WE firmly believe that preschool-aged students with disabilities, as well as those with typical learning styles, can both benefit and grow academically by learning alongside one another. Pick the program that fits your individual needs to determine where your journey begins.
Butler County Educational Service Center's Head Start is a federally-funded preschool program for children ages 3-5.
With centers located in communities throughout Butler and Preble counties, our child- and family-focused Head Start Program has the overall goal of increasing the school readiness and social competence of young children for qualifying low-income families.
Lakota’s preschool program exists due to special education laws and regulations.
Special education is guided by the federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 20 U.S.C. § 1400. This law was established to ensure all children with disabilities have access to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in their Least-Restrictive Environment (LRE).
Currently in Ohio, universal preschool is not mandated or government funded. Typically developing students attending Lakota’s preschool program pay tuition to attend.
Lakota is not required to offer a minimum number of seats to tuition-based students. That number varies from year to year based on the roster of special education students needing services, which is why families are asking to apply to an annual lottery for this option.