Questions about the Peer Program
is the Peer Program?
are required to provide early childhood experiences to students with
disabilities beginning when they are age 3.
In an effort to create learning opportunities for these children that
are compensatory with those offered in the community setting, Dublin City
Schools extends opportunities for typically developing children to attend our
Early Childhood program. Each classroom in the program serves a blend of 8 students
with special needs and 8 students who are typically developing peers. This model allows for enrichment for all children
who participate in the program. Research has shown that these blended
classrooms provide benefits for all children who participate. The district’s
program follows the Ohio Department of Education’s licensing/operating
standards and utilizes a curriculum that is aligned to Ohio’s Early Learning
2. What are the steps to secure a space in
the preschool for my child?
Applications are accepted on our web site beginning
December 1 for the next school year. Please
complete and submit the online application.
We will schedule group observations starting in January to
determine your child’s readiness to serve as a peer model. Once we are full, we will schedule
observations as needed when openings occur.
Once the seats are filled, we will maintain a waitlist
and contact the next person on the list when an opening occurs. District-wide we have space for 133 peers, 69
in the age 3 to 4 classes and 64 in the age 4 to 5 classes.
3. If I am on the waitlist, what are the
chances that my child will be offered a spot?
families on the waitlist may be offered a spot, due to the popularity of the
program it is not likely that everyone on the waitlist will get in. In that eventuality, you may want to have an
alternative plan for your child.
4. What number is my child on the waitlist?
We cannot assign specific
numbers to anyone on the waitlist because there are too many factors involved (the
date the application was received, building preferences, the age of each child,
etc.). The information is downloaded
from the application forms into a complex spreadsheet that takes considerable
analysis whenever we have a new opening to fill.
5. When should I expect to hear from you
about my child clearing the waitlist?
Spaces can become
available throughout the school year, as children move away. We usually do not
know in advance when someone will relinquish a spot, but if space does become
available for your child, you will be contacted immediately, and if necessary,
an observation will be scheduled. Your child’s name will remain on the waitlist
unless you request it to be removed.