ABOUT OUR PRESCHOOL
Our full-day preschool, located in a state-of-the-art facility, provides high-quality education for 3-to-5-year-old children. Because of our work, we excel at supporting at-risk children, especially those with behavioral challenges; but, our school is open and staffed for any 3-to-5-year old. Our student-to-staff ratio never exceeds 10 students for every teacher.
Our preschool has the highest-possible rating - five stars - from Ohio's Step Up to Quality rating system, signifying that our quality standards go beyond the state's licensing requirements.
The pioneering Cincinnati Preschool Promise has approved our program for tuition reimbursement, giving more children an early start to their educations and laying the foundation for success in school and life.
With research showing the long-term impact of early childhood education, we've been expanding our preschool capacity. By moving to our new Red Bank building, we doubled the number of our classrooms to two. Each classroom is nearly twice the size of the former preschool classroom on our main campus. The larger rooms allowed us to create additional learning centers, giving students more access to puzzles, books, blocks, and other educational items. Because of the Preschool Promise, we expect demand for our preschool will continue growing.
OUR SPACE NEEDS FOR PRESCHOOL
We urgently need to add classroom space for young children, who come mostly from families at or below the poverty level. Our Red Bank building can accommodate about 40 preschoolers. With more funding, we would create a third classroom, giving us the space to serve 60 preschoolers.
Instead of having a traditional playground, our preschool has a nature playscape - an outdoor classroom - where children can interact with the outdoors.
"Children love coming to our preschool. I've had parents tell us their children are upset when they have to stay home on the weekends. Here, they're having fun in a caring environment while growing academically, socially and emotionally."
-Jill Smith, Preschool Director
Layna Has Learned a Lot
After spending less than a year in our preschool, 4-year-old Layna has learned so much that her mother, Justine, is confident she'll be ready for kindergarten ahead of schedule. She can count to 30, writer her name and knows where she lives. "This stuff she's learning, I can't even believe it," Justine said. Layna's imagination has grown as well. She has developed a strong sense of how to play and pretend. Now, Justine is eager for her younger son to attend our preschool, too.
Aiden Says His ABCs in Sign Language
Aiden's mother credits our preschool for her son's progress. He can recite the alphabet in sign language, knows his colors and shapes, and speaks in full sentences. That's impressive considering he's only three years old. With our staff's help, he is also learning how to formulate questions, showing his emerging skill of critical thinking. When he gets over-stimulated, our staff is teaching him how to stay calm. "It's a great program," said his mother, Jennifer. "The staff is wonderful. I'd recommend it to anyone."