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Preschool

Mercer County ESC Preschool

Childhood is a gallery of firsts...firsts experiences, first friendships, first challenges, first hopes, first dream, first surprises, and first success.

Mercer County Educational Service Center
2020-21 Preschool Application

The Mercer County Educational Service Center operates preschool special education classrooms for children ages 3, 4, and 5 throughout Mercer and Darke Counties:  Celina, Coldwater, Marion Local, St. Henry, and Versailles. The Ohio Department of Education allows us to have eight children with special needs in the AM and PM and eight typical children in the AM and PM sessions, making a total of 16 children per session. Our preschool classrooms are in session four half days, Monday through Thursday. 

We are accepting applications for typical children beginning mid-December through March 1, 2020.  After the March 1 application deadline, a lottery will be conducted to fill openings. Tuition is $180 per month. (Children currently enrolled as a typical in the 2019-2020 school year must submit an application to be automatically enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year.)

If you are interested in enrolling your child for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete this application. Please call Janice Diller at 419-586-6628, ext. 221, if you have any questions.
 
 

*You will receive an email by March 6th, 2020 to confirm the status of your child's enrollment.
 
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Mercer County Educational Service Center
Early Identification Child Find
If you have concerns for your 3, 4, or 5 year old child about their speech or any potential developmental delay, we're here to help!  The next child find will be held at the Mercer County Educational Service Center on March 6, 2020.  This screening is not a requirement in order to enroll in preschool, but can be used to help identify any potential learning needs.  The free screening will cover:

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Speech and Language Skills

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Vision 

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Hearing 

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General Knowledg

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Motor Skills
  
Please call our office at 419-586-6628 to make an appointment for March 6, 2020.  Other screenings will take place throughout the school year on: 

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June 10, 2020 
 
 

Programs Options
  • Preschool Itinerant Services. These services are provided by preschool special education teachers in two different methods of service: 1) Services delivered in the home environment. 2) Services delivered to a child attending a public or private preschool.
  • Center-based Services. These services are classroom programs that provide group educational experiences to children led by preschool special education teachers.
  • Related Services. These services are available to children who qualify in one of the following areas: communication, hearing, vision, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, motor functioning, adaptive behavior, cognitive ability.

Mercer County Educational Service Center
Quality Programming

  • Encourages curiosity, initiative, persistence, and self confidence- all attitudes which lead to life-long learning.
  • Helps children develop thinking and problem- solving skills. Expand the knowledge of self, others, and the physical and social world.
  • Enhances the development of the whole child, including his learning, communication, physical, and social skills.
  • Enables children to see adults as respectful, nurturing, supportive, responsible, and helping resources.

 

Parenting Tip:
"What do I do if my child will not sit at the table to eat?"

  • Set predictable times for meals and snacks
  • Turn off the TV, DVDs, and other distractions
  • Make mealtimes a family time
  • Serve small portions
  • Allow the child to make choices
  • Allow the child to stop eating when he/she feels full
  • Adapt mealtime rules to the child's need and abilities


 


       


                                     

                                          

     

Preschool Teachers

 
 
Valerie Scott
Preschool Supervisor
 
 
Anessa Abromavich
Itinerant Teacher
 
 
Amy Bartram
Centerbased Teacher at Versailles
Itinerant Teacher
 
 
Diane Donovan
Centerbased Teacher at Celina Primary
 
 
Angie Fiely
Centerbased Teacher at Celina Primary
 
 
Andrea Hemmert
 

  
Lynda Knapke
Itinerant Teacher
lynda.knapke@mercercountyesc.org

 
Jaclyn Mumaw
Centerbased Teacher at St. Henry
jaclyn.mumaw@mercercountyesc.org 

 
Holly Rethman
Centerbased Teacher at Marion Local
holly.rethman@mercercountyesc.org
 

 
Michelle Rogers
Centerbased Teacher at Parkway
michelle.rogers@mercercountyesc.org 

 
Beth Smalley
Itinerant Teacher
beth.smalley@mercercountyesc.org
 

 
Steph Will
Centerbased Teacher at Coldwater
steph.will@mercercountyesc.org
 

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