The Geauga County Educational Service Center Early Childhood Department offers preschool services to children from local Geauga County school districts. Highly qualified teachers implement a curriculum that is aligned to Ohio's Early Learning Content Standards and prepares children for success in kindergarten and beyond. Teachers utilize developmentally appropriate practices to guide student learning and foster creativity. The framework for the curriculum is the Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System (AEPS).
Center-based Preschool Locations:
Chesterland: The preschool program at the Metzenbaum Center offers morning and afternoon sessions five days a week. The sessions are 2 hours and 30 minutes long. This site is NOT eligible for the Early Childhood Education grant.
Ledgemont: The preschool program at Ledgemont Elementary School offers an afternoon only session that runs four to five days a week. The session is 3 hours and 10 minutes long on regular school days and 2 hours and 25 minutes on early dismissal days. This site is eligible for the Early Childhood Education grant and meets the required 455 contact hours per school year.
Middlefield: The preschool program at Jordak Elementary School offers morning and afternoon sessions five days a week. The sessions are 2 hours and 45 minutes long. This site is eligible for the Early Childhood Education grant and meets the required 455 contact hours per school year.
* Please contact Alanna Hruska to see if you household is eligible for free or reduced tuition through the Early Childhood Education grant.
Twinkle Program: The Twinkle preschool program is a full-day preschool classroom for students with intense needs including communication, social, and behavioral needs. The Twinkle classroom is a highly structured environment for learning. The principles of ABA, TEACCH, and sensory integration are incorporated into the classroom on a daily basis. The Twinkle preschool program is only available for students on Individualized Education Plans (IEP). The IEP team determines if the Twinkle program is the least restrictive environment (LRE) for the preschool student. Please contact Alanna Hruska or your district of residence's special education director for more information on this program.