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Early Childhood Education

The Shaker Heights City School District offers high-quality early childhood programming intended to meet the needs of our community.

Shaker's early childhood programs are the only programs in the state of Ohio to incorporate the prestigious International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme philosophy with continuation in K-12. We have expanded our offerings to positively impact achievement and to better align with the District’s Educational Equity Policy. 
Our goals in developing The Shaker Heights Schools Early Childhood Program are to expand instructional options available to students, to create more flexibility for entry age into our program and to align the Early Childhood Program with practices in our K-12 classrooms. For example, all classes will include both students who have been identified to have disabilities and those who have not been so identified. In addition, all of our preschool classrooms will continue to be located at Onaway, in order to facilitate collaboration and sharing of resources and staff.
The application for the Early Childhood Program is now closed.  If you would like to add your information to a waiting list you can do that HERE. If you already completed the application, information on the status of your enrollment and registration information will be communicated in early March.

To learn more about the Early Childhood program click the links below to watch the January 25 and January 27 virtual information sessions:

Shaker Heights Schools Early Childhood Programs
All programs are located at Onaway Elementary School

Full-Day Program:  
  • Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • Children ages 3-5 are eligible
  • Up to 18 students per class
  • Tuition discounts will be offered to families that have been approved for free/reduced meals.
Half-Day Program:
  • Monday-Thursday
  • Morning Session: 8:45-11:15 a.m.
  • Afternoon Session: 12:45-3:15 p.m.
  • Annual Tuition: $2,000
  • Children ages 3-5 are eligible
  • Up to 16 students per class
  • Tuition discounts will be offered to families who have been approved for free/reduced meals.
Enrollment Requirements:
  • Child must be 3 to 5 years old by September 30.
  • All programs are one year, child must be re-enrolled each year.
  • Child must be toilet-trained.
  • Families must be residents of the Shaker Heights City School District attendance area.
  • Families must provide transportation for their child.
Early Intervention Services
The Shaker Heights Early Childhood Program also provides options for students with disabilities: 
  • If you suspect that your child may be eligible for preschool special education services, please click HERE for more information or contact Noreen Smyth-Morrow at 216-295-4090.
  • If your child has an existing IEP, please contact Erin Dzolic at 216-295-6186.


Dora Bechtel
Principal, Onaway Elementary School

Felecia Evans
Director of School Leadership

Cathy Mitro
Senior Admistrative Assistant

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