Little Comets PreSchool

All students are capable of learning when given a learning environment that is nurturing, educationally challenging and dedicated to promoting the social, emotional, and academic needs of the students. Our program encourages the family, school, and community to be a part of the learning process.

The Little Comets Preschool classes run Tuesday through Friday. Morning preschool is from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the afternoon preschool is from 12:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.

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Meet Our Director

Welcome! My name is Ryan Coleman and this is my first year as Director of the Little Comets Preschool. I was the principal of Amherst Junior High School for seven amazing years! I am a graduate of Amherst and attended the Amherst Schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. I feel very fortunate to be in a position where I can help Amherst continue to be a wonderful community and successful school district.

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Preschool Information and Documents

Arrival and Dismissal Information

AM classes are from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Parents may begin dropping off their students at 8:45 a.m. and instruction will begin at 9:00 a.m. Parents can park at the high school or on Washington St. and walk their child to the Preschool Door at the north side of the building, behind the modular classrooms. Dismissal will take place at the same door at 11:30.


PM classes are are from 12:30 - 3:10 p.m.

Parents may begin dropping off their students at 12:20 and instruction will begin at 12:30. Parents can park at the high school or on Washington St. and walk their child to the Preschool Door at the north side of the building, behind the modular classrooms. Dismissal will take place at the same door at 3:10.

Child Development

Early Learning Assessment

Eligibility for Special Education Services

The Amherst Schools provide preschool special education services to children ages 3 through 5 who experience a developmental delay or disability. When a disability is suspected, referral can be made to the Amherst school district for a multifactored evaluation to be conducted by the preschool assessment team. This team usually consists of the school psychologist, preschool special education teacher, and speech therapist.

General Information

Little Comets Preschool serves children ages 3 through 5 years old. The preschool is located within Nord Middle School. The classrooms are designed to meet the needs of all children. Each teacher can serve up to 8 children with developmental delays along with 8 typically developing 4 and 5 year old children (peer models). Each classroom has a classroom aide to assist during all activities. Classes are held Tuesday through Friday, AM and PM, for a minimum of 2 ½ hours each day. Mondays are currently used for conferences, assessment, inservice, and team meetings. Little Comets Preschool generally follows the Amherst Schools board adopted calendar.

Students are taught through a developmentally appropriate and multi-sensory curriculum aligned with the State of Ohio’s pre-kindergarten content standards. A typical preschool day includes fine and gross motor activities, language arts, math, writing center activities, playtime, snack, circle time (calendar, weather, music, & stories) and small group activities for more individualized instruction.

The program is licensed and monitored by the Ohio Department of Education division of early childhood. Classroom teachers are required to have a valid teaching license in the state of Ohio. Teachers and related staff are required to participate in ongoing professional development on a yearly basis and have a medical exam every 3 years.

Peer Model Information

Peer Models are children without delays or disabilities who are age 4 or 5 who are integrated and participate along with the special needs students in the preschool program. Peer Models will be exposed to cognitive, language, physical, and self-help development while developing peer relationships which are important for the social and cognitive development of every child. While benefiting from the preschool experience, these children provide peer interaction and social motivation for the preschoolers with special needs. All children learn, not only from adults, but from watching and interacting with other children. Peer Models must be 4 years old by August 1 for the year of participation. Participation as a peer is tuition-based. Transportation to and from school must be provided by the parent or guardian of a peer model. Peer Models must be toilet trained.

Preschool Pre-Registration /Application for 2017-2018

Preschool Supply List

Student and Parent Handbook

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Upcoming Events

Preschool Staff

Kelly Baon

Kelly Baon

Titles: Teacher
Locations: Powers Elementary School
Departments: Preschool
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (440) 988-1657
Website (Personal): https://goo.gl/cLwMVJ
Ryan Coleman

Ryan Coleman

Titles: Preschool Director
Locations: Powers Elementary School
Departments: School Administration, Preschool
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (440) 988-1907
Ember Kucirek

Ember Kucirek

Titles: Teacher Aide
Locations: Powers Elementary School
Departments: Preschool
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (440) 988-1432
Jodi Magers

Jodi Magers

Titles: Teacher
Locations: Powers Elementary School
Departments: Preschool
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (440) 988-1658
Rebecca McArthur

Rebecca McArthur

Titles: Teacher
Locations: Powers Elementary School
Departments: Preschool
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (440) 988-1432
Courtney McMullen

Courtney McMullen

Titles: Speech/Language Pathologist
Locations: Powers Elementary School
Departments: Special Education, Preschool
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (440) 988-1437
Beth Naro

Beth Naro

Titles: Itinerant Teacher
Locations: Powers Elementary School
Departments: Preschool
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (440) 988-1657
Julie Peltz

Julie Peltz

Titles: Preschool Aide
Locations: Powers Elementary School
Departments: Special Education, Preschool
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (440) 988-1657
Kristi Perna

Kristi Perna

Titles: Teacher Aide
Locations: Powers Elementary School
Departments: Special Education, Preschool
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (440) 988-1657
Julie Swift

Julie Swift

Titles: Preschool Teachers Aide
Locations: Powers Elementary School
Departments: Preschool
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (440) 988-1658