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About Our Program

In response to a federal mandate, the Lakota Local School District, in 1990, developed a preschool program to serve children 3 – 5 years of age with a wide range of disabilities qualifying for special education services. A program model was adopted to include children with typical development in order to provide for a more appropriate and enriching learning experience.

The program provides a nurturing environment that supports the intellectual, academic, and social growth of young children. It is designed to serve both students with a range of disabilities as well as typical preschool students who pay a tuition to attend. The model is built on the premise that preschool-aged students with disabilities, as well as those with typical learning styles, can both benefit and grow academically by learning alongside one another. "Center-based classrooms" are comprised of equal numbers of both types of learners.

While preschool staff are contracted by the Butler County Educational Service Center, educators work collaboratively with Lakota's administrators to combine resources and ensure a successful transition to kindergarten. 

General Information

  • Morning or afternoon programs (no full-day sessions available).

    • AM Session (3-year-olds & early 4-year-olds) - 9:10 a.m. - 11:55 p.m. 
    • PM Session (late 4-year-olds & 5-year-olds) - 1:15 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Four day program (Monday through Thursday)
  • Students currently enrolled may remain in the program without participating in the lottery, provided they meet age requirements, but still must complete an application.
  • Transportation is the responsibility of the parent, guardian or caregiver.
  • Siblings of children returning to the program are given priority during the registration process.

  • Placement will be based on attendance zone, but parents may select up to three additional locations as preferences during the application process. 

Enrollment Requirements

  • Children must be three years old on or before Aug. 1 during the year they wish to enroll. 
  • Children who are five years old on or before Aug. 1 are not eligible.
  • If your child is eligible for kindergarten, he/she is not eligible for this program.
  • Children must be toilet-trained, or in the process of being toilet-trained.
  • Families must reside within the Lakota School District by the end of the application deadline.

Tuition & Fees

The current annual tuition rate for the current school year is $2,403. Fees for the 2019-20 school year have not yet been finalized and will be communicated at a later date.  

A $50.00 non-refundable registration fee will be due after the lottery is held and upon acceptance into the program. This fee will be applied to the last month's tuition. There is also a one-time $85 snack fee for the year. 

Lakota's preschool program is funded by a combination of state and local funding. This funding does not cover all expenses. Tuition payments help defray the excess costs. 

Registration Information

Due to the limited number of tuition-based seats, a lottery is held each February for students who submit an application during open registration in January. Students currently enrolled may remain in the program without participating in the lottery, provided they meet age requirements. Siblings of children returning to the program are given priority during the registration process.

Parents interested in learning about the tuition-based program are also invited to attend an informational meeting, where preschool staff are available to answer questions and give an overview of the program.

All registration dates and applications are available on the Welcome Center's Preschool Registration site.

Contact Information

​Kelley Johnson
Preschool Principal
(513) 870-5378


Depending on interest level, preschool is available at these six early childhood school locations:

Creekside Early Childhood School 
5070 Tylersville Road
West Chester, OH 45069

Heritage Early Childhood School
5052 Hamilton Mason Road
Liberty Township, OH  45011

Hopewell Early Childhood School
8300 Cox Road
West Chester, OH  45069

Liberty Early Childhood School
6040 Princeton Road
Liberty Township, OH 45011

Shawnee Early Childhood School 
9394 Sterling Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45241

Wyandot Early Childhood School
7667 Summerlin Blvd. 
Liberty Township, OH 45044

Administrative Office 
(Central Office)

5572 Princeton Road 
Liberty Township, OH 45011

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