All MCCSC preschool programs use the Foundations to the Indiana Academic Standards for young children. The Foundations are aligned with the Indiana Academic Standards for kindergarten in a developmentally-appropriate way and reflect the types of experiences and interactions early learners need in order to be ready to transition to kindergarten. Thirteen of our nineteen preschools are Level 3 Paths to Quality preschools. MCCSC is committed to education at every age. We offer a wide range of preschool options spread throughout the district. The following list provides an overview of those programs and contact information for enrollment.Ready. Set. Grow. preschool from MCCSC's School Age Care serves children ages 3-5 in seven of MCCSC's elementary schools (Binford, Childs, Clear Creek, Lakeview, Templeton, Unionville, and University). All seven Ready. Set. Grow. preschools are Level 3 Paths to Quality preschools.
Children from any school district may attend any program. RSG focuses on education and kindergarten preparedness in a structured and interactive learning environment. All Ready Set Grow classrooms teach early skills in the development of literacy, math, science, social studies, and the arts through play-based projects and social development.
Ready Set Grow is a fee-based program and does accept the Indiana CASY/CCDF voucher. For more information on hours, pricing, and registration please click here or call us at 330-7702.
MCCSC Title I Preschool
The six Title I preschools are based in Arlington Heights, Fairview, Grandview, Highland Park, Summit, and Templeton Elementary Schools. Title I preschools follow the MCCSC school hours and calendar. We have five Level 3 Paths to Quality Title I preschools available (Arlington Heights, Fairview, Grandview, Summit, and Templeton).
The preschool program is free of charge. To qualify children must live in the Arlington Heights, Fairview, Grandview, Highland Park, Summit or Templeton attendance areas. Free transportation on MCCSC school buses is provided to children who live in the attendance area where the preschool is located.
Children must also:
• Be 4 years old by August 1st
• Demonstrate academic need
Home visits with the Preschool Family Literacy Liaison are required. For more information call 812-330-7700 ext. 51380.
Hoosier Hills Childcare Center serves children ages 6 weeks – 5 years of age and is a Level 3 Paths to Quality preschool. The licensed childcare facility is open to the public and is located within the Hoosier Hills Career Center. The center houses five classrooms; infants (6 weeks-walking), early walkers (12 -24 mo), 2-year-olds, preschool (3s) and pre-kindergarten (4-5s). Classroom teachers develop curriculum and create lesson plans to meet the developmentally appropriate needs of the children in their care. These plans are based on the IAEYC Foundations and developmentally appropriate practices. All staff is required to have 20 hours of professional development each year to stay on top of the current early childhood trends and provide the best possible environment for the children.
Early childhood services are available to eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 – 5 years. With parent permission, evaluations are completed by an assessment team that includes the parents, preschool teacher and school specialists. School specialists may include a speech-language pathologist, school psychologist, occupational therapist, and a physical therapist.
Eligibility for early childhood services for children with disabilities, the specific services needed, and the location of the services, will be determined by the case conference committee, which also includes the child’s parents.
Preschool programs for children with disabilities are located in four different elementary schools, Clear Creek, Highland Park, Templeton, and University. We have preschool classrooms that are specifically designed for children with disabilities as well as inclusive preschool classrooms. We also provide direct speech and language therapy for young children at their elementary school. MCCSC also provides special education services to children enrolled in the local Head Start programs.
The development preschool for children with disabilities serves students with disabilities ages 3+ in inclusive and self-contained settings. Schedules and qualifications vary. Contact the MCCSC Special Education Department at 330-7700 for more information.
Head Start Preschool
Head Start in Monroe County is operated by the South Central Community Action Program. Some of the classrooms are hosted within MCCSC facilities. For more information, you may contact SCCAP at (812) 339-3447 or at http://www.insccap.org/pages/head_start_early_head_start.