Preschool Enrollment

Dayton Public Schools offers diverse options for early childhood education. DPS Early Childhood Education programs provide services for children from 3.5 years to 5 years old. As a district, our goal is to consolidate the efforts of all preschool programs by establishing a common vision in meeting the needs of a diverse preschool population.

You must be a resident of the Dayton Public Schools district to take advantage of these wonderful programs.

How do I enroll my child in a DPS preschool program?

Enrollment at Dayton Public Schools is open for students in preschool through grade 12. The registration process is much the same for all, but there are some added forms that preschool parents/guardians must fill out for their child.

Click to begin the enrollment process NOW! or call our Student Enrollment Center for assistance at (937) 542-5555. 

NOTE: Priority placements are given to four-year-old students. If spots remain, three-and-a-half year-old students are accepted. Registration for the Montessori preschool program is done directly through River's Edge Montessori.

Registration information:

Documents needed for all registrations PreK-12:
Birth certificate Completed shot record (Must follow state immunization schedule)
Parent's valid photo ID (including signature) Legal custody documentation (if applicable)
Proof of residency (dated within last 60 days) Proof of address that includes the parent/guardian's complete name and address and is dated within 60 days. One must be a lease agreement or mortgage. Other examples: Utility bill, paycheck stub, court order, etc.
ADDITIONAL Forms Needed for Preschool Registration:
Medical form (dated within last 12 months Dental Form (dated within last 12 months
Preschool health history form  

Preschool selection process

After a registration form is submitted, parents will receive an enrollment letter them of their child's placement in either a Title I Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Early Childhood Inclusive Preschool (ECIP) program.

(Note: Students with IEPs do not have to go through the selection process. Contact the ECIP Office directly at 542-3308.)

Early Childhood Education (ECE)/Title I

  • The program serves children who are 4 years old on or before Sept. 30. 
  • There is no cost to the family. 
  • Families of all income levels are eligible to apply. 
  • Transportation is NOT provided. 
  • Children attend the school in their neighborhood. 
  • The program operates a full day program, four days a week (M-Th) 
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided daily.

Early Childhood Inclusive Preschool (ECIP)

  • Integrates the Creative Curriculum to meet the early learning standards
  • Full day, part-day, and integrated classes in several of our elementary schools, Monday – Thursday
  • Itinerant teacher services (home-based or school-based)
  • Three (3 1/2) or four (4) years old, some five (5) year olds may be eligible; multi-age setting
  • Typical children must be age 3 1/2 on or before Sept. 30
  • Class size of 6-16 students
  • Accept children with special needs as well as typical children
  • No cost to families
  • Transportation provided for those with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)

Montessori Education

  • Montessori focus and curriculum
  • Half-day sessions, Monday - Friday
  • Three (3) year olds must be age 3 on or before Aug. 31
  • Four (4) year olds must be age 4 on or before Sep. 30
  • Classes are made up of 3- and 4-year-old preschool students and 5-year-old kindergarten students
  • Families of all income levels
  • $25 supply fee each year for all supplies
  • Focus for children who will continue in the Montessori setting 

Early Childhood Mission

The mission of the Early Childhood Programs is to work together for the highest student achievement by creating and improving our environments to provide developmentally appropriate practices and standards.

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