Preschool

At Whittier Early Childhood Center

Sidney City Schools Preschool at Whittier Early Childhood Center

 

 

Sidney City Schools is proud to offer preschool to children ages 3-5. Students with disabilities receive preschool at no cost. Their typically developing peers are welcome to attend for a monthly fee.

 

As educators, it is our goal to support the whole child by providing learning opportunities in all areas of development including social-emotional skills and academic foundations. Children develop an excitement for learning through a play-based, multi-sensory approach and meaningful interactions with others.

 

We strive to provide a fun, safe, and exciting culture that encourages students to take risks, problem-solve, and move toward independence.

 

PRESCHOOL INFORMATIONAL BROCHURE

 

PRESCHOOL DAY

 

Sidney City Schools preschool at Whittier Early Childhood Center runs a morning and afternoon session Monday through Thursday and follows the district calendar for conferences, breaks, and holidays. Snacks will be provided as a part of the program.

 

Morning Session - 9:00am - 11:45am

Afternoon Session - 1:00pm - 3:45pm

 

 

CURRICULUM

 

The philosophy of the program emphasizes developmentally-appropriate activities. The preschool has adopted the Creative Curriculum. The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning. Through hands-on, project-based investigations, teachers will build children’s confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills, and promote positive outcomes.

 

Within this context, children with disabilities receive play-based, individualized, developmentally appropriate interventions, including child- and teacher-directed activities.

 

 

TUITION

 

We welcome children ages 3-5 years of age, while offering a range of services free to children with a qualifying disability. Typically developing peers serve as models for appropriate behavior, social skills, and language/communication skills. Therefore, typically developing children (peer models) are enrolled on a tuition basis and must be toilet trained. 

 

Full-pay tuition is $125 per month. Please use the chart to reference your family’s size and income to determine what your monthly/annual tuition rate would be (yellow line). Tuition can be paid annually or monthly, in advance. Income verification documentation must be provided for Income Levels A-E - suitable verification includes pay stub, tax documents, award letters, child support paid/received.


Preschool Tuition Chart for 2019-2020 School Year

 

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION

 

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN MARCH 11, 2019 FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR. Please use FINAL FORMS ONLINE REGISTRATION TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORMS.

 

ELIGIBILITY: Children ages 3-5 living in the Sidney City School district who are determined eligible for special education services receive preschool free of charge. Typically developing peers are welcome to attend preschool on a tuition basis, residency of district not required.

 

Openings are limited and acceptance of typical children will be on a first come, first served basis with completed online registration, proper documentation, and paid registration fee.

 

REGISTRATION: Every child attending preschool must complete our online registration using Final Forms - sidney-oh.finalforms.com. Within two weeks of completion of online registration, please bring the following pieces of information to Central Registration at the Board of Education Office at 750 S Fourth Avenue, Sidney.

  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Residency - mortgage, lease/rental agreement, phone/water/utility bill, pay stub
  • Proof of Custody (as applicable)
  • Proof of Income (for Income Levels A-E) - pay stub, tax documents, award letters, child support received/paid

 

REGISTRATION FEE: All typically developing children who take part in the preschool program will be asked to pay a registration fee of $25. Registration will be marked complete when forms online are fully submitted, required documentation is provided, and the registration fee is paid.

 

MEDICAL & DENTAL STATEMENTS: Prior to the first day of school, every child must provide their IMMUNIZATION RECORD and MEDICAL/DENTAL STATEMENTS. Immunizations must be up to date in accordance with state guidelines. Medical and Dental Statements must be signed by a doctor.

 

MEDICAL STATEMENT (download)
 

DENTAL STATEMENT (download)

 

 

PRESCHOOL HANDBOOK

 

A copy of the preschool handbook will be made available for download at the time of registration. It is the parent/guardian's responsibility to become familiar with the policies guidelines within the handbook. 

 

2019-2020 [DRAFT] Handbook (download) - A final handbook will be board approved in May 2019 with the other school handbooks. 

 

 

Whittier Early Childhood Center Contacts

 

Whittier Early Childhood Center
425 Belmont Street
Sidney, OH 45365
Tel 937-497-2275

 

Keith Helmlinger
Whittier ECC Principal
keith.helmlinger@sidneycityschools.org

 

Beth Abbott
Student Services Coordinator
elizabeth.abbott@sidneycityschools.org

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