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About us

The Hamilton City School District  Preschool Program is an Ohio Department of Education licensed and Step Up to Quality 5 Star Rated program.  The program provides free, play-based, developmentally appropriate learning opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment for all children ages three to five years old regardless of ability or need. It is for children residing in the city of Hamilton and is governed by the policies and procedures of the Hamilton City School District as well as those set forth by the Ohio Department of Education


The staff of the Hamilton City School District Preschool Program is certified and participates in continuous Ohio Approved Professional Development each year.  Their professionalism, creativity, and experience combine to make this program a success. Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists are also members of the preschool team. 


General Information

  • Morning or afternoon programs (no full-day sessions available).

  • There is no cost associated with our preschool program. 

  • Five-day program (Monday through Friday).

  • Transportation provided  (restrictions apply).


Hours of Operation  


AM session: 8:45 - 11:40

PM session: 12:40 - 3:35

Ridgeway & Linden 

AM session: 9:00 - 11:55

PM session: 12:55 - 3:50

Bridgeport  & Riverview

 AM session: 9:15 - 12:10

PM session: 1:10 - 4:05


 AM session: 8:30 - 11:25

PM session: 12:25 - 3:20


Enrollment Requirements: 

  • Children must be three years old on or before Aug. 1 during the year they wish to enroll. 

  • Children who are five years old on or before Aug. 1 are not eligible.

  • If your child is eligible for kindergarten, he/she is not eligible for this program.

  • Children must reside within the Hamilton City School District.  We do not accept Open Enrollment for our preschool program.

  • Priority is given to students that are 4 years old.


Registration Information: 

  • Students who are currently attending the preschool program will automatically be enrolled upon the completion of the re-enrollment form which will be available each January. 

  • We are no longer taking applications for the 2019-2020 school year.  The Application for 2020-2021 School year will open February 18, 2020. 

  • Preschool openings are filled using a lottery. Applications for the lottery will be available on this website.




2019-2020 Preschool Handbook 


2019-2020 Preschool Calendar



2019-2020 Preschool Directory