Preschool Program

5 Star Award Winner

Thank you for your interest in the MECC Preschool Program. The MECC Preschool application process for the 2021-2022 school year for typically developing children has ended. Please call the preschool office after May 1st if you would like to add your child's name to our waiting list. 


In lieu of an Open House, due to the Pandemic, enjoy this video taking you on a tour of our MECC 5 Star Rated preschool program. Choose “Present” mode and videos will automatically run as you move through each slide.

Preschool Teacher with Student

MECC Preschool Program Overview:

In response to a 1992 federal mandate, Mason City Schools developed a preschool program to meet the needs of children with identified disabilities.  An integrated program model was adopted in which typically developing children would be enrolled with students who have identified special needs.  The goal of the integrated classroom is to provide an enriched learning environment for all children during their preschool years. Classrooms are balanced for many factors including age and gender. 

The curriculum is guided by the State of Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards provided by the Ohio Department of Education.  The daily schedule provides a balance of whole group, small group and individual instruction, as well as learning opportunities incorporated within center based activities.  Children are given opportunities to interact with peers and adults in the classroom, as well as in a motor room and during outside play.  The social curriculum is based on The Responsive Classroom philosophy, a research based approach which fosters safe, challenging and joyful classrooms.

Our preschool teachers have a Bachelor’s and/or a Master’s degree and are highly qualified in the area of early childhood education.  Each classroom is a multi-age grouping of three to five year old children, who are not age eligible to attend kindergarten.  Classes are comprised of one half children who have been identified with special needs and one half children who are considered to be typically developing.

Classes are in session Monday through Thursday and generally follow the Mason City School District Academic Year calendar.  Students attend either morning or afternoon sessions for approximately two hours and 45 minutes. Session of attendance is determined by home address.

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and revised operating guidelines for preschool programs, MECC preschool adjusted and adapted serving students with disabilities first, then quickly adapting to bring back peer learners in October. We are committed to staying agile in serving our students and families during unprecedented times. In preparation for the 21-22 school year, there is much unknown at this point in regards to how school will look, however, we are confident in our ability to serve and adapt our programming. Here are some considerations to understand as you determine if the MECC preschool is the right fit for your family. 

Revisions to meet requirements due to COVID-19 Pandemic as of 12/7/2020 (subject to change)

Programming

Revisions

MECC Preschool COVID Safety Design

  • Classroom ratio of 2:16 will be maintained at all times in our integrated classrooms. Each classroom will have 1 teacher and 1 paraprofessional, at minimum, supporting preschool learners.

  • Students and staff will wear masks at all times, unless eating preschool provided snack.

  • Parents will complete the district wellness check prior to students leaving for MECC.

  • Teachers will take temperatures of all students prior to entering classrooms meeting ODE requirements. Students registering a fever of 100.9 of higher will be sent home.

  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization will occur throughout the session and between sessions.

  • Students will remain with their bubble of learners (classroom) as much as possible.

  • Social distancing strategies are established for our preschool program.

Possible Learning Models for Preschool

  • The preschool program could roll between two models during the 21-22 school year.

Tuition

  • All students will be required to attend and pay full-time (4 days per week status) regardless of model (RLE or In-Person).

  • All students will be provided a district loaned 1:1 I-Pad which will support learning at home and in the event RLE is effective. Families will pay a one-time device fee. The device fee is due by the first day of preschool.

  • All students will pay a one-time snack fee. The amount will be determined based on student start date. The snack fee is due by the first day of preschool.

  • Tuition is paid by the first of the month (ending May 1st).

  • Should a student withdraw from the MECC Preschool program, they will not be granted re-enrollment during the 21-22 school year.

Pandemic Preparedness

In the event that the MECC Preschool program is required to close its building and move into remote learning, the preschool staff will provide RLE for students. Parents agree to continue paying tuition and MECC preschool staff will continue to provide live learning experiences and SeeSaw learning opportunities virtually.


In order to submit an application for enrollment, families need to be a resident of the Mason City School District at the time application is submitted or provide a Contract to Purchase a Mason residence.  Children must also be three years old on or before
August 1, 2021 and toilet trained. Children who will be 5 on or before September 30, 2021 are not eligible for preschool at MECC.

Information regarding tuition for the 2021-2022 school year as well as snack fee will be available in January.


Please contact MECC Preschool Administrative Assistant, Michelle Fischley, at 513-229-4578 with questions. If you need information on district supports for preschool children with special needs please contact
Julie Cooper.


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