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CLICK HERE for Up to date information of the 2020-21 school year.

There will be NO Peer Models for the 2020-21 school year 

Canal Winchester Local Schools Preschool Program

Welcome to Preschool!

It is the philosophy of the Canal Winchester Local School District Preschool Program to assist Preschool children in developing cognitive, communication, pre-academic, social and emotional, play and motor skills.  

Our program is designed to help each student develop curiosity and initiative to learn, independence, and a positive self-image.  Classroom teams are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for children to be able to interact with peers, adults, and materials to achieve individual goals and objectives.  Recognizing the diversity of our student’s abilities, interests and cultural backgrounds, our preschool program provides varied experiences to enhance their learning experience.

We believe that children develop their understanding of the world through interaction with people, materials and concepts.  Our classroom staff facilitates each child’s discovery of the world by creating opportunities that enhance this exploration through the use of appropriate materials, planned spaces, teacher guided lessons, play opportunities, and a consistent daily routine.

We believe that all children develop a greater understanding of their world when given the opportunity to interact with peers who are at various developmental levels within the school community.  Our Preschool classrooms provide children with special needs with peer models who exhibit age appropriate social and communication skills.

We believe family is the child’s most important teacher.  Family support is provided through ongoing communication between staff and parent, daily sheets, and parent/teacher conferences.

General Information:

Our preschool program follows Ohio’s Early Learning Standards, and is held to the same licensing and accreditation expectations as other programs. For more information on Ohio’s Early Learning Standards: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early­Learning/Early­Learning­Content­Standards

There are three Peer Model classrooms with a maximum of 16 students (per state/federal law) with a licensed preschool teacher/intervention specialist and a trained paraprofessional

2:16 - preschool students (8 with special needs and 8 peer models)

There is one Resource/Special Needs classroom with a maximum of 8 students, with a licensed preschool teacher/intervention specialist and two trained paraprofessionals

3:8 – preschool students with special needs

Preschool Student Information:

The Canal Winchester Local Schools Preschool program primary objective is to identify preschool students with disabilities and provide them with the special education services that they need. These special education services can be provided through a variety of models and in a number of locations across our community.

Our program serves preschool-age children with Special Needs (i.e. speech/language delays, fine/gross motor problems, and/or general developmental delays, etc.) as determined by a comprehensive evaluation completed by the school district.  These students are eligible for services beginning at age 3 (per state & federal requirements).  There is no cost to the parent if a student qualifies for special needs services. 

Preschool Peer Models - A peer model must be at least 4 years of age, toilet-trained, and demonstrate age-appropriate behavior and development. To be eligible for the peer model program, the child must participate in a CW Preschool Child Check. Child Checks are held approximately three times per school year, in the fall, winter, and spring. There is tuition of $100 per month (9 months per school year) for peer model preschool students. Parents must provide transportation for peer models.

Application Information:

If you believe your child may be eligible for the special needs preschool program, or if you are interested in the peer model program, please do the following:

You must complete the online application. 

For students with special needs, you will be contacted by the Preschool Coordinator, Maleea Anderson after the completion of the special needs application.

If you are interested in the peer model program, please complete the online application.  Your data will be saved until the upcoming Child Check. 

Near the scheduled Child Check, the Preschool Coordinator, Maleea Anderson will contact you to schedule your appointment time. No other contact will be made prior to scheduling appointment. There is a wait list, so there is no timeframe of when the coordinator will contact and schedule an appointment for your child.

All Preschool Students are required to be residents of the Canal Winchester Local School District (Please check with the district office to be sure 614 837-4533)

All appointments, evaluations, and Child Checks will take place at Winchester Trail Elementary – 6865 Gender Road

Special Needs Application click here
NO PEER MODELS FOR 2020-21 Peer Model Preschool Application  click here
**Should have any issues with completeing the application please contact Maleea Anderson - Preschool Coordinator (614) 920-2757 [email protected]


ESC of Central Ohio (Educational Service Center of Central Ohio - www.esco.org/

The ESC offers parents and community resources

Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) http://www.earlychildhoodohio.org/sutq.php  

Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a five–star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

 Preschool Special Education - Ohio Department of Education


The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness aims for families, preschool staff, and the community to work together to meet the needs of young children with disabilities.

Contact Information:
Maleea AndersonPreschool Coordinator (614) 920-2757
[email protected]
Brooke Hippler – Dir. of Special Services (614) 920-2624
[email protected]

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Kindergarten Registration 2021-22

Kindergarten Registration 2021-22

KG Round Up will tentatively be held May 12-14. Sign-ups (Online Registration) for Round Up will begin April 5th.  Canal Winchester Schools are preparing to welcome and register children who will be 5 years old on or before August 1, 2021 for registration of the 2021-22 school year. Please read the following enrollment information.

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