Prospective Parents

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The Nisonger Center Early Childhood Education program is an inclusive educational and childcare program for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years with the minimum age of 18 months for childcare services. Children who are typically developing and children with developmental disabilities participate in child-directed, developmentally appropriate, play-based classroom activities. A team of teachers and therapists work with families and one another to use fun and interactive play-based activities to promote and aid in the development of young children with and without developmental disabilities both in the classroom and during home visits. Home visits are conducted for families with children with special needs to assist in providing early intervention within the home environment.

Documents:

Download the Early Childhood Intervention Brochure

Download the Child Care Center Program Brochure

approach1We believe that early childhood education should be individualized, evidence-based, fun, family-centered, and inclusive.

What does this mean?

Individualized

We recognize the importance of making sure that our practices are tailored to the unique profiles of our children and families. We do not believe that any one intervention works for all children and families – thus, we adapt our practices to the diverse and varied needs of our children and families.

Evidence-based

It’s important to us that we teach our children using strategies that are proven to work. In order to do this, we partner with professors at The Ohio State University and receive specialized training on the very latest early childhood interventions.

Fun

Our team works tirelessly to motivate our children to want to learn. We believe in following the interests of our students to help them engage in educationally-rich and meaningful learning opportunities.

Family-centered

We partner with our families to help each child achieve his or her potential. We challenge ourselves to think of new ways to support our parents and help them achieve their own goals with their children.

Inclusive

All of our programs are intended for children with and without developmental disabilities. We strive to create genuine friendships, awareness, and appreciation between children with and without developmental disabilities.

We have two early childhood education programs: one in McCampbell Hall and another at The OSU Child Care Center.

McCampbell Hall Program

Our McCampbell Hall preschool has been serving young children with developmental disabilities for over 30 years. Our team of talented teachers and therapists work with families and one another to develop individualized educational objectives to optimize each child’s development.

OSU Child Care Center

Our Nisonger Center Early Childhood Education program at The Ohio State University Child Care Center serves a maximum of 12 children with developmental disabilities who are between 6 weeks to 3 years of age.

The children are enrolled in the NAEYC-accredited Ohio State University Child Care Centers program and receive itinerant Early Intervention services through our Nisonger Center program. Children receive itinerant services throughout their ongoing classroom activities.

Download the Child Care Center Program Brochure

specialized

Students who are eligible to receive physical therapy, speech therapy, and/or occupational therapy may receive these services while attending our Nisonger ECE programs. We have a licensed physical therapist, as well as licensed occupational therapists and speech therapists on staff.

Our highly-qualified therapists partner with our teachers. Our therapists provide intervention in the classrooms and help our teachers create motivating and relevant classroom activities.

Children with and without developmental disabilities who are 6 weeks and five years of age are eligible to enroll in our full-day childcare program. We provide childcare in two toddler classrooms and one preschool classroom from 7am-6pm. The weekly tuition rate for the infant classroom is $310, the toddler classrooms is $270 and the weekly tuition rate for the preschool classroom is $250.

Children with developmental disabilities:

Children who receive Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education services through the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD). If you have questions or concerns regarding whether or not your child may be entitled to receive services through FCBDD, please contact FCBDD.

Children who are typically developing:

Children who are typically developing between 18 months and 5 years of age are eligible to enroll in our full-day childcare program. We provide childcare in two toddler classrooms and one preschool classroom from 7am-6pm. The weekly tuition rate for the infant classroom is $310, the toddler classrooms is $270 and the weekly tuition rate for the preschool classroom is $250.

Please note that each classroom has a specified number of slots available. A wait-list will be created when the cap for each classroom has been reached.


A child enrolled in the ECE program

Enrollment Forms

All children must complete the following enrollment forms before starting our preschool:

Waitlist Interest Form

 


Children playing in an ECE classroom

Scheduling a tour & Questions

We are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding our preschool programs and even to take you on a tour of our programs.

Please do not hesitate to contact our program assistant with questions regarding our programs or to schedule a tour:

Erica Gardner, Erica.gardner@osumc.edu, 614-685-3191

Nisonger Early Childhood Education Program | Fund Number: 302785

Fund supporting aspects of the Early Intervention Program and Early Childhood Education services for children 6 weeks to 5 years old.

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