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Preschool Information

The FHSD preschool program is designed to meet the diverse needs of all students by creating an engaging community of learners ages 3 to 5 years old.

All school districts are required by federal law to provide special education and related services for preschool-age students that are identified with a disability. The Forest Hills Preschool Program integrates preschool students that are typically developing (peer models) with children that have identified needs and require an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  

The Forest Hills Preschool Program uses an online application and lottery system for Peer Model acceptance into the Preschool Program. The application is currently closed for the 2020-2021 school year. Please complete a Peer Model Application to be added to the wait list. 

Once accepted, parents can begin registration procedures. Parents of students who are drawn in the lottery will have one week to complete registration and pay a tuition deposit of $100. Students who are not drawn in the lottery will be placed on a waitlist. 

Final teacher placement decisions will be made over the summer and communicated to families via email at the beginning of August.

Details of a Peer Model Program:

Peer Model Admissions Criteria:                                                       

Complete a Peer Model application:

If you are interested in having your child attend the Forest Hills Preschool Program as a peer model and your child meets all the Peer Model Criteria (listed above), please complete a Peer Model Application. The application is currently closed for the 2020-2021 school year. Please complete a Peer Model Application to be added to the wait list.

Additional program details

Age Requirement for Children with Special Needs:                                                                                              

Students with identified special needs must be 3 years old before they can begin to receive Special Education and Related Services. The Forest Hills School District provides a continuum of services based on your child's needs. Services may include individual or group intervention supports (e.g., speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy) or participation in our center-based preschool program. These services will be determined at your child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting. For questions, please contact Forest Hills Preschool Administrative Assistant, Patty Dold, at 231-3600 ext: 2950.


Special Education Preschool Services: Please call Patty Dold, administrative assistant, at or 231-3600 prior to registering. 

Click here if you have been instructed to register for the special education preschool evaluation or screening.

If you're having difficulties with the link above, please click here and scroll down to "Click here for 2020-2021 registration."


Pay tuition and fees:

Click here to pay tuition and fees for preschool.

The Forest Hills School District preschool program is recognized for excellence 



Sherwood Elementary School and Summit Elementary School have received the 5-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Step Up To Quality is a rating and improvement system. The system recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed preschool licensing and school age child care licensing health and safety regulations. Step Up To Quality program standards are based on national research identifying standards which lead to improved outcomes for children.


2020-2021 Preschool guide and staff information

Family information form

Family income statement

Medical and dental form

Developmental resources for 3-year-olds

Developmental resources for 4-year-olds

Developmental resources for 5-year-olds 

Ohio's Early Learning Assessment 

Ohio's kindergarten readiness skills 

Master Pre-School Calendar

Summit Pre-School Supply List

Sherwood Pre-School Supply List


Healthchek is Ohio's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program. It is a service package for babies, kids and young adults younger than age 21 who are enrolled on Ohio Medicaid. The purpose of Healthchek is to discover and treat health problems early. If a potential health problem is found, further diagnosis and treatment are covered by Medicaid. Healthchek covers ten check-ups in the first two years of life and annual check-ups thereafter and offers a comprehensive physical examination. You can read more information here.  


The Hamilton County Educational Service Center operates a Head Start program at Mercer Elementary for children ages 3- to 5-years- old.  The half-day classes taught by qualified early childhood teachers are intended to help children enter kindergarten ready to learn. The morning session operates from 8 a.m-11:30 a.m. and the afternoon session operates from 12:10 p.m.-3:45 p.m.  Nutritious meals and snacks are provided as a component of this comprehensive program.

The program is free to families who meet certain income guidelines.  For more information and to enroll, call HCESC at 513-674- 4329 or visit


Forest Hills School District 
7946 Beechmont Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45255

Please contact Melissa Buckalew, Coordinator of Teaching and Learning, or 231-3600, ext. 2689 with any concerns.