OWU’s Early Childhood Center is a quality community preschool for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children, and a laboratory in early childhood education for University undergraduates. Experienced professional teachers organize, plan, and teach every class; student participants assist the teachers, interact with the children, and participate in special projects designed for the children. The adult-to-child ratios are small and class sizes are held at 10 students. Each session has a maximum of three classes, so there are never more than 30 children at the center at any one time.
Registration for the 2019-20 School Year
Registration for the 2019-20 school year begins on February 1. Registration forms will be available at the open house (see separate announcement about the open house below) and on our website. The first deadline for registration will be on February 22. After that time, enrollment will continue on a first-come, first-served basis. Waiting lists will be maintained throughout the school year.
Now Enrolling for a New Preschool Class
We are currently enrolling 3-year-old children for a new preschool class which we’re offering from January 29 - May 2, 2019. The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-3 p.m.
To qualify, along with already turning 3 years old, your child must be fully potty-trained. Young 4-year-olds are also eligible for this class.
The registration form (PDF) must be completed and returned (along with the registration fee). Enrollment will continue until the class has reached capacity at ten children. If you are interested and/or have any questions, please contact Ms. Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enrollment Open House for the 2019-2020 School Year
Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Our open house is designed to give parents and children and understanding of our classroom environment, curriculum, and community. Please bring the whole family!
There will be classrooms to explore, activities for the children, as well as teachers and former parents to meet.
Note: This is a drop-in open house. Families can attend at any time between 10-11:30 a.m. Most families spend around 20-30 minutes at the open house.
The learning day in each session begins with an hour of Guided Exploration throughout the building. During this time, children are free to choose activities such as studio art, dramatic play, science experiments, math games, block building, and quiet reading all assisted by OWU students and professional staff. At the end of Guided Exploration time, the children meet in designated Focus Groups to work on continuing projects, write in their journals, read and hear stories, have a snack, explore the outside learning environment, sing and dance, and have time in community.