
Mrs. Stephanie Sturgeon, Rolling Hills Preschool Teacher (399-2250)
Ms. Emily Schafer, Rolling Hills Preschool Teacher (399-2250)

2022-23 Preschool Typical Selection Process

The Northeastern Preschool is a Special Education Preschool Program.  There are two classrooms located at Rolling Hills Elementary and one at Northeastern Elementary (SVES), each made up of 15 students (at full capacity-7 typical students and 8 students identified with disabilities) per classroom.  The Ohio Department of Education sets these parameters and the District is not allowed to exceed unless there is specific permission from the Ohio Department of Education.

 

Ohio Revised Code (ORC) updated rule 3301-51-11, for the 2022-23 school year, NELSDs preschool programs will transition from an Integrated Preschool Program to a Special Education Preschool program, which means at least fifty-one percent of the students in the classroom must be identified with a disability.
 

How will this change impact my preschooler?
During the preschool enrollment period for the 2022-23 school year, typically developing peer slots will only be available if at least one less than the number of identified students within each classroom. Therefore, typically developing peers will only be selected based on the total number of identified students per classroom.

 

By law, the district has to provide service to all students identified with a disability throughout the school year (ages 3-5 years old).  Each spring, the Northeastern Preschool selects a total of 14 typical peers per unit (at full capacity 7 for the a.m. and 7 for  the p.m.) for the following year.  The process for selection of typical students will be completed based on the following priority:

 

1) Returning Students:  

Any student that is currently being served in the program and wishes to return the following year will have first priority and will be placed on the proceeding Official Preschool Roster before any other slots are filled.

 

2) Certified/Classified Staff: Per the negotiated agreement, staff members (certified or classified) who have a child (or children), that are 4-5 years old and prior to their entry year for KG will be placed on the Official Preschool Roster.  A Preschool Prescreening Form must be filled out/received in order to be placed on the waitlist.  The District will decide, based on the parent's home address, if the child will be in the A.M. or P.M. session. 

 

3) Preschool Typical Waitlist:  As of August 1, 2017, your child may be placed on a preschool waiting list if they will turn 3 at some point throughout the school year (First day of school until the last day of school).   Students may only be placed on one typical waitlist for one specific school year.   A Preschool Prescreening Form must be filled out/received in order to be placed on the waitlist. 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.  The student 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*

 If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Steve Linson, Director of the Preschool Program at 937-325-7615.


Pre-Screening Form/Preschool Waitlist

Dear Parents,

Your child may be placed on a preschool waiting list ONLY IF your child is three years old.  If your child will turn three years old at some point throughout the 2022-23 school year (August 30th through June 2nd), the earliest you may be placed on a waitlist is August 30, 2022.  In addition, Parents/guardians will need to fill out the PRE-SCREENING FORM prior to their 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.  Busing will only be provided to and from your home address unless approved by the transportation department. There will be no transportation outside the school district.   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 waitlist, 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 until you call and request the transfer to the new list.

**If you wish, the District will inform you of your child’s placement on the Preschool Typical Waitlist at any time 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 Northeastern ES: Mrs. Jane McKeever
Preschool Aide: Mrs. Michelle Helterbran
 
Staff RHES: Mrs. Stephanie Sturgeon, Ms. Emily Schafer
Preschool Aides: Mrs. Tara Slagle, Mrs. Kristin Crankshaw
 
Related Services
Lindsay Brumfield, SLP - RHES
Margret Lehmenkuler, SLP -SVES
Rita Fincham, Occupational Therapist
Katie Bishop, Occupational Therapist
Lori Phillips, Physical Therapist
Julia Cook, COTA

Preschool Sites

Northeastern Local Preschool, Located at Northeastern Elementary
140 West Main Street
South Vienna, Ohio 45369
937-346-0840
Principal, Mrs. Lori Swafford
 
Rolling Hills Preschool, Located at Rolling Hills Elementary
2613 Moorefield Road
Springfield, Ohio 45502
937-399-2250
Principal, Mr. Drew Snyder
 

Family & Community Involvement

Models for Family Community Engagement  

Informational Items/Forms

Special Education Procedural Safeguards Notice