The Mason Early Childhood Center Preschool Program will be accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year beginning on January 13, 2017 with applications due by February 17, 2017. A lottery will be conducted after the application deadline to fill openings available for the 2017-18 school year. Families will be notified by US mail by March 24, 2017 as to the status of their child’s application.
In order to apply for enrollment, typically developing children need to be three years old on/before August 1, 2017 and be toilet trained. The preschool application may be downloaded from the district web site or picked up at the preschool school office beginning January 13, 2017.
Preschool Registration Packets are only available at the Mason Early Childhood Center after being admitted to the program.
MECC’s preschool program is in session Monday through Thursday.
Each classroom is a multi-age grouping that provides programming for children three through five years of age. The classroom population is comprised of typically developing children and children with identified special needs.
The curriculum in the preschool is guided by Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the whole child and addresses all areas of development: social/emotional, cognitive and physical. Teachers plan and prepare curriculum based on the understanding that children construct knowledge about their world as they engage in meaningful interactions with people and objects in the environment. Teachers in these child-centered rooms believe in the inherent ability of children to be active learners and to make purposeful choices in the environment.
The preschool curriculum emphasizes the value of social interaction and provides opportunities for children to interact with peers and adults throughout the day. The multi-age class groupings promote social interactions among children of varying developmental levels. Through a variety of social experiences, young children are provided with opportunities to discuss ideas, express feelings and participate in conflict resolution. In addition, children learn the importance of understanding others and cooperating in a group setting.
The preschool environment and curriculum is planned and prepared to involve children both physically and mentally in their own learning. Daily schedules and routines are predictable and help provide a sense of order and security to young children. The typical day provides a balance of quiet and active experiences as well as individual, small group and whole group activities. Children become actively involved in activity areas/learning centers during “Choice Time”, an uninterrupted block of time during the preschool day. Choice Time provides children with the time they need to move, touch and explore their classroom. As children move among classroom activity areas/learning centers, they are encouraged to make meaningful choices and decisions. During Choice Time, teachers interact with individuals and small groups of children, helping to facilitate discovery, learning, problem-solving and acquisition of concepts.
Activity areas/learning centers typically found within the preschool classroom include: writing, dramatic play, art, painting, computer, sensory table, blocks, shelf games, listening, puzzles, books, math games and snack. Opportunities are also provided for children to participate in music, science, sensory experiences and movement activities. The materials within each area are multi-level and may be used in different ways by children of various developmental levels. For example, the puzzle center may have puzzles with knobs, 6 piece puzzles, 12 piece puzzles and large floor puzzles in order to meet the needs of all learners.
In conclusion, classroom teachers frequently use a strategy known as “thematic teaching” to present and integrate concepts across curriculum areas. These themes, typically two to three weeks in duration, are often related to social studies and science concepts and are supported by quality children’s literature. Examples of such themes include autumn, transportation and community workers.
The preschool program enrolls children three through five years of age. Typically developing children must be three on or before the first day of school, toilet trained and NOT of kindergarten age (age five by September 30th of the school year).
Admission preference is given to siblings of current MECC Preschool students. In addition, if twins apply for admission, either both twins will receive a placement or both twins will be placed on the waiting list.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition is $345.00 per month. The tuition is waived for children with identified disabilities. Tuition is due on the first school day of the month, September to May. Checks or money orders may be made payable to MECC. No deductions are made for vacations, illnesses, snow days, etc. Failure to make tuition payments by the due date will result in the student being excluded from the preschool program until the past due amount is paid.
There is a $130.00 snack fee for all students. A snack will be served during each preschool session by Mason City Schools Food Services. These snacks typically consist of food items such as crackers, fruit, vegetables, juice and milk.
There is a lead teacher and a teaching assistant in each preschool classroom. The lead teacher is a college graduate and holds certification/licensure as required by the State of Ohio. The lead teacher and teaching assistant work closely to plan and provide learning experiences for young children. Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech/Language Pathologists, and Psychologists are also available to support children who have identified special needs.