Preschool Program

5 Star Award WinnerThe Mason Early Childhood Center (MECC) will begin accepting applications for typically developing preschool age children for the 2018-19 school year. Applications will be available to download off the district website or pick up in the MECC office January 16, 2018.

Applications need to be returned to the MECC preschool office no later than February 15, 2018 in order to be included in the lottery. Application to the preschool is not a “first come, first served” process. A lottery will be conducted with applications received by February 15 for available openings for the 2018-19 school year. Families will receive notification of the status of their application by US mail no later than March 24, 2018.  Children not selected will have the opportunity to have their names placed on a waiting list.  

Preschool Teacher with StudentIn 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 the preschool years.

MECC’s preschool is licensed under the Ohio Department of Education and is participating in the Ohio Step Up To Quality program. 

Each preschool classroom’s 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 with identified special needs and one half children who are considered to be typically developing.  

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

Tuition for the 2018-19 school year is $345.00 per month. The annual snack fee is $130. 

Please contact MECC Preschool Administrative Assistant, Michelle Fischley at 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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