Oakwood Preschool

The ABC's of Oakwood Preschool 2020

Preschool Update July 30

Gov. DeWine announced July 28, 2020 the emergency rule limiting the number of students allowed in preschool classrooms will be rescinded as of Aug. 9.  Following that announcement, Oakwood Schools has been working to determine how many typically developing students will be able to attend Oakwood Preschool for the 2020 - 2021 school year.  

After reviewing the guidelines and the space available, Oakwood Schools has determined it is possible to safely allow 12 students in each of our two larger preschool classrooms.  Eight spots in each class will be reserved for students with disabilities, leaving four spots in each section for typically developing preschoolers.  Because there will be a morning and an afternoon section in each classroom, Oakwood Preschool will have 16 spots for typically developing peers.  In order to provide the best opportunities for the most students, Oakwood Preschool will be offering typically developing students a half-time model in which students can either attend Monday and Tuesday or Wednesday and Thursday.  This plan will enable 32 students to utilize the 16 spots.  While this is not ideal, we are excited we will be able to support more students and families.

In addition to capacity guidelines, two additional requirements exist for preschools.  Those requirements are:  mandatory daily temperature checks for students and staff by staff prior to entering the program and more frequent hand washing. 

Parents should look for one of three email notifications:

  • Parents of students with disabilities will receive a Google Form survey asking for them to select which delivery model they would like to select (center based, itinerant or online)
  • Parents of the first 32 typically developing students will receive a Google Form survey offering a spot and asking for a morning or afternoon preference and a Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday preference. 
  • Parents of typically developing students beyond the first 32 will receive a waiting list.

Thank you for your patience and support during this ever changing time!


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
Sue Hundt, Preschool Teacher
Teresa Hart, Paraprofessional
Aimee Obermeyer, 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

Process for Selecting Typically Developing Preschool Students

Typically developing preschool students are selected for the program by signing up on a waitlist. For fall of 2019, students must be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 30, 2019; be residents of the district; and be typically developing. Applications for placement in the 2019-2020 school year can be turned in starting at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Lange Elementary School.

Applications that are mailed in will be time stamped as 4:00 p.m. the day that they are received by the school. Mailed applications that are received prior to April 13, 2019 will be considered received at 4:00 p.m. April 13, 2019. Families of students who receive a slot in the preschool program will be notified of the slot and whether it is in the morning or afternoon section by mid-May 2019.

Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year for typically developing preschool students will be $1,400.

Questions? Contact Frank Eaton at eaton.frank@oakwoodschools.org

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.