Requirements for Pre-School Under the Switch from Days to Hours

2013-14 School Year Guidance Regarding Days of Operation

Preschool Special Education Programs (PSE)

A preschool special education program licensed by ODE must have a school year consistent with Ohio Revised Code 3313.48, and which also meets the minimum of ten hours per week as outlined in the Operating Standards. 

Preschool special education calendars shall be aligned with district calendars to provide for calamity days. Accordingly, a school should make-up calamity days for its special education preschool program whenever it makes up calamity days for other students.

Early Childhood Education Entitlement Programs (ECE)

ECE programs licensed by ODE must provide services for the minimum school year as defined in Ohio Revised Code 3313.48, which is 182 days and also meet the minimum of 12 and ½ hours per week of service.

2014-15 School Year (Days to Hours)

House Bill 59 shifted the operational requirements for school districts from ensuring a specific number of days programs must operate to a specific number of hours of operation, and eliminated calamity days. However, the bill did not include language for pre-kindergarten programs, whether designed for typically developing children or those with disabilities. What follows are the requirements for pre-kindergarten programs funded through the Ohio Department of Education for the 2014-15 school year.

Preschool Special Education Programs (PSE)

The Operating Standards for Agencies serving Children with Disabilities require a minimum of 10 hours per week of specially designed instruction for children attending center-based programs and a minimum of one hour per week of consultative/direct services for those children served by itinerant teachers. Beginning in the 2014-15 school-years, these hourly requirements will continue to be met by providing center-based or itinerant programs for a minimum of 36 weeks per school year.

Early Childhood Education Entitlement Programs

Any preschool or daycare provider participating in the Early Childhood Education program created by H.B. 59 is required to have a schedule of at least 12 and ½ hours per week.  This schedule is equivalent to part-time kindergarten, which equals 455 hours per year under Ohio Revised Code 3313.48.

Early Childhood Education Entitlement program calendars shall provide services for a standard school year of at least 36 weeks and for at least 455 hours per year.  Early Childhood Education Entitlement programs must make up hours lost if the amount of services provided will fall below 455 hours.  

Last Modified: 5/27/2014 9:52:13 AM