Preschool accepting applications


PIQUA — The Upper Valley Early Childhood Development Center Preschool is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. The Career Center operates a state-licensed preschool for children 18 months through 5 years of age, and is currently accepting applications from families in Miami, Shelby, or surrounding counties.

The Early Childhood Program is child-driven and is responsive to the developmental needs and interests of each student. It is a play-based center and the children have opportunities to explore and investigate material through open-ended and hands-on learning experiences.

Upper Valley Career Center students in the Early Childhood Education and Care program plan and implement the curriculum to gain experience working with young children. The high school students learn developmentally appropriate procedures and put these into action in the activities that they plan for the preschool children. The program is licensed by the Ohio Department of Education and aligns with the State’s Early Learning Standards.

Preschool classes will be offered Tuesday mornings from 8:45-11 a.m. for toddlers 18 months old through age 3, Thursday and Friday mornings from 8:45-11 a.m. for 3-4 year olds, and Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 12:10-2:30 p.m. for 4-5 year olds.

Fees for the program are $180 a year for the toddler one-day per week class, $360 a year for the two-day, 3-4 year old morning class, and $540 for the three-day, 4-5 year old afternoon class. There is a $20, one-time registration fee to hold your child’s place in class.

An open house for students planning to attend preschool in the fall of 2020 is planned for Monday, March 23 from 5-6:30 pm at the career center. Families are invited to meet the teachers, explore the classroom, and submit registration forms.

Contact Nicki Vogel, [email protected], (937) 778-1980, Ext. 801 or Libby Long, [email protected], (937) 778-1980, Ext. 291 for registration information.

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