Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

About our Program

The Knox ESC preschool provides half-day classes for children ages three through five years, including children with special needs.  All classrooms are licensed by the Ohio Department of Education and have received a 3 to 5-Star Step Up to Quality rating from the state of Ohio  The classrooms are staffed with certified early childhood teaching professionals.



Children are eligible for enrollment in the program if they will be 3 years of age and less than 5 years of age by August 1st  of the school year enrolling.


Environment & Curriculum

Research supports that a child learns best when done so through play. Our program implements Creative Curriculum along with the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning Content Standards.  A typical day provides many opportunities for the child’s development.  Planning is done by teachers based on the needs of individual children or a particular group of children. The classroom schedule includes such things as:

  • Circle Time/Meeting  - group sharing & story time
  • Structured Free Play for 60 minutes –choice of various centers
  • Outdoor Play for 30 minutes –gross motor
  • Snack Time - language development & sharing

Field trips are taken into the community to extend the classroom activities.

Additionally, our program implements The PAX Good Behavior Game. PAX implements a variety of strategies to help students learn to control impulsivity, support one another and minimize disruptions while having fun in their regular classroom routine.


Students with Special Needs

The Early Childhood Special Education program provides services for children ages three through five who have special needs in one or more of the following areas:


-Physical development

-Cognitive development

-Communication development

-Social/emotional development

-Adaptive behavior


Services for Students with Special Needs

Center-Based Services

In the center-based program, children are offered a group experience for at least 10 hours per week.

Itinerant Services

Certified preschool special needs teachers are available to serve in the child’s familiar environment, whether that be Head Start, private preschools, home or child care settings.  Through play and individualized attention, the child’s goals are addressed individually or within a group. 

Related Services

Children with special needs may receive additional support from speech/language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists within the classroom setting. 


Tuition and Registration Fees:

There is an annual registration fee of $20.00 and $5.00 fee for a t-shirt.

Tuition is determined on a sliding-fee scale according to household income.  Tuition is due the 15th of each month September through May.  Please call for current rates.

There is no cost to the parents for students who are identified with special needs or meet the income eligibility for early childhood education.


Classroom locations and times

All classes are Tuesday thru Friday

Centerburg Administration Building


A.M. Class      8:05 - 11:20 a.m.

P.M. Class      11:50 - 3:05 p.m.

Danville Administration Building

A.M. Class      7:50 - 11:05 a.m.

P.M. Class      11:50 - 3:05 p.m.

   Fredericktown Administration Building

A.M. Class      8:30 - 11:45 a.m.

P.M. Class      12:30 - 3:45 p.m.

New Hope Early Education Center

A.M. Class      8:00 - 11:15 a.m.

P.M. Class      12:00 - 3:15 p.m.




How do I enroll my Child?

1. Fill out a Preschool Application.  An application can be obtained by one of the following ways:


     A.  Download an application by clicking on the “First Time Students” button to the right.

     B.  Call (740) 393-6980 and ask that an application be mailed to your home.

     C.  Stop by our preschool office located at

           11700 Upper Gilchrist Road  

           Mount Vernon, OH


2. Once an application has been received in our office, your child will be placed on a waiting list for the school year selected and our office will contact you to schedule a screening.

3. At spring enrollment, children will be placed in classrooms for the fall and parents will be notified as soon as possible after placement has occurred. During the school year, students will be placed as room is available and caregiver will be notified.