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Preschool Registration Now Open

The ESC of the Western Reserve Preschools in Fairport, Jordak, Ledgemont, Metzenbaum and Perry are now accepting registration for the 2020/21 school year! More +

Our Preschool Team shares a sweet message with their students!

Teachers continue to work from home with our students

Preschool/Early Childhood

The ESC of the Western Reserve provides high quality preschool to any child between the ages of 3-5 throughout both Lake and Geauga Counties. Our preschools are licensed by the Ohio Department of Education and follow a state approved curriculum that is aligned to the Ohio Early Childhood Content Standards. All of our staff are licensed by the Ohio Department of Education and the majority hold a Master's Degree. 
Children are curious about their world and full of wonder making preschool a crucial time of learning. Early childhood education fosters independence and creativity in all areas of learning so that young children may know the true joy of discovery. Through a prepared environment, preschool can offer a broad spectrum of experiences that spark the imagination of children and alert them to the vast possibilities that their world presents. Exploring together with other children provides an opportunity for children to understand their own needs as well as the needs of others.
Our goal is to prepare all children for Kindergarten and we do this by implementing all five developmental domains;
  • fine/gross motor
  • communicative
  • adaptive
  • cognitive
  • social/emotional
In addition to the five developmental domains, we realize the importance of children learning how to compromise, be respectful to others, and problem solve - preschool provides a place where your child can gain a sense of self, explore, play with peers and build confidence.
In order to meet every child's individual needs, we assess every child through a variety of methods including play-based, observation, and parent interviews/questionnaires. In some cases, children need further evaluations and may qualify for specialized services in the areas of occupational, speech/language, or physical therapy. 
Our preschool locations:
  • Fairport Harbor Preschool  
  • Perry Preschool 
  • Jordak Elementary
  • Ledgemont Elementary 
  • Metzenbaum Center 



Early Childhood Coordinator

Dimatteo, Denise
Early Childhood Coordinator
Denise DiMatteo is the Early Childhood Coordinator for the ESC of the Western Reserve. She currently oversees preschool classrooms that are located in both Geauga and Lake counties. 

Denise started her career in education as a school psychologist, where she worked in various school settings within Ashtabula and Cuyahoga counties for fourteen years. She then transitioned to Supervisor of Special Education for six years for the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center. Denise then accepted a position for the Warrensville Heights City Schools as the Special Education/Pupil Services Director for four years before coming to the Lake County ESC in 2015. 

Denise received her B.A. in Psychology from Cleveland State University and her M.S. in School Psychology from Miami University. In addition, Denise obtained her Pupil Personnel Administration License from Cleveland State University.