Preschool | Registration, Placement and Licensure

Registration, Placement and Licensure

To register, families can pick up a registration packet at any LCS school, Lorain Public Library branch, or the LCS Administration Center (2601 Pole Ave). Families must return the completed packet and necessary documentation to the LCS Administration Center to register their child for preschool. Once registered, children will be assigned to a classroom at their neighborhood school, or the closest school if their neighborhood school has no remaining spots. Families can also submit an intra-district transfer request. 
The LCS preschool program is tuition-free for all students. 
A significant portion of our preschool funding comes from the Ohio Early Childhood Education grant. This grant requires that we place four-year-olds who meet specific income guidelines before placing any other students. See specific guidelines below.                    
  • Families of children who will not turn 4 on or before October 1, 2021 will not be allowed to register. These families can sign up for our three-year-old waitlist at lorainschools.org/prek. Please note: there will be an extremely limited number of placements available for 3-year-olds. Three-year-olds on our waitlist will be placed in available spots beginning on October 1. 
  • Families of four-year-olds who do not meet the income guidelines for the Ohio ECE grant will be allowed to register, pending availability. These students will be placed in order of registration. 
The LCS preschool program is licensed by and follows the policies of the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning and School Readiness (OESLR). OELSR conducts a minimum of two inspections a year to each building to be certain that programs meet or exceed the state requirements. The program license and current compliance report are posted by each building’s main office. Parents may request a copy of the current compliance report from the building principal. 
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