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Welcome to the Northeastern Local School District Preschool ProgramĀ 

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 Philosophy & Program Overview

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 five yrs. old by August 1.

Important Preschool Information

Four Days Per Week Classes

Kenton Ridge Preschool

Monday to Thursday

  • Morning Session 7:45 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon Session 11:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Each class is composed of up to 16 students 

Two-Hour Delay Schedule

  • AM - 9:45 to 11:40 a.m.
  • PM - 12:10 to 2:00 p.m.

Northeastern Preschool

Monday to Thursday

  • Morning Session 7:45 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon Session 11:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Each class is composed of up to 16 students 

Two-Hour Delay Schedule

  • AM - 9:45 to 11:40 a.m.
  • PM - 12:10 to 2:00 p.m.

Preschool Not in Session/Calamity Days -Weather-Related NELSD preschool follows the decision of the school district or individual school building. Please visit the Northeastern Local School District website ( to be informed about cancellation decisions.

2023-24 Preschool Parent Survey

Preschool Locations and Staff Information

Northeastern Local Preschool, Located at Northeastern Elementary
140 West Main Street
South Vienna, Ohio 45369
Principal, Mrs. Lori Swafford

Staff Northeastern ES

Director:  Steve Linson

Mrs. Jane McKeever

Ms. Taylor Riley

Preschool Aide
Mrs. Michelle Helterbran
Mrs. Traci McDaniel

Kenton Ridge Preschool, Located at Kenton Ridge Elementary
2250 Montego Drive
Springfield, Ohio 45502
Principal, Mr. Rob Shaffer

Staff KRES

Mrs. Stephanie Sturgeon

Ms. Emily Schafer

Preschool Aides
Mrs. Tara Slagle
Mrs. Kristin Crankshaw

Related Services

  • Lindsay Brumfield, SLP - KRES

  • Rita Fincham, Occupational Therapist
  • Katie Bishop, Occupational Therapist
  • Lori Phillips, Physical Therapist
  • Julia Cook, COTA

Preschool Supply Lists