Early Childhood Program

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Dublin City Schools 
Early Childhood Program 
7030 Coffman Rd
The Dublin City School District offers an outstanding preschool program that serves children with disabilities and also provides an educational opportunity for typically developing children to serve as social and academic role models (peers) in the classroom.  We strive to ensure that all children in our program  are challenged to excel to the best of their ability.  It is our goal to help children arrive to kindergarten equipped with the necessary skills for success.

Our program aligns to the Early Learning and Development Standards as recommended by the Ohio Department of Education. Learning standards are addressed in the following domains: Social-Emotional Development, Approaches Towards Learning, Cognitive Development and General Knowledge, Language and Literacy Development, and Physical Well-Being and Motor Development.  Children practice and explore these skill areas through age appropriate activities that are skillfully developed by our staff.

Early childhood spans the years of development from birth to kindergarten.  We know that children in this age group acquire knowledge in ways that are significantly different from the ways in which older children learn.  Young children learn best when they interact with people and manipulate objects.  They are motivated by their desire to make sense of the world around them.  How young children learn dictates how they should be taught.  For young children to fully understand and remember, information must be presented to them in the context of their own experiences and environment.  If their learning experiences are relevant, they are more likely to persist and be motivated to continue learning.  It is the staff's role to provide an environment and a variety of activities to facilitate this.  Young children develop a greater understanding of their world when given opportunities to observe and model behaviors and skills exhibited by children from various developmental levels.  All of our classrooms have typically developing peers to provide these opportunities. 

The Dublin City Schools Early Childhood Program strives to promote academic achievement by offering services to our early learners, while focusing on their diverse and individual needs.  We collaborate with parents, community members, students and staff to create a high quality program, in which each child is a valued member of a learning community.  

There are ten early childhood preschool classrooms within the district.  Each classroom has one classroom teacher and two paraprofessionals.  Morning and afternoon sessions are offered.

4 days per week classes
    Monday - Thursday, 8:45-11:15 AM
    These sessions are designed for children ages 3 and 4.
    The class is composed of 16 students.

5 days per week classes
    Monday - Friday, 12:45-3:15 PM
    These sessions are designed for children ages 4 and 5. 
    The class is composed of 16 students.

Transportation is only provided to those students who are attending a center-based preschool classroom through an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

The Dublin City Schools Early Childhood program provides an excellent  educational opportunity for typically developing children to serve as peer models.  To apply please complete and submit the online Peer Application (located under "Links" in the right hand column of this page).

Peer Criteria
•    Must reside within Dublin City School District
•    Child should be 3.5 years old upon enrollment
•    Child enjoys playing with other children:  interacts well with others, manipulates toys, and engages in age-appropriate activities without assistance
•    Child follows simple directions, makes basic needs known, answers simple questions
•    Child would be good role model to others:  separates easily from parent, models good behavior and social skills, attends to adult guided activity, is willing to take turns
•    Child must be toilet trained

The peer program is funded by tuition of $140 per month for the morning class and $170 per month for the afternoon class.  Tuition is due the 1st of each month.  The monthly tuition is an average of the number of days in the school year divided by nine months.  Short months, five-week months, holidays, and three snow days have been averaged.  This means you will pay the same amount each month.  You will be asked to pay the first and last month’s tuition prior to the start of school.
Accounts must be current on the first day of each month and must remain current.  After the first day of each month, no child will be admitted to the preschool until the balance is paid.  If you desire to withdraw your child, please notify us in writing so we will not hold a place for your child and continue charging your account.  Deductions will not be made for a child’s absence due to illness.  There also will be no deductions for family vacations; we have vacation times already in our school schedule.

No payment will be accepted by the teachers; payments are to be mailed to:
Dublin City Schools
Department of Student Services
Attn:  Accounts Receivable
5175 Emerald Pkwy 4th Floor.
Dublin, OH 43017

Payments can also be made in person at the Dublin Schools Administration Office, open Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Checks should be made payable to Dublin City Schools. 

For further information regarding the peer program contact: 
Tara Harris @ 614-760-4345


Dublin City Schools uses a curriculum that is aligned to the Ohio Department of Education's Early Learning and Development Standards. The standards are recommendations by the Ohio Department of Education as to the type of skills most children have upon entering kindergarten.  The standards  provide the foundation for our curriculum that was developed by the Early Childhood Team in Dublin City Schools.  We offer opportunities for students to practice learning targets in age appropriate activities.  You may access the standards through the links on the right side of this page.


Dublin City Schools preschool will begin accepting applications for new preschool peers for the 2020-2021 school year starting December 1, 2019.  Please click on the Early Childhood Program Application: 2020-2021 School Year link below on or after December 1 to begin your electronic submission.  Thank you for your interest in our program!

Classroom Locations

Bailey Elementary 
Shawn Ritter, Principal
4900 Brandonway Drive
Dublin, Ohio   43017
Phone: 614-717-6611
Fax:  614-717-6610
Scott Zeoli, Principal
8450 Sawmill Road
Powell, Ohio   43065
Phone:  614-761-5864
Fax:  614-761-5867
Martha Barley, Principal
2485 Olde Sawmill Blvd
Dublin, Ohio  43016
Phone:  614-764-5936
Fax:  614-764-5988 
Troy Ehrsam, Principal
9989 Concord Road
Dublin, Ohio   43017
Phone:  614-798-3570
Fax:  614-718-8961
Lauren Windham, Principal
5950 Sells Mill Drive 
Dublin, Ohio  43017 
Phone:  614-764-5963 
Fax:  614-761-5814

Wright Elementary
Lucas Bauer, Principal
2335 West Case Road
Colulmbus, OH  43235
Phone:  614-538-0464
Fax: 614-761-5874

Head Start programs are offered at The Vinyard Church.


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