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    The following is a public statement that I and 15 Superintendents in our First Ring Schools Collaborative of districts around Cleveland feel is necessary to make regarding the injustices that have occurred and continue to occur across our Country and our commitment to ALL do better.  I stand firmly behind these commitments and I hope you will do the same.

    -Dr. Charles T. Keenan, Superintendent





    June 2, 2020

    A collective of superintendents that serve communities that border Cleveland, Ohio, the First Ring Schools Collaborative seeks to improve the education of our students so that they can experience life-long success.  We draw on our collective strength to collaborate, problem-solve and advocate for our school communities.

    Recent events in America have been a devastating reminder of the obstacles that our students, particularly our African American students, face.  Acts of violence against George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor underscore the intransigent problem of race and discrimination that continue to cripple the progress and spirit of our country. 

    We condemn these acts and join the chorus of voices across the public and private sector that are demanding systemic change to address the brutal acts of violence against Black and Brown people in America.  Each of these acts is an assault not only on the individuals, their families and communities, they are also an assault on the soul of our country and the ideals that we seek to instill in our students.  Our hearts weep for the families of the victims.  Our hearts are heavy knowing that our students are profoundly affected by what we are all experiencing.

    The First Ring Schools Collaborative remains committed to ensuring that barriers are eliminated in order to assure all of our students receive the resources and support that they need to succeed at the highest levels as they matriculate through our school systems. We will continue to work in concert to identify and dismantle systems in Ohio that are an obstacle to our students' success.

    Advancing Education Together,
    Tracy Wheeler, Superintendent, Berea City Schools
    Andrea Celico, Superintendent, Bedford City Schools
    ark Gleichauf, Superintendent, Brooklyn City Schools
    Liz Kirby, Superintendent, Cleveland Heights University Heights City Schools
    Eric Gordon, Superintendent, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
    Tom Evans, Superintendent, Cuyahoga Heights City Schools
    Christopher Papouras, Superintendent, Euclid City Schools
    Bill Wagner, Superintendent, Fairview Park City Schools
    Chris Hanke, Superintendent, Garfield Heights City Schools
    Mike Barnes, Superintendent, Lakewood City Schools
    Charlie Keenan, Superintendent, Maple Heights City Schools
    Charlie Smialek, Superintendent, Parma City Schools
    Renee Willis, Superintendent, Richmond Heights City Schools
    David Glasner, Superintendent, Shaker Heights City Schools
    Linda Reid, Superintendent, South Euclid Lyndhurst City Schools
    Donald Jolly, Superintendent, Warrensville Heights City Schools

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Preschool Program

Last Updated: 3/20/2019 4:53 PM

for the 2019-2020 School Year

Attention all parents of preschool age children!!

We will begin on Monday, April 29, 2019, accepting preschool applications for all regular education preschoolers for the 2019-20 school year.  We currently offer a 1/2 day ECE Program and a full-day tuition based UPK Program.  You can apply by downloading a 1/2 day preschool application and enrollment packet and/or full-day tuition based preschool enrollment packet (see below).  All applications/enrollment packets have to be submitted to the Curriculum Department with all the necessary documentation, reviewed and accepted before you can enroll your child in the program. 

*1/2 day Program: Your child needs to be 4 years old by September 30, 2019, to qualify for the program.

>1/2 day packet and enrollment packet 


*Full-day Tuition Program:  Your child can be 3, 4, or 5 years old as long as they do not qualify for kindergarten.

>Full day packet


If you have any further questions, please contact the Curriculum Department at 216-587-6100, ext. 3401.

Information for the 2019-2020 Full-day Tuition Program.



Information for the 2019-2020 1/2 day ECE Program follows.

If you are interested in having your child attend our preschool program, please refer to the following eligibility requirements:

Enrolling your child in the preschool program is a two step process. Step one, you must complete the application form and return it with the required documentation. A copy of your child’s birth certificate and social security card, a copy of your current W-2 or pay stubs, along with the completed physical and immunization forms are required with your application. It will then be submitted to the Curriculum Office and reviewed. Step two, when your application is accepted, you will be contacted and instructed to schedule an appointment with the Curriculum Office to enroll your child. Letters will be sent to those applicants that have been denied.

Age Eligibility: Children eligible to enroll in the 1/2 day ECE Program must be four years of age by September 30, 2019 and not eligible for kindergarten. Children five (5) years of age before September 30, 2019 are considered age-eligible for Kindergarten and cannot be accepted into the preschool program. A copy of your child’s birth certificate must be provided when you submit your application.

Income Eligibility: Children from families whose income is at 100% of the federal poverty level or below may attend tuition-free (please refer to guidelines that are a part of preshool application packet). Children from families whose income is between 101% and 200% of the federal poverty level may attend on a prorated tuition basis (sliding scale fee information). A copy of your current W-2 or pay stubs will need to be provided when you submit your application. Priority is also given to those children who will be enrolling in Kindergarten in the Fall 2020. Please note that if your income exceeds the 200% level on the poverty guideline chart you cannot be accepted into this program.

Transportation: The program is held at Abraham Lincoln School There are two sessions, the a.m. session is 9:00-11:30 a.m. and p.m. session is 1:15– 3:30 p.m. Parents cannot select their preferred session and transportation is the responsibility of the parent. Students who are not picked up promptly and left past the designated times will be removed from the program.

Enrollment: Our regular education preschool can accept 43 children that reside in the Maple Heights. Children not accepted at this time will be placed on a waiting list and notified in the event of a vacancy in the program. Vacancies are filled throughout the year as they may occur and will be filled with the following considerations in mind: income level, age, residence, placement on the waiting list and other relevant factors. Parents will receive notification when an opening becomes available for their child. Our preschool program is designed to give students a head start into kindergarten. Therefore, children will be expected to attend on a regular basis. Students who are absent for 10 consecutive, unexcused days or 20 unexcused days within a quarter, will be removed from the program. Special needs preschoolers will need to enroll for preschool through our Special Pupils Services office located at Maple Heights Board of Education (5740 Lawn Avenue). They can be contacted at 216.587.6100, ext. 3601.

Applications cannot be processed without proof of income. Proof of income MUST be attached to the application and the form must be signed before it will be considered. Proof of income is confidential information and is used only to verify eligibility and tuition fees. You have the right to waive your income verification; however, this is not recommended unless you are certain your family’s gross income exceeds the 200% poverty guidelines. Waiving your income will not ensure your child’s acceptance into the program.

Tuition/Fee: Tuition is required for those families over 100% of the poverty guidelines. The program has a slidng fee scale. Tuition is expected to be paid monthly, September through May. Tuition may be paid via E-Z pay (online).  Personal checks will not be accepted. Tuition not paid in a timely manner will result in the discontinuation of your child from the program.

*Upon acceptance into the program, the next step would be to complete the formal enrollment process in our district.*

If you are interested in applying, please complete and return the application, along with proof of income form signed to Jamie Milne at 5740 Lawn Avenue, Maple Heights, 44137. The Program can only accept 43 eligible students, therefore, please return your application at your earliest convenience.  ONLY COMPLETED APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED, incomplete applications will be returned and the student will not be placed on the waiting list until we receive the requested documentation.  Once eligible students are chosen, you will receive a letter regarding the status of your application.

For further information contact Jamie Milne at 587-6100, ext. 3401 or
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