Sycamore Preschool Program

  • Sycamore Community Schools' preschool program serves children ages 3 to 5 with a wide range of abilities. Classes are inclusive and comprised of children who are developing typically and children identified with special needs.

    The program is housed at Maple Dale Elementary and Blue Ash Elementary and operates Monday through Thursday. Morning sessions are 9:15-11:45 a.m. and afternoon sessions are 1:15-3:45 p.m. Busing is provided to all preschool students. Morning and afternoon sessions are determined by your student's future elementary school of attendance.

    Applications for the 2022-23 school year will be taken from January 3-February 11, 2022. All applications must be submitted by February 11, 2022.  The lottery for typically developing students is held late February. Families will be notified of their acceptance into the program. Please do not register until you have received notification that you have a spot. Children must be toilet-trained to attend our preschool program. 

    If you feel your child may have some special needs, please contact Regina Stauder, Preschool Coordinator, at

    Sycamore Preschool Lottery Application

Our Program

  • Our program is characterized by hands-on, inquiry-based learning that challenges each student to think and become a problem-solver.  This is accomplished through both whole class and small group learning.  All preschool learning activities help children build confidence as they learn to live, work and play with others.  

    Our curriculum is presented through the use of Thematic Units such as "Getting To Know You" and "The Farm" as well as classroom centers.  Our curriculum is guided by "The Ohio Early Learning Content Standards."

    Preschool Objectives for Development & Learning:

    • Social & Emotional Development
    • Approaches Towards Learning
    • Cognitive Development & General Knowledge
    • Language & Literacy Development
    • Physical well-being & motor development

Step Up To Quality Five-Star Rating

  • step up to quality logo In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, Sycamore Community Schools Preschool Program has received the Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the state of Ohio. This recognition is the highest the Ohio Department of Education awards to preschool programs throughout the state.

    “This recognition affirms what we know about the high-quality service that is provided to our youngest Aviators,” said Frank Forsthoefel, superintendent. “This five-star ranking is a direct result of the talent, care, and servant approach of the professionals in our preschool program.”

    Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a five–star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed licensing health and safety regulations. The program standards are based on national research identifying standards which lead to improved outcomes for children.

    The Sycamore preschool team worked together for two years to prepare for the SUTQ review, which included an unannounced on-site visit to evaluate the program.

    The Sycamore Community School District’s 5-Star Preschool Program serves children ages 3 to 5 with a wide range of abilities. Classes are inclusive and comprised of children who are typically developing and children identified with special needs.

    To learn more about the Step Up to Quality Program, visit 

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