Preschool Program

5 Star Award WinnerThe Mason Early Childhood Center (MECC) will start accepting applications for typically developing
preschool age children for the 2020-2021 school year beginning January 13, 2020. Applications will be available to download off the district website January 13, 2020. Applications will also be available in the
MECC preschool office on January 13, 2020. Applications need to be returned to the MECC preschool office no later than February 7, 2020 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 7, 2020 for available openings for the 2020-2021 school year. Families will receive notification
of the status of their application by US mail no later than March 16, 2020.

MECC will host a Preschool Open House Wednesday January 15, 2020 from 5:00pm - 6:30pm for parents interested in the MECC Preschool Program. 

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 order to submit an application for enrollment typically developing children need to live in the Mason City School District boundary at the time application is submitted. Children must also be three years old on or before August 1, 2020 and toilet trained. Children who will be 5 on or before September 30, 2019 are not eligible for preschool at MECC.

Tuition for the 2020-2021 school year is $345.00 per month (September-May payment).  The $130.00 snack fee is due within the first 10 days of the school year. 

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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