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How to Register Your Child in Preschool

Preschool registration - for both magnet and neighborhood schools - is handled only at three hub schools located around the Cincinnati Public School District.

Where to Go to Register for Preschool - Preschool Registration Hubs

CPS' three Preschool Registration Hubs are open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.  No appointment is necessary. Parents are asked to go only to the hubs for preschool registration, not to the schools or to the CPS Education Center.  Each hub handles specific schools, but parents may go to any one of the three hubs that is convenient.

  • Hub 1 - Rising Stars Academy at Vine
  • Hub 2 - LEAP Academy
  • Hub 3 - Rising Stars Academy at Carthage School

Preschool Registration Hubs addresses:  School Finder

Hub 1 — Rising Stars Academy at Vine Hub 2 — LEAP Academy Hub 3 — Rising Starts Academy at Carthage 
Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies (AMIS) Carson Bond Hill
Academy of World Languages (AWL) Cheviot Carthage
Clifton Area Neighborhood School (CANS) - Rising Stars
Academy - Vine
Gamble preschool

Chase

Dater Montessori LEAP - Language Enrichment & Academic Proficiency College Hill
Fairview-Clifton at Rising Stars Academy - Vine Midway Douglass
Hays-Porter Oyler Evanston
North Avondale Montessori Rees E. Price Mt. Airy
Parker Woods Montessori Rising Stars Academy - Ezzard Charles Mt. Washington
Pleasant Ridge Montessori Rising Stars Academy - Westwood J. P. Parker
Rising Stars Academy - Vine Roberts Pleasant Hill
Rothenberg Roll Hill Rockdale
Sands Montessori Sayler Park Roselawn Condon
W. H. Taft Elementary Ethel M. Taylor Silverton
  Westwood South Avondale
    Winton Hills
    Woodford

Translations - Hub Chart and What to Bring to Register in Preschool

What to Bring

Preschool Qualifications

Information Required for Preschool Registration 

A parent must bring the following documentation when registrating for preschool. The registration process into preschool will not begin until all required documents are received.

  • CPS Student Registration Information Form  (filled out)
  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Child’s Shot Record (immunizations)
  • Proof of Health Insurance - Medical and Dental (if the family has insurance)
  • Parent or Guardian Identification (valid photo ID)
  • Proof of Family’s Income (within the last 30 days)
  • Medical Exam of Child or a well-child check (within past 12 months)
  • Dental Exam (good for 12 months)
  • Health Plans - for allergies, asthma, etc.
  • Proof of Address (Residency) — Select one item from this list:
    • Homeowner’s Deed — print from Hamilton County Auditor’s website
    • Homeowner’s / Renter’s Insurance Statement (dated within last 12 months)
    • Gas, Electric or Water Bill, or any non-cable utility bill (dated within past 30 days)
    • Property Tax Statement (dated within last 12 months and addressed to parent at the residence)    
    • Mortgage Statement (dated within past 30 days and addressed to parent at the residence)    
    • Federal or Ohio tax return (dated within past 12 months)
    • Rental Agreement (current and signed by both landlord and tenant, and including landlord’s contact information)
    • Any piece of mail dated within past 30 days from federal, state or local government (such as Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services, Social Security, Child Support Enforcement Agency, etc.)
    • Construction Contract (including sworn statement describing location of the house to be built and stating parent’s intention to reside there upon completion)    

Note:  If none of the listed proof-of-residency items above are available, CPS accepts Parent Residency and Property Owner Affidavits, which are available through CPS’ Customer Care Center: (513) 363-0123.  CPS does not accept any other notarized statements as proof of residency.

Immunizations

A copy of the child's immunization record must be in the child's preschool file.

Required Shots

Tuition

Families must pay tuition for preschool or be income eligible for reduced rates. 

Tuition (2019-20) -  Deposits are due, and must be paid, at registration.

  • $3,700 per school year for half-day preschool  ($500 deposit and 8 monthly payments of $400)
  • $7,000 per school year for full-day preschool ($800 deposit and 8 monthly payments of $775)

For families whose incomes place them at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, various grants may be applied to assist with free or reduced tuition.    

Neighborhood School Preschool Registration 

Parents may register a child into their assigned neighborhood elementary school at any time by visiting the Preschool Registration Hub assigned to that school to submit required documents and the completed CPS Student Registration Information Form. Students eligible for preschool at a neighborhood school follow the enrollment guidelines for Neighborhood Schools. Children must be 3 years old to attend preschool.

Youngsters who have siblings already enrolled in a neighborhood school may apply to that school's preschool program early for the upcoming school year.

Magnet School Preschool Application and Registration 

Applications to magnet school preschools are submitted online during the annual magnet application period.  All eligible preschool students are put on waiting lists and sent a letter, pending a review of the application by CPS' Early Childhood Department.  Registration to enroll your child does not mean your child has been accepted into a magnet preschool.

Age Requirements

  • Applicants to magnet school preschools must be age 3 or 4 by September 30.
  • Children who turn 5 by September 30 and are age-eligilbe for kindergarten should apply to kindergarten.

A child accepted into a magnet preschool who lives within CPS' district boundaries may stay in that magnet school for higher grades without reapplying.

Families who live outside CPS' boundaries (Open Enrollment students) with children in CPS preschools must reapply for kindergarten.

Magnet Preschools

West —

  • Dater Montessori School (preschool to grade 6)
  • L.E.A.P Academy (preschool to grade 4)
  • Parker Woods Montessori School (preschool to grade 6)
  • Roberts Paideia Academy (preschool to grade 8)

East —

  • North Avondale Montessori School (preschool to grade 6)
  • Sands Montessori School (preschool to grade 6)
  • Silverton Paideia Academy (preschool to grade 6)
  • Woodford Paideia Academy (preschool to grade 6)

Citywide —

  • Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies (AMIS) (preschool to grade 8)
  • Academy of World Languages (AWL) (preschool to grade 8)
  • Fairview-Clifton German Language School (preschool to grade 6)
  • William H. Taft School (preschool to grade 6)

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