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About Our Program

In response to a federal mandate, the Lakota Local School District, in 1990, developed a preschool program to serve children 3 – 5 years of age with a wide range of disabilities qualifying for special education services. A program model was adopted to include children with typical development in order to provide for a more appropriate and enriching learning experience.

The program provides a nurturing environment that supports the intellectual, academic, and social growth of young children. It is designed to serve both students with a range of disabilities as well as typical preschool students who pay a tuition to attend. The model is built on the premise that preschool-aged students with disabilities, as well as those with typical learning styles, can both benefit and grow academically by learning alongside one another. "Center-based classrooms" are comprised of equal numbers of both types of learners.

While preschool staff are contracted by the Butler County Educational Service Center, educators work collaboratively with Lakota's administrators to combine resources and ensure a successful transition to kindergarten. 

Note: Lakota Local Schools also partners with BCESC to run Head Start preschool classrooms in the district. The Butler County Educational Service Center Head Start is a federally-funded preschool program for children ages 3-5. To receive more information about this program, please visit the BCESC Head Start website.

General Information

  • Morning or afternoon programs (no full-day sessions available).

    • AM Session - 8:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
    • PM Session - 12:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Students will be placed in the AM or PM session according to availability. 
  • Four day program (Monday through Thursday)
  • Students currently enrolled may remain in the program without participating in the lottery, provided they meet age requirements, but still must complete an application.
  • Transportation is the responsibility of the parent, guardian or caregiver.
  • Siblings of children returning to the program are given priority during the registration process.

  • VanGorden Elementary is home to the majority of Lakota's preschool program (this does not include Head Start classrooms). Some classroom space is also used at Liberty ECS.

Enrollment Requirements

  • Children ages three and four are eligible to enroll. Children that are three years old must be three on or before August 1 during the enrollment year.
  • If your child is eligible for kindergarten (five years old before Aug. 1 of the enrollment year), he/she is not eligible for this program. 
  • Children must be toilet-trained to attend.
  • Families must reside within the Lakota School District by the end of the application deadline.

Tuition & Fees

As a convenience to our families and in an effort to expedite processing times, Lakota Preschool utilizes an online portal called EZ Pay to accept tuitions and fees. We cannot accept cash or check payments.

The annual tuition rate is $2,403. Fees for the current school year will be posted and available to pay on  EZ Pay by Sept. 1. 

Lakota's preschool program is funded by a combination of state and local funding. This funding does not cover all expenses. Tuition payments help defray the excess costs. 

Contact Information

Diane Keene
Preschool Director
(513) 870-5378 ext. 3

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