Dayton Public Schools offers diverse options for early childhood education. DPS Early Childhood Education programs provide services for children from 3.5-to-5 years old. As a district, the goal is to consolidate the efforts of all preschool programs by establishing a common vision for 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.
Call the Student Enrollment Center for assistance at (937) 542-5555.
NOTE: Priority placements are given to 4-year-old students and 5-year-olds who are not ready for kindergarten. If spots remain, three-year-old students are accepted. Registration for the Montessori preschool program is done directly through River's Edge Montessori.
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.)
- The program serves children who are 4 years old on or before Sept. 30, or 5-year-olds who are not yet ready for kindergarten.
- 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 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.