Who can attend the program?
The Garfield Heights Preschool serves children with special needs
and typically developing children who live in the Garfield Heights City School
District. Children with special needs ages 3 - 5 are eligible along with
tpically developing children ages 4-5 (as long as they are not 5 years old
before September 30th of the current school year).
Can any child sign up for preschool?
No. Unfortunately, we have a limited number of spots available for typically developing children. Parents of typically developing children who are interested in preschool should fill out the Preschool Request Form and return it to the district. Spots are available for children with disabilities. The preschool can evaluate your child to determine if he/she is eligible as a child with a disability. If you think you may have a child with a disability, please fill out the Preschool Request Form. What are the program hours and days? The Garfield Heights Preschool program is four days per week (Monday-Thursday). The morning session is 8:15-10:45 and the afternoon session is 11:40-2:10.
What are the program hours and days?
Preschool 1/2 Day Program
The Garfield Heights Preschool program is fourd days per week (Monday-Thursday). The morning session is 8:15-10:45am and the afternoon session is 11:40am-2:10pm.
Head Start Full Day Program
The Head Start Full Day program is four days per week (Monday-Thursday) from 8:20am - 2:10pm.
district’s program is housed at William Foster School which is located at 12801
Bangor Avenue, Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125.
preschool provide transportation?
The preschool provides transportation to children whose disability
requires specialized transportation. Not all disabilities require
transportation. Typically developing children are not eligible for bussing.
How do I get my child evaluated for preschool?
If your child is typically developing and you do not suspect any
type of disability, there is a screening once a year for the limited number of
spots. This screening is held in April for students to attend the following
school year. There is a sliding scale for tuition, and parents are asked to
provide documentation of family income to determine eligibility. See Federal Poverty Guidelines for
tuition information. To attend the preschool screening, please complete
the Preschool Request Form.
If your child receives Bright Beginnings services (formerly Help Me Grow), your benefits coordinator will assist you with the evaluation process, which starts with a transition meeting between Bright Beginnings, the parents and the school district. Bright Beginnings is a public program that serves infants and toddlers birth-age 3. See http://www.esc-cc.org/BrightBeginnings.aspx for
If you suspect your preschool aged child has a disability, you can
attend a once a month screening at William Foster School, September through
May. This requires an appointment (please call 216-475-8123). This screening
will determine if your child needs a full evaluation.
What do I need to do to have my child evaluated?
First, contact the preschool program to set up a screening at
(216)475-8123. You will receive a call a few days after the screening, letting
you know if a disability is suspected. If it is, you will need to register your
child with the district. This occurs at the Garfield Heights Board of
Education, and an appointment is required. You cannot register before hearing
from the preschool about a suspected disability. Registering your child does
not necessarily mean your child will attend the program; it establishes
residency in Garfield Heights. Once you are registered, the preschool will
contact you about the evaluation. Evaluations occur on Fridays during the
school year. It requires 2 appointments that the child must attend. Then it
takes 1-2 meetings (multifactored evaluation and individualized education program
meetings). The entire process can take from 4-6 appointments depending on the
individual child’s strengths and needs (1 screening, 1 registration
appointment, 2 evaluations, 1-2 meetings). The Procedural Safeguards outline
the special education process. Once consent is signed, the district has 60 days
to complete the multifactored evaluation (MFE) and 30 days to present the
individualized education program (IEP).
What are the staff qualifications?
All teachers have a bachelor and master’s degree in education, and
are certified to teach both regular and special education preschool students.
The preschool also has a speech/language therapist and school psychologist on
I do not suspect my child has a disability. My child is typically
developing. How do I get my child on the waiting list?
Please complete this Preschool Request Form and mail
it to the Preschool Psychologist 12801 Bangor Avenue, Garfield Heights, Ohio
44125. Please understand that completing the form does not guarantee a space in
preschool, but it does guarantee that you will get an invitation to the yearly
My child is already enrolled in the preschool program. What
additional information is available, and what is required of me as a parent?
and yearly physicals are required. Please see
the Preschool Handbook for additional information. The
district requires the School Entrance Physical Examination, and the Ohio
Department of Education requires the Medical Form for Preschool Students. Both
of these forms are available under the Parents tab in the registration section
of the district website.