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Welcome to the Preschool Program

Our Philosophy

The South-Western City Schools Preschool Program believes that every child can learn and grow from involvement in a developmentally appropriate educational program.  Our program believes in the importance of nurturing and building upon the child’s strengths and the resources of the family/school partnership.

About Our Program

Our program has center-based preschool classrooms, head start inclusion classrooms, and provides itinerant services.  Our center-based preschool programs are designed to provide early intervention for children between the ages of 3-5 who are identified as special needs and/or preschoolers who are typically developing (peer models).  Classes meet Monday through Thursday, following the South-Western City Schools calendar.  Assessments, home visits, training, and a variety of other activities are scheduled on Fridays.

All children will be actively involved in learning through hands-on experiences.  Self-help skills will be promoted to build each child’s independence. A daily gross motor or gym time develops small and large muscle development and coordination.  The SWCS Preschool Program is a language-based preschool that promotes literacy and pre-readiness skills for school.  Our classrooms follow the Ohio Department of Education Early Learning Content Standards and have adopted the AEPS (Assessment, Evaluation, Programming System) curriculum.  This curriculum measures childrens’ progress in six areas:  fine motor, gross motor, cognitive, adaptive, social communication, and communication development.

Children with Special Needs

For children with special needs, special education services are individualized for each child. To qualify for services, children need to be assessed (Evaluation Team Report - ETR) and demonstrate a need for special education services (as outlined on Individualized Education Plan—IEP).  Support services may be provided by a speech language pathologist, school psychologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist and/or adapted physical education therapist.  Transportation is available for our special needs students only.

If you have concerns about your child, please contact MaryAnne Chapa, our case manager, at 801-3163.  Concerns may be in any or all of the following areas: communication, motor (fine and gross), adaptive behavior, cognitive, vision, hearing, and/or social emotional.

Peer Models

Peer models are an important part of our program as children learn not only from adults but from watching and interacting with each other. Peer models are exposed to a positive and supportive environment that promotes self-confidence and appreciation for diversity among people.  Peer models are accepted through an application process.


Preschool Center
4324 Haughn Road
Grove City, OH  43123
Bostic Center
2975 Kingston Ave
Grove City, OH  43123

Darby Woods Elementary
255 Westwoods Blvd.
Galloway, OH  43119

Harmon Elementary School
2090 Frank Road
Columbus, OH  43223
Prairie Lincoln Elementary
4900 Amesbury Way
Columbus, OH  43228

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