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Preschool Education

Preschool Education

Big Walnut offers an outstanding preschool program that serves children with disabilities and also provides an educational opportunity for typically developing children to serve as social and academic peer models.

The Big Walnut Preschool Peer Model Program promotes development in communication skills, motor skills, independence, and a positive self-concept. All classrooms incorporate literacy-enriched, developmentally appropriate learning environments and incorporate the Early Learning Content Standards, endorsed by the Ohio Department of Education.

Classrooms have a maximum of 16 students, with a ratio of no more than 8:8 (8 students with disabilities to 8 peer models.) Our integrated classrooms are staffed by one teacher and one assistant. Some classrooms are staffed with additional assistants dependent upon the needs of the students in each of the classrooms

Each class receives support services from a team of related service specialists (occupational therapist, speech language therapist, and physical therapist). The related service staff brings their skill and training into the classroom environment, benefiting both peer models and students with special needs.
Preschool Information 
Hours of Operation
Morning Session - 8:55-11:30am
Afternoon Session - 12:40-3:15pm

Child check is a preschool developmental screening that provides information about a child's current development in the areas of motor, language, concept, self-help and social-emotional development.

Preschool Peer Enrollment Request

The Big Walnut Preschool Peer Enrollment lottery is open for the 2023-24 school year. Please complete the enrollment request form no later than February 10, 2023.  The lottery drawing for peer spots will be held February 13, 2023.  Click the link below and complete the form to be entered in the lottery: