Chardon Early Learning Center Pre-K, a Step Up to Quality 5-Star Rated Program, was founded on an inclusion philosophy wherein typically developing Tiny Toppers students (also known as "role model" students) are educated together with Tiny Toppers students receiving specialized services.
School districts are mandated by the state of Ohio to provide services to students ages 3-5 who qualify for special education. Chardon Local Schools provides this service through the inclusion philosophy.
A developmental and play-based approach is used in a safe and structured environment that fosters individualized learning and development of our youngest learners while helping them understand that the same things matter to all people — life, goodness and friendship.
Pre-K special education takes place in a student’s least restrictive setting:
- Location of services is based on a student’s level of need
- Some preschool classrooms have a combination of students with & without disabilities
- Maximum of 16 students per classroom
- Other Tiny Toppers preschool classrooms have fewer students:
- Only students with disabilities
- Maximum of 8 students
As of the 2021-22 school year, Tiny Toppers Integrated Preschool continues to increase in enrollment, educating over 100 students!
General Tuition $1,600
Reduced Lunch Eligible $1,200
Free Lunch Eligible $800
Morning & Afternoon School Day Hours
AM: 8:45 am - 11:30 am Monday - Thursday
PM: 12:45 pm - 3:00 pm Monday - Friday
Role model registration requires a $50 non-refundable registration fee.
Tuition assistance is based on eligibility for the free and reduced lunch program. Monthly payment plans are available. Payments may be made by checks made payable to Chardon Local Schools or online, through Infinite Campus. Tuition payments are due by the 5th day of every month.
We look forward to working with you and your student!
Questions? We want to make this a smooth transition for you and your student. Please contact the Chardon Early Learning Center Pre-K program at 440.285.4066 with any questions you may have. Our main office is managed by secretary Lisa Loncar and clerical assistant Dana Shutty.