Mercer County ESC Preschool

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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.)

*** The application window for the 2020-2021 school year is now closed. 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.
Preschool children working on fine motor skills
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 Nov. 132020.  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:


Speech and Language Skills






General Knowledg


Motor Skills
Please call our office at 419-586-6628 to make an appointment for Nov 13, 2020. 

 Upcoming Child Find Dates:

 January 15, 2021

 March 5, 2021

 June 9, 2021


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
Mary Guggenbiller
Itinerant Teacher
Angie Fiely
Centerbased Teacher at Celina Primary
Andrea Hemmert

Lynda Knapke
Itinerant Teacher

Jaclyn Mumaw
Centerbased Teacher at St. Henry

Holly Rethman
Centerbased Teacher at Marion Local

Michelle Rogers
Centerbased Teacher at Parkway

Beth Smalley
Itinerant Teacher

Steph Will
Centerbased Teacher at Coldwater

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