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Rule 3301-37-03 | Program.


(A) A written philosophy and goals shall give direction to the program and shall provide a basis for daily operation that shall address the needs, interests, and abilities of each child through quiet and active play.

(B) A written curriculum shall be adopted which describes developmentally appropriate activities, learning environment, and approaches which meet the individual needs of the children and is aligned at the domain level to the early learning and development standards adopted by the state board of education.

(C) ) The program's daily schedule for each age group shall include a balance of both quiet and active play, throughout the day which shall meet intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs of each child through indoor and outdoor activities. The written daily schedule shall be reflected in actual observation of the program.

(D) A program serving preschool children for more than five hours per day shall have a nap/rest period reflected in the daily written schedule. Nap/rest periods shall not exceed one and one-half hours.

(E) The program is to comply with rule 5101:2-12-20 of the Administrative Code.

(F) Children's developmental progress shall be reviewed and reported to parent(s) at established intervals. All reporting shall be according to established procedures of the program's governing board. A conference involving the teacher and parent shall be held at least twice a year.

(G) The program shall have on file and provide to each parent a parent handbook that will encourage parental participation and keep parents informed about the program's operations, services and policies, including notifying parents of early and periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment (EPSTD) as well as developmental screening services available under section 619 and Part C of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The handbook shall include information to advise parents how to obtain copies of inspection reports of the program and how to file a complaint.

Last updated July 1, 2021 at 10:33 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: ORC 3301.07, 3301.53, 3301.58
Amplifies: ORC 3301.52 to 3301.59
Five Year Review Date: 7/1/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 8/5/1988, 5/28/2004, 6/25/2009, 7/3/2014