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In case of school delays, AM Preschool will run from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.  PM Preschool will run from 12:40 pm - 2:40 pm.

Application Information Minimize
Parents wishing to be placed on the waiting list for the 2017-18 school year may pick up a registration packet at the board office.  Student names will be placed on the waiting list in the order in which COMPLETED packets are received.  Students from the waiting list will be placed in classrooms in late May in anticipation of the upcoming school year. 

Click here for the 2017-18 Preschool registration packets.

Contact Information Minimize

For more information on the WCS Preschool program, please call Carrie Knoch at 419-739-5000.

For enrollment questions, please call Deb Walls at 419-739-2905.


Preschool Handbook Minimize

Click here to view the Preschool Handbook.


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Currently all of preschool classrooms are full for the 2016-17 school year for typically developing students. Those interested in attending our preschool are welcome to compete a registration packet.  Your child's name will be placed on a waiting list and should a spot become available we will contact you.  

2018-2019 Preschool
Registration packets for next school year will be available after we return from Christmas Break on January 3.  Parents who are interested in having their child attend our preschool are asked to pickup a packet at that time.  Once a packet is completed and returned to us your child's name will placed on a list of prospective students for the 2018-19 school year.  Class placements will begin by April.  However, it is not recommended that you wait until April to register as our classes fill up quickly.  Tuition will be established after the federal government has established the poverty level for 2018.  Tuition will be income sensitive and placed on a sliding scale, as in the past.  Payment for the first month is not expected until your child has been placed on a class list.  Questions regarding preschool can be directed to Carrie Knoch by email at or by phone at 419-739-5064.  



Wapakoneta City Schools Preschool Minimize

Wapakoneta City Schools' preschool program provides early intervention opportunities for children ages 3-5.  Classroom based preschool experiences include sixteen students of an equal number of students with disabilities and their typically developing peers.  Classes take place for 2 1/2 hour sessions on Monday-Thursday mornings and afternoons.  The program is designed to provide child-centered, enriched learning activities that are age appropriate and aligned with the Ohio Department of Education Early Learning Content Standards.  Classrooms are divided into interest centers such as art, dramatic play, block building, manipulatives, sensory and language.  Materials and activities at each interest center are individualized for the children.  Busy and quiet activities alternate and time is set aside for the children to meet as a group with the teacher for planned activities.

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Wapakoneta City Schools' Preschool is a child-centered program and is devoted to meeting each child's unique needs.  The program serves students eligible for special services as well as typically developing 3, 4 and 5 year old children.

Wapakoneta City Schools' Preschool is a developmental program rather than an academic one.  We believe that children learn by PROCESS; which is learning through play and working with the things and people in their environment.  We seek to provide a safe, nurturing environment which encourages the children to make choices, ask questions, to explore, to share ideas, to solve problems, and to experiment without fear of failure.  We try to provide experiences that will help children feel good about themselves and confident about their abilities.  We attempt to provide activities that will assist children as they grow to their full potential.

Children learn best through selected play activities that are appropriate for each child's age and developmental level.  Skills are integrated across activities.  The teacher serves as facilitator to guide the children in their interactions with the varied learning opportunities.  Activities are primarily child-oriented and child-directed.

It is strongly believed that family involvement is critical to a child's academic growth.  Parents are partners in the development and provision of learning situations.


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Enrollment is open to all 3, 4, and 5 year old children.  There shall be no discrimination because of race, religion, origin or social, economic background.  Children who meet certain eligibility criteria attend the program at no cost and are provided transportation.  Criteria for eligibility are established by the State of Ohio.  Typically, the assessment includes measure of the child's skills in the following areas:

  • Cognitive
  • Language
  • Motor (fine and large)
  • Readiness
  • Vision and Hearing
  • Social/Emotional/Behavioral

The School psychologist, speech therapist and preschool teacher are the individuals most involved with the evaluation; however, other professionals may participate as well depending on the child's needs.  Assessment includes the use of tests designed for preschoolers, observations, work samples and parent interviews.  This information is usually gathered during home visits and the child's visit to the preschool.  The information parents provide is critical to the assessment process.


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Students with Special Needs

Intervention services or Individualized Education Program (IEP) are tailored to meet the individual needs of the child.  students who have special needs in one of the following developmental areas based on the state and federal guidelines:  Language, Cognition, Motor Skills, Adaptive Behavior and Social-emotional development.  To receive preschool services as a student with a disability, children must be identified through a thorough evaluation prior to placement.  There is no cost for preschool services for students that are identified as having a disability.  Transportation for special needs students is provided.  Our preschool is supported by a team of highly qualified and licensed/certified professionals, which may include a teacher, paraeducators, occupational therapist, speech and language pathologist, and physical therapist as deemed appropriate by an IEP team.

Typical Students

Students with disabilities benefit from small group instruction in a supportive environment that includes interacting with typically-developing preschool peer models.  Typically-developing peer models are accepted on a limited basis.  Tuition for typically-developing students is $110 per month.  Transportation for typically-developing students is not provided.


For students that need early intervention services but will not attend our classroom setting, itinerant preschool special education services are available to assist children in their home, preschool or childcare setting.  Our staff will work collaboratively with district personnel and families to support transition planning and develop and implement Individualized Education Program goals designed to meet the unique needs of preschoolers with a disability.  Services are provided in the child's natural setting by a certified Early Childhood Intervention Specialist at a minimum of four hours per month.


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