About

Essex Preschool is a dedicated preschool facility providing children ages 3-5 with an affordable, structured early learning program and curriculum to set them up for success as they enter kindergarten. Our program integrates typically developing children with those with special needs.

Children who attend preschool are much better prepared than those who do not. Students who attend a structured program prior to entering kindergarten are more inclined to:

  • Follow class rules
  • Follow directions
  • Get along with peers and adults
  • Know their alphabet, colors and other key academic measures
  • Work independently


We offer 3-year-old and Pre-K morning and afternoon sessions, five days a week on the APS calendar. Full-day services may be available for children with specialized needs, such as hearing impairment and autism.

The program is tuition free for qualified families (must provide proof of income). Others pay a nominal fee. All APS preschool teachers hold bachelor’s degrees and are state licensed for preschool. Many hold a master’s degree.

Enrollment and registration:

To enroll, children must be 3 years old by Sept. 30 of the academic year and must live within the APS district boundaries. Special education students are eligible as soon as they turn 3 years old. 

Contact Melissa Milford, 330.873.3396 or access our online registration form.

For children with special needs, contact Janet Willse, 330.873.3396. 

Support services for special education students include:

  • Audio services
  • Occupational and physical therapy
  • Regular visits from an itinerant special education teacher
  • Psychology services
  • Speech/language therapy
  • Transportation


Preschool is also offered at the following schools throughout the district:


For more information:  

Early Learning Program 
330.873.3396
preschool@apslearns.org