Mission, Vision & Philosophy

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Mission, Vision & Philosophy

Early Childhood Mission, Vision & Philosophy

Orange Early Childhood’s Mission
Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing and engaging early learning environment that effectively supports the diverse needs of children and families in our community and creates a foundation for children to be able to enter Kindergarten as a lifelong learner and a critically-thinking citizen.
Orange Early Childhood’s Vision
Orange Early Childhood will become a nationally recognized program known for providing excellence through early learning experiences to young children in our community.
Orange Early Childhood’s Philosophy
  • Play is the work of children.
  • The safety and overall well-being of each child is our first priority.
  • The classroom environment should be safe, nurturing and engaging.
  • Children can be guided to develop self-control by learning to manage their bodies and emotions.
  • The learning materials that we choose should be developmentally appropriate, open-ended and free of bias.
  • The curriculum should meet the needs of all learners, including those with special needs and those that speak English as a second language.
  • Learning experiences should be individualized to each child’s specific needs and development.
  • The role of the teacher is to be a facilitative guide to help children meet developmentally appropriate milestones through inspired learning.
  • Teachers and families should work together as partners in both teaching and assessing children.
  • Children learn best in social settings with hands-on, meaningful and constructive learning experiences.
  • Learning experiences are most meaningful when the development, experiences, interests and culture of each individual child is taken into consideration.
  • Learning experiences should be a balance of whole group, small group or individual teacher and child-directed activities.
  • Children should be assessed on an ongoing basis using a variety of evidence-based methods to determine if they are appropriately meeting curricular objectives.
  • Our curriculum should address all areas of children’s development: physical, social/emotional, language & communication and cognitive.
  • Everything we do should have a purpose and be grounded in best practices for early childhood education.
  • All learning experiences should be aligned to Ohio’s Early Learning & Development Standards to ensure that children are fully prepared for Kindergarten.

Registration Information
For more information about the Orange Early Childhood Preschool, to schedule a tour, or to discuss any questions about your child’s readiness for preschool, please call Early Childhood Coordinator Maria Hill at (216) 831-8601 x 5402, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm.


Early Childhood Coordinator 
(216) 831.8601 x 5624
Fax (216) 831.3750
[email protected] 

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year begins Monday, January 31 at 8 am for district resident families not currently enrolled and Friday, February 14 at 8 am for non-district families. Enrollment is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. We utilize a wait list and do accept from that list when possible.
All registration is done online through our easy-to-use, safe and secure Eleyo software.  Please view this document and follow the directions to begin registration.  Registration takes about 15 - 20 minutes and will need to be completed at one time.
There is a $100 non-refundable registration fee, paid when your child is officially enrolled.  
immediately after completing registration online and BEFORE your child can be accepted into the program, parents must mail, email or drop-off: 
  • Current month's utility bill to serve as proof of residency 
  • Copy of your child's birth certificate
Prior to the beginning of the school year, parents must also provide the following forms:
 If you have any questions, please contact Early Childhood at (216) 831-8601.
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