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About Our Program

Lakota will continue to provide the highest quality educational foundation to all learners and now is proud to offer all our learners an all-day environment (with the option for half-day morning kindergarten, if desired).

All-Day Kindergarten

Research has shown that all-day kindergarten improves student achievement, as well as social and emotional skills. At Lakota, it is important that, academically, all of our kindergarteners have access to the same amount of learning time, putting them on more equal ground when they transition to first grade. All-day kindergarten also allows participating students to access daily specials like art, physical education, music, technology, and more. 

Lakota has been offering an all-day kindergarten option since the 2014-2015 school year. We began this pilot project with two tuition-based classrooms per school. After the first year, a new state funding model allowed us to expand to four classrooms per school and offer the option tuition-free using a lottery system.

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, all-day kindergarten will be an option to all incoming Lakota students. The elimination of the former lottery system is made possible by a reconfiguration of buildings and grade bands. By making two of our elementary schools early childhood schools - and transitioning to a K-2 and 3-6 building model - we are able to accommodate all incoming students in all-day kindergarten.


Creekside Early Childhood School
5070 Tylersville Road
West Chester, OH 45069-1012

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 45011-9726
Shawnee Early Childhood School 
9394 Sterling Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45241-5107

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


  • Morning session: 9:10 a.m. - 11:55 p.m.
    This is currently offered at all early childhood schools but Heritage ECS. This will be re-assessed each year, depending on the interest level within each attendance zone. 

  • All-Day session: 9:10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Age Requirements

To enroll in the following year's kindergarten program, a child must be five years old on or before Aug. 1. A child who turns five after Aug. 1 AND on or before Dec. 31 may be eligible for Early Entrance to kindergarten, provided an evaluation team recommends Early Entrance. Parents seeking more information about Early Entrance should contact Gifted Services at (513) 644-1186 or go to the Early Entrance webpage. Registration for Early Entrance opens at the beginning of March each year.

Registration Information

All registration information is available on the Welcome Center's Kindergarten Registration site. 

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