Welcome to the Delphos City Schools Preschool
The Delphos City Schools Preschool is committed to providing a safe, secure, and nurturing educational setting for young children and their families. We believe all children are capable of learning when provided with developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that utilize research-based, student-focused instruction to enhance the child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth.
We understand that each child is unique and each child has their own pattern of growth and development. We will provide an environment, curriculum, materials, and developmentally appropriate practice to enable each child to reach his/her fullest potential wherever they are on their learning path and based on each child’s individual interests and abilities. Sensory, motor, perceptual, and language skills and concepts are developed and enhanced through child-initiated and teacher-initiated activities. Classroom routines encourage active involvement with schedules designed to balance structure and free choice, as well as active and quiet times. Our goal is to develop each child’s full potential by helping each child “Explore, Discover, Create, and Grow” through exploration and discovery; self-expression through music, movement, and art; active listening to reading by adults; organized and independent play; and multi-sensory stimulation. The Delphos City Schools Preschool staff believes that when families are engaged in the child’s education, the child’s learning is enhanced, increasing school readiness and future academic success.
The Delphos City Schools Preschool is a program for students with disabilities and typical peers/peer models. All public school districts in Ohio are required to provide services for students with disabilities who are three to five years of age. Children with special needs are served through a continuum of program options in the least restrictive environment appropriate for the child. Specialized instruction and intervention services are provided for each child in accordance with a team-developed Individualized Education Program (IEP). Related services could include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and transportation. Itinerant services in an early childhood education setting are provided when appropriate based on a child’s educational needs.
Eligibility for the Special Education Preschool Program requires that children:
Are three to five years of age and not yet compulsory school age
· Demonstrate a disability/exhibit significant delays
· Students with disabilities demonstrate documented deficits in one or more of the following areas: communication, motor, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, cognitive, adaptive behavior, hearing, or vision as determined by a multidisciplinary team through the Evaluation Team Report (ETR).