Philosophy and Goals

Clark-Shawnee Local Schools Preschool Program

Philosophy and Goals


The Clark-Shawnee Local Schools preschool is licensed by the State of Ohio, Division of Early Learning and School Readiness. The current license is posted inside the classroom. The preschool unit operates under the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities (Chapter 3301-51 Ohio Administrative Code) and the Rules for Preschool Programs (Chapter 3301-37 Ohio Administrative Code). The laws and rules are available at the Ohio Department of Education website. The Preschool’s licensing record including compliance reports are available upon request. The most current report is hanging on the classroom wall with the license.

The philosophy of the Clark-Shawnee Local Schools preschool is based on meeting the individual and developmental needs of all children. Teachers strive to provide an environment that encourages all children to explore, ask questions and learn things that he/she needs and wants to know about their world. The basic ingredient to educational success is a positive self-image and a respect for others. Individual needs are met so that children feel safe and secure. Parents are recognized as the primary teacher of their children. The staff strives to work in partnership with families to promote the optimal development all children. Parent involvement in the program is encouraged. The Scholastic Curriculum follows the Ohio Department of Education Early Learning content Standards in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science. It provides a balance of child-centered and teacher facilitated activities that encourage children to investigate, manipulate and experiment as each one constructs their own knowledge. Teachers in partnership with families guide children through the process of growth and development academically as well as artistically, emotionally, socially, and physically.