• Preschool



    CMSD's Preschool Philosophy

    CMSD Step Up To Quality Preschools 

    Cleveland Metropolitan School District believes that children’s learning is enhanced through play and developmentally appropriate learning experiences. Our preschool programs provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes a community of learners.

    Our preschool program prepares students for kindergarten by providing a strong foundation of early literacy, social-emotional and math skills. Our program implements a developmentally appropriate curriculum that is aligned to the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning and Developmental Standards: physical well-being and motor development, cognition and general knowledge, language and literacy development, approaches toward learning and social and emotional development.

    Preschool Enrollment Instructions:

    CMSD's general education preschool program is currently enrolling four-year-old students for the 22-23 school year. Students must be four years old by September 30, 2022 and potty trained. 

    Step 1:  Click on Preschool Enrollment Page to view the list of preschool programs 

    Step 2:  Click on the CMSD Logo icon above the school of choice, then select your school of choice, and review the required documents

    Step 3:  Submit Enrollment Documents: 

    Choice 1: Parents or guardians can submit enrollment documents to the Preschool Enrollment Page 

    Choice 2: Parents or guardians can bring enrollment documents to your school of interest

    Choice 3: Parents or guardians can make an appointment with our district office at:   Schedule an appointment here 

    Step 4:  Once all of the required documents are submitted and your child is registered in PowerSchool, a staff member from the school will contact you to schedule a Parent Orientation with the classroom teacher.                       

    Enrollment Support:

    • Call: 216-838-0110
    • Email: cmsdenroll@clevelandmetroschools.org


    Preschool Special Education Assessment Clinic 

    Please contact the Preschool Special Education Department if you have concerns regarding your child's development or your child has a preschool IEP or ETR.

    General Preschool Information:
    • CMSD's general classrooms are free full-day programs that follow the Cleveland Metropolitan School District's Calendar.
    • CMSD does not provide transportation for general education preschool students.
    • CMSD does not provide before or after-school care programs.
    • Parents or guardians must sign their child in at the beginning of the school day and at the end of the school day. Preschool students can only be dropped off and picked up by an approved adult who is eighteen years or older. 
    • Preschool students must be Cleveland residents.
    • Preschool students are enrolled based on their residential zip code. Preschool students that have siblings in K-12 may enroll out of their residential zip code. 



    Preschool Parent Handbook
    Preschool Parent Handbook