Oakwood Preschool

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Oakwood Preschool Mission

In an effort to provide appropriate services to preschool aged children with disabilities, the Oakwood City Schools offers an integrated preschool program, which operates four days per week with 2 hour, 45-minute sessions. 

Both preschool-age children with disabilities and typically developing children are enrolled in the program. The purpose of this program is to provide children with disabilities intervention services designed to meet their specific needs and the opportunity to interact with typically developing children in a positive learning environment.

Our preschool program is housed at Smith Elementary School and has the capacity to serve up to 32 preschoolers with disabilities and 32 preschoolers who are typically developing. 

Each section of preschool has a maximum capacity of 16 total students, with 8 slots reserved for students with disabilities and 8 slots reserved for students who are typically developing. 

The preschool program offers monthly screenings to children who are ages 3-5 and live within the District’s bounds.  These screenings aide parents and the preschool program in determining if a disability should be suspected for a student that does not already attend the program.

For more information, contact Frank Eaton at 937-299-8730 or email him at eaton.frank@oakwoodschools.org

Session Times

Oakwood Preschool has two sessions, four days a week.

Morning Session
Monday - Thursday 8:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon Session
Monday - Thursday 12:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Rachel Balsbaugh, Preschool Teacher
Joy Rogers, Itinerant Preschool Teacher
Annie Uhlenhake, Preschool Teacher
Teresa Hart, Paraprofessional
Amy Duvic, Paraprofessional
Melissa Wallace, Speech/Language Pathologist
Anne Klene, Occupational Therapist
Karen Stevens, Occupational Therapist
Eileen Epley, Physical Therapist
Deb Osterfeld, Adapted Physical Educator
Haley Goodwin, School Psychologist
Frank Eaton, Preschool Supervisor

Oakwood Preschool Receives 5 Star Rating

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High-quality learning and development programs are important because early experiences last a lifetime.  Your child has approximately 1,892 days from the time he or she is born until kindergarten.  What happens on this journey lays the foundation for success in school and life.

A Step Up To Quality Five-Star rating means your child is in a program that has demonstrated the highest level of quality.  Below are some of the ways a program can provide increased quality at the five star level.

·             There are more staff members per child.

Teachers have more time to support your child’s individual development and learning.  This is important because 90 percent of brain development occurs by the time your child is 6 years old.

·             The administrator and teachers have higher educational qualifications.

The administrator and most teachers have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and many years’ experience working with young children.  These qualifications benefit your child’s development and learning.

·             The administrator and teachers complete more than 20 hours of specialized training every two years.

The administrator and teaching staff are committed to expanding their education and skills to better support your child’s development and learning. 

·             Teachers develop lesson plans that support each child’s growth. 

Teachers plan intentional and purposeful activities and experiences that meet the needs, interests and abilities of children.  These activities and experiences support them and their development. 

·             Program staff completes assessments to evaluate and improve the learning experience.

Assessments with your child help keep track of his or her growth over time.  This lets teachers adjust how they offer experiences to your child daily.

·             Families and the community are valued.

Programs work with families and neighborhood organizations to provide more opportunities for children.

·             The program provides at least three of the following to staff: health insurance, paid leave, tuition reimbursement, discount on child care, paid professional development, retirement, flexible spending account, one hour of paid planning time weekly, paid holidays or life insurance.

     The program supports and values employees and retains good teachers

To stay current with information regarding early learning and development programs in your area and statewide, visit www.earlychildhoodohio.org.