Early Childhood Program
The Trumbull County Educational Service Center (TCESC) Preschool Program provides preschool services for typically developing students with disabilities ages 3-5.
The TCESC Preschool Program is taught by two adults, a classroom teacher and a classroom assistant.
TCESC Preschool Program implements the Creative Curriculum for Preschool. We supplement our curriculum with explicit instruction in phonemic awareness using the Michael Haggerty Phonemic Awareness Program.
TCESC preschool classrooms operate at different schedules. Our full-day programs operate 5
days a week for 4.75 hours. The half-day programs operate for 3 hours and 15 minutes per day,
Four days a week. Half-day programs are located in Girard, Champion, and Warren McGuffey.
Joseph Badger TCESC preschool operates four days a week for 6.5 hours daily.
Preschool Intervention Services are provided to the children who are eligible for special
education and related services based upon the results of a school-based multi-factored
Eligibility for Special Education Preschool Program requires that:
The child is 3-5 years of age and is NOT eligible for Kindergarten.
The child demonstrates a disability or exhibits significant delays in one or more of the following areas:
-Communication Skills-Motor Functioning
-Social-emotional behavioral functioning
If you have questions about how to pursue an evaluation for your child, you can contact TCESC Early Childhood Supervisor Gerri Melillo at 330-505-2800, extension 137.
ALL preschool children enrolled in the TCESC preschool program MUST be registered with their
home school district.
TCESC Preschool classrooms are located in the following school districts:
- Joseph Badger
- Warren McGuffey
TCESC is a recipient of an Early Childhood Grant from the Ohio Department of
Education. This grant provides funding for typically developing children who meet specific
financial criteria. All typically developing children's families will be asked to complete the Early Childhood Education Income Eligibility Screening Tool. Results of the information on
the form may result in a request for proof of income.
Although preference is given to 4-year-old children, the following criteria are needed for
enrollment as a Typically Developing child:
- The child is potty trained
- The child should be 3 years of age by October 1
- The child cannot be of kindergarten age (as identified by their local school district)