Preschool Enrollment Fairs Scheduled For March Cleveland.com You are signed in as Edit Public Profile Sign Out The Plain Dealer Sun News Media Insider Rewards >Solon hosts Open House for "5-Star" preschool at Arthur Road building Updated January 16, 2018 at 11:12 AM; Posted January 15, 2018 at 3:44 PM By Thomas Jewell, special to cleveland.com >There are about 100 children in the Solon preschool program at the Arthur Road building, some of them starting as young as age 3.Solon City Schools SOLON, Ohio --The state award-winning Solon Preschool will host an Open House Thursday evening and Friday morning in the former Arthur Road elementary building. District officials are looking for three-, four- and five-year-old students to be "peer models" in the Solon inclusion preschool program. Interested families need only attend one of the 60-minute sessions. "The Open House will provide information about the overall educational experience for students in this 'Five-Star Step Up to Quality Award' preschool program," said Solon City School District spokeswoman Tamara Strom. There are limited spaces available for the 2018-19 school year at the state-licensed preschool program that follows Ohio's Early Learning and Developmental Standards, featuring: -- State-licensed teachers -- Small class sizes, with a student-adult ratio of 12:2 -- Research-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum -- Indoor and outdoor gross motor areas -- Solon kindergarten preparation There are about 100 children enrolled in this year's "peer model" program, in which preschoolers with varying abilities and disabilities can learn and play alongside each other. "It's the least restrictive and most engaging learning environment for children," Strom said. "They learn from peer models with authentic interaction, rather than trying to simulate." The district received its first five-star rating in 2016 from the Ohio Department of Education and the state Department of Jobs and Family Services, then had it renewed for this school year following an annual state review. "Keeping the highest possible quality rating demonstrates that the Solon Schools Preschool is a learning and development program that exceeds licensing, health and safety standards," an Oct. 9 statement to the Solon school board noted. Any questions about the "Early Childhood Quality Award" will be addressed in the Thursday (Jan. 18) session from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday (Jan. 19) from 10 to 11 a.m. during tours of the preschool, located at 33425 Arthur Road. For more information, contact Solon Preschool Principal Carla Rodenbucher at firstname.lastname@example.org or (440) 349-6214. "Our littlest Comets get their grounding for traditional kindergarten, and then make a smooth transition into their elementary school -- Lewis, Parkside or Roxbury," Strom added. With that in mind, kindergarten registration for fall 2018 begins next month, with an Informational Night starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Solon High School Auditorium. This welcoming event will feature principals and guidance counselors from all three elementaries and an overview of the registration process. Online kindergarten registration opens after that, and families have to complete the process in person on March 7 if their last names begin with A-L, and March 8 for M-Z, both days from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Registration for all three schools is conducted centrally, first online at www.solonschools.org and then families turn in the required documentation. Parents also schedule Kindergarten Screening appointments for their children during the registration process. "Kindergarten enrollment numbers are a key data point for appropriate planning and staffing for next year, so it is critical that parents register their students for kindergarten on those dates in March," Solon school officials noted. Residents are urged to remind friends and neighbors who have children approaching kindergarten age to attend the Information Night and register in March. Students who are not signed up during the March 7-8 registration window are not guaranteed placement in their home school for fall 2018.