Canton Local Preschool
at H. R. Walker Elementary School
3525 Sandy Ave SE, Canton OH 44707 • 330-484-8020
Canton Local Schools offers preschool education for those students who meet the eligibility. Walker Elementary has three preschool classrooms and each class has different criteria for admission. Canton Local’s preschool program has received a Five-Star Step Up to Quality Award from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
The first preschool program is a partnership between Canton Local Schools and the Stark County Educational Service Center. This program is called Stark County Integrated Preschool (SCIP). The preschool is offered 5 half days per week to children 3-5 years of age who have been identified as developmentally delayed in one or more of the following areas: communication, vision, hearing, motor skills, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, self-help skills, and/or cognitive skills. This program also accepts children who are typically developing to serve as role models in the class.
The second preschool program is funded by a grant through the Ohio Department of Education. The children enrolled in this program need to meet income eligibility requirements and be typically developing. This classroom is also offered 5 half days per week for children who are 3-5 years of age. The entire family has opportunities for involvement in their children’s preschool education, which begins the journey for the home-school partnership. Children between the ages of 3 and 5 are eligible, as long as they are not 5 years old before August 1st of the current school year.
Below are some frequently asked questions about the Preschool Programs Canton Local offers as well as all links and forms on the right-hand side of this page. We hope that you will find this information helpful!
Who can attend the preschool programs?
The Canton Local Preschool programs serve children with special needs, children who speak languages other than English, those students who qualify based on their families income, and typically developing children who live in the Canton Local School District. Children between the ages of 3 and 5 are eligible, as long as they are not 5 years old before August 1st of the current school year.
What type of preschool programs exists?
*Early Childhood Education Entitlement Program
This developmentally appropriate comprehensive preschool program is for 4 and 5-year-old children who reside in Canton Local. This program serves children from low to moderate income families. Tuition is determined using a sliding fee scale. This program is located at Walker Elementary School. Children participate in numerous learning opportunities through structured and free play, learning centers. Daily curriculum experiences help to develop communication skills (oral, written, listening, and reading.)
*Stark County Integrated Program
The Canton Local Preschool serves children with special needs, children who speak languages other than English, and typically developing children who live in the Canton Local School District. Children between the ages of 3 and 5 are eligible, as long as they are not 5 years old before August 1st of the current school year. Children with special needs are those identified as having a developmental delay in one or more of the following areas: communication, vision, hearing, motor skills, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, self-help skills, and/or cognitive skills. Children are identified as having a disability through the Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE) process, in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA.) The MFE is available at no cost through SCESC.
If a child qualifies as a child with a disability, SCESC./Canton Local offers special education services. This program is housed at Walker Elementary but is actually a program that is run by the Stark County Educational Service Center (SCESC.) If you suspect your child has a disability, please call Victoria Hessey at 330-484-8022.
Preschool special education classes enroll children on Individual Education Plan (IEP.) The classroom teacher is a special education teacher. Therapists, a social worker, and psychologists are available to provide services in these classrooms.
The activities presented in the SCIP Program are age-appropriate learning experiences intended to facilitate the goals and objectives of each child's Individual Education Plan (IEP.) Children participate in numerous learning opportunities through structured and free play, and learning centers. Daily curriculum experiences help to develop communication skills (oral, written, listening, and reading.) Necessary support services are received from trained personnel who have the knowledge and understanding of early childhood development.
The entire family has opportunities for involvement in their children's education which begins the journey for home-school partnership.
Our teachers are Ohio Department of Education certified with four-year early childhood college degrees.
The philosophy of the Stark County Educational Service Center and Canton Local Schools preschool program is to provide opportunities for children to grow through a variety of experiences. It is our belief that every child can learn and that the preschool experience should be positive, enjoyable, and rewarding for children with and their families. We strive to build a strong foundation for future learning success through activities that are multicultural, play-based, and child-initiated.
Can any child sign up for preschool?
Yes, but we have a limited number of spots available for typically developing children and for students who would qualify for the Early Childhood Education Entitlement Program. Openings are available for children with disabilities, as well as those who do not speak English. The preschool can evaluate your child to determine if he/she is eligible as a child with a disability or as an English Language Learner. Please call 330.484.8020 to sign up your child.
What are the program hours and days?
The Canton Local Preschool program is five days per week. The morning session is 8:30 - 11:00 and the afternoon session is 12:30 - 3:00.
Where are the preschool classes?
The district's preschool classes are housed at Walker Elementary School at 3525 Sandy Ave SE, Canton Ohio 44707. Phone 330.484.8020.
Does the preschool provide transportation?
The preschool only provides transportation to children if they qualify for special services. The preschoolers will be on a bus with other elementary children. Many parents opt to transport their preschool child.
How do I get my child evaluated for preschool?
If your child is typically developing and you do not suspect any type of disability, there is a screening once a year for the limited number of spots. This screening is held in April for students to attend the following school year. there is a sliding scale for tuition, and parents are asked to provide documentation of family income to determine eligibility. See Federal Poverty Guidelines for tuition information. If your child received Help Me Grow services, your Help Me Grow coordinator will assist you with the evaluation process, which starts with a transition meeting between Help Me Grow, the parents and the school district.
If you suspect your preschool-aged child has a disability, please call Victoria Hessey at 330-484-8022. If your child speaks a language other than English, or another language is spoken in the home, please call 330-484-8022 to determine if your child is eligible for preschool as an English Language Learner. If your child is eligible, preschool is provided at no cost to you.
What do I need to do to have my child evaluated?
First, contact the preschool program to set up a screening at 330-484-8022. You will receive a call a few days after the screening, letting you know if a disability is suspected. If the staff suspect a disability you will be called and a time for further evaluation will be set up.
My child is already enrolled in the preschool program. What additional information is available, and what is required of me as a parent?
Immunizations and yearly physicals are required. Please see the Preschool Handbook for additional information. The district required the School Entrance Physical Examination, and the Ohio Department of Education required the Medical Form for Preschool Students. Forms are available to download below.