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Highland Local Schools offers a pre-school program for typically-developing three, four and five year old children. The half-day preschool program is located at Granger Elementary School and runs Monday through Thursday. Cost is $140 per month. To learn more details on enrollment, please call 330-239-1901, ext. 1256.
Preschool Student/Parent Handbook
Changes to Preschool Program for 2020-21 School Year
(June 5, 2020) -- Due to COVID-19 and based on guidance offered from the Ohio Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Job and Family Services and Governor DeWine, the Highland Schools will be unable to serve any typical peers in our Little Hornets Preschool Program for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year.
New requirements allow for no more than nine students in a preschool classroom due to social distancing guidelines. Unfortunately, these new requirements will completely alter the way in which we operate our preschool program. Currently, our program has 16 students in each classroom -- eight typical peers, eight with special needs. Moving forward, this will no longer be the case.
Public schools are not required to provide preschool for typical students. However, they are required to provide preschool for students with special needs. Our program will need to keep space available to serve our students with special needs.
Highland Preschool Program Receives Prestigious 5-Star Rating
DECEMBER 2019 – In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, the Highland Local School District’s “Little Hornets” Preschool Program, located at Granger Elementary School, has received a 5-Star Step Up to Quality Award from the State of Ohio – the highest rating attainable.
Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a 5-star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
This is the second time the Highland preschool program has been awarded the 5-star rating. Each year, the program must submit proof that it continues to operate at the same high standards, and, every three years, the state conducts and on site review to determine the final rating.
SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed licensing health and safety regulations. The program standards are based on national research identifying standards which lead to improved outcomes for children. Star ratings are awarded only to learning and development programs that exceed licensing standards and are committed to continuous improvement, the continuing education of teachers, the use of learning and development standards to support children’s learning, as well as relationship-building with families and communities.
Programs with five-star ratings:
- Exceed learning standards;
- Have low staff/child ratios;
- Use child assessment results to plan activities that best support learning and development goals for each child;
- Share assessment results and create goals for children;
- Develop plans to support children as they transition to a new classroom or educational setting;
- Partner with other organizations or businesses within the community to support children and their families;
- Have an active and organized parent volunteer group;
- Use input from families and community partners to assist in the program’s continuous improvement process.
“Highland’s Preschool Program is proud to be a 5-star program,” said Mrs. Deborah Yorko, Director of Special Education. “We know that every day of learning matters and has a direct impact on young students. It is important that children develop their self-confidence, social and emotional skills and a love of learning at an early age. Our program lays the foundation for learning and development and builds skills that are vital for success in school and in life.”
“Our staff has worked tirelessly to develop our program into the best it can be for students and their families. We have a tradition of educational excellence in the Highland School District, and we understand that setting our students on the right path at an early age is key to maintaining that excellence,” Yorko stated. “We invite the community to visit our program and to see firsthand the impact that a high-quality learning experience has on the children we serve.”
To learn more, visit www.earlychildhoodohio.org.