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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 2021-2022 school year is now closed. If you have not previously completed an application and would like to be added to a waiting list, please complete the form HERE.

The District hosted information sessions on February 10 and 11. If you were unable to attend a session, you may watch a recording of the February 11 session below:

 


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

Full-Day Program:  
  • Monday-Friday
  • Children ages 3-5 are eligible
  • Annual Tuition: $9,000 ($900/month Aug-May) 
  • Up to 18 students per class
  • Discounts will be offered to families that have been approved for free/reduced meals. The tuition for those families will be as follows:
    • Full day: free meal annual tuition = $500.00 ($50.00/month); reduced meal annual tuition = $1,170.00 ($117.00/month)
Half-Day Program:
  • Monday-Thursday
  • Children ages 3-5 are eligible
  • Annual Tuition: $2,000 ($200/month Aug-May)
  • Up to 16 students per class
  • Discounts will be offered to families who have been approved for free/reduced meals. The tuition for those families will be as follows: 
    • Half day: free meal annual tuition = $200.00 ($20.00/month); reduced meal annual tuition = $260.00 ($26.00/month)  
Enrollment Requirements:
  • Child must be 3 to 5 years old.
  • 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 you are interested in one of these preschool programs for the 2021-2022 school year, please complete the Early Childhood Program Application. Note: Completion of the application does not guarantee enrollment. 

Contacts

Erin Herbruck, Ph.D. 
Director of Primary Education
216.295.4728

Cathy Mitro
Senior Admistrative Assistant
216.295.4365

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