About Pre-K in the Lorain City Schools

  • Lorain City Schools’ Early Childhood Programs have served the Lorain community since 1991. The mission of the program is to provide exemplary educational opportunities for children ages 3 and 4 years of age. These opportunities are based on a developmentally appropriate curriculum and supplemental services for both special needs and typically–developing children.
    Currently the district has early childhood education classrooms located at 8 sites within the community. All sites are licensed by and follow policies of the Ohio Department of Education Office of Early Learning and School Readiness. These programs include Early Childhood Education, and classes for students with special needs.
    Early Childhood Preschool services are provided on a first come, first served basis until all available seats are filled.  Call (440) 830-4040 to put your child on the waiting list.  Typical preschool is tuition based on a sliding scale based upon family income. Proof of income is required at the time of registration.    


    • The Lorain City School District is proud to offer Preschool programs in our schools that have earned a 5-star rating through Ohio's "Step Up to Quality" system. This is the highest rating preschools can receive! These high quality preschool programs are available at Garfield, Frank Jacinto, Helen Steiner Rice, and Toni Morrison Elementary schools.

      What does this mean? 

      Your child is enrolled, or you may be considering enrolling your child, in a learning and development program with a level of quality that exceeds Ohio’s child care licensing standards.

      High-quality learning and development programs are important because early experiences last a lifetime. Your child has approximately 1,892 days from the time he or she is born until kindergarten. What happens on this journey lays the foundation for success in school and life.

      A Step Up To Quality Five-Star rating means your child is in a program that has demonstrated the highest level of quality. Below are some of the ways a program can provide increased quality at the five star level.


      There are more staff members per child.

      Teachers have more time to support your child’s individual development and learning. This is important because 90 percent of brain development occurs by the time your child is 6 years old.


      The administrator and teachers have higher educational qualifications.

      The administrator and most teachers have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and many years’ experience working with young children. These qualifications benefit your child’s development and learning.


      The administrator and teachers complete more than 20 hours of specialized training every two years.

      The administrator and teaching staff are committed to expanding their education and skills to better support your child’s development and learning.


      Teachers develop lesson plans that support each child’s growth.

      Teachers plan intentional and purposeful activities and experiences that meet the needs, interests and abilities of children. These activities and experiences support them and their development.


      Program staff completes assessments to evaluate and improve the learning experience.

      Assessments with your child help keep track of his or her growth over time. This lets teachers adjust how they offer experiences to your child daily.


      Families and the community are valued.

      Programs work with families and neighborhood organizations to provide more opportunities for children.


      The program supports and values employees and retains good teachers.

      The program provides at least three of the following to staff: health insurance, paid leave, tuition reimbursement, discount on child care, paid professional development, retirement, flexible spending account, one hour of paid planning time weekly, paid holidays or life insurance.

      To stay current with information regarding early learning and development programs in your area and statewide, visit www.earlychildhoodohio.org.

Contact Us

  • Scott Dieter
    Director of Early Childhood Education
    Lorain City School District
    2601 Pole Ave
    Lorain, Ohio 44055
    P: 440-830-4077
    Alisha Pardon
    Early Childhood Education Coordinator
    P: 440-830-4040