Preschool FAQs

About Xenia Preschool
Xenia Preschool is a Five Star “Step Up to Quality” rated program with the Ohio Department of Education. It serves students ages 3 to 5, and provides students with high quality education in a learning environment that is stimulating, safe, and nurturing.

How can Xenia Preschool help my child? 
Xenia Preschool encourages children to learn and grow by providing a foundation of developmentally appropriate experiences where they can succeed in a safe and nurturing environment.

We believe that each child is a unique individual and that all children can learn.  Our preschool programs provide inclusive settings that recognize children’s varied abilities, interests, needs, and learning styles.

We believe children learn best through meaningful play.  Our play based, child-centered program reflects the integration of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language, self-help and aesthetic areas for the total development of the child.  Meaningful play encourages curiosity, discovery, and problem solving which provides the opportunity for individual growth and the development of a positive self-image.

How old does my child have to be to enroll? 
The Preschool is open to children ages 3 to 5, who are residents of Xenia Community Schools. To enroll for the 2020-2021 school year, students must have turned 3 by September 30, 2020.

Children ages 3+ attend the traditional preschool program. Students who are 5 at the start of the year may attend the K/Young Fives program, based on their screening. 

What exactly are “K/Young Fives”?
Students who are 5 years old by the September cutoff date are eligible to begin Kindergarten. Some children, however, benefit from an additional year of Kindergarten: our “Young Fives” program. 

These students attend a full-day Kindergarten at the Preschool for the current year, then enroll for Kindergarten the following year at their local elementary building. The determination for participation in this program is made after the screening process is complete. 

What is the Preschool’s schedule? 
Our preschool students attend half-days from Monday through Thursday, with morning or afternoon options:
AM: 9:15 - 11:45 a.m. 
PM: 12:45 - 3:15 p.m.    

K/Young Fives attend full day from Monday to Friday, from 9:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Xenia Preschool follows the regular school year calendar for the district, including holiday and seasonal (fall, winter, summer) breaks.

What happens in the screening process?
The screening process takes approximately an hour, and involves a simple assessment of each child’s current skills and abilities. This assessment helps ensure that children receive the supports necessary for a successful preschool experience. 

Are there costs to attend the Preschool? 
Xenia Preschool is partially funded through the Ohio Department of Education. The program is provided free of charge to students with disabilities. Tuition for non-disabled students will be determined using a sliding scale based on household income. The cost of monthly tuition can range from $35-$140. For children who qualify for the ECE program, tuition may be waived 100%. 

What about transportation? 
Due to the half-day format, we do not provide transportation to/from the Preschool except in cases of students with special needs. Family members and/or day care providers drop off and pick up students each day. Only adults approved by the parent/guardian of each child may pick up students.

I’m in! What is the process to enroll?
All families must complete a registration process, followed by a screening for the individual student.  

For registration, you will need to complete an application. You will also need to bring the following with you to your appointment: 
Proof of Income
Birth Certificate of Student
Proof of custody (if applicable)
Proof of Residency (copy of lease, if renting)
Parent/Guardian ID

Your child’s follow-up screening will generally be scheduled at registration. 

When is the registration process?
Registration for the following school year generally begins in March, with screening opportunities throughout the spring and early summer. Registration for each year generally closes at the end of September.   

2020 Registration Night: Thursday, March 12 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Learn more.

A registration packet that includes the application form can be picked up from the office during regular hours. 

Still have questions about Xenia Preschool? 
Reach out to our friendly staff! You can contact our office Monday-Friday by calling: 937.562.9706
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