Last Updated: 1/31/2023 5:07 PM

The application and the waiting list for the 2022/2023 school year are closed.  

To apply for the 2023-2024 Preschool Lottery click the link below:
The application for the preschool lottery will be available from February 21, 2023, through March 7, 2023.
Beginning March 8, 2023, a waiting list will be availabl

Para solicitar la Lotería Preescolar 2023-2024, haga clic en el siguiente enlace.
La solicitud para la lotería preescolar estará disponible del 21 de Febrero de 2023 al 7 de Marzo de 2023.
A partir del 8 de Marzo de 2023 estará disponible una lista de espera.


step up preschool class

About us

The Hamilton City School District  Preschool Program is an Ohio Department of Education licensed and Step Up to Quality 5 Star Rated program.  The program provides free, play-based, developmentally appropriate learning opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment for all children ages three to five years old regardless of ability or need. It is for children residing in the city of Hamilton and is governed by the policies and procedures of the Hamilton City School District as well as those set forth by the Ohio Department of Education

The staff of the Hamilton City School District Preschool Program is certified and participates in continuous Ohio Approved Professional Development each year.  Their professionalism, creativity, and experience combine to make this program a success. Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists are also members of the preschool team. 

General Information

  • Morning or afternoon programs (no full-day sessions available).

  • There is no cost associated with our preschool program. 

  • Four-day program (Monday through Thursday).

  • Transportation provided  (restrictions apply).

Hours of Operation  


AM session: 8:45 - 11:40

PM session: 12:40 - 3:35

Ridgeway & Linden 

AM session: 9:00 - 11:55

PM session: 12:55 - 3:50

Bridgeport  & Riverview

 AM session: 9:15- 12:10

PM session: 1:10 - 4:05


 AM session: 8:30 - 11:25

PM session: 12:25 - 3:20

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Children must be three years old on or before Aug. 1 during the year they wish to enroll. 

  • Children who are five years old on or before Aug. 1 are not eligible.

  • If your child is eligible for kindergarten, he/she is not eligible for this program.

  • Children must reside within the Hamilton City School District.  We do not accept Open Enrollment for our preschool program.

  • Priority is given to students that are 4 years old.

Registration Information: 

  • Students who are currently attending the preschool program will automatically be enrolled upon the completion of the re-enrollment form which will be available each January. 

  • We are no longer taking applications for the 2022-2023 school year.  

  • The Application for the 2023-2024 School year will be open from February 1st through March 4th. 

  • Preschool openings are filled using a lottery

Special Education Preschool: 

  • All classrooms are taught by an Intervention Specialist
  • We offer Integrated Preschool classrooms and Special Education Resource Classrooms
  • Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy is offered to eligible students in all of our classrooms
  • If you have questions or concerns about your child’s developmental or are interested in a developmental screening, please contact on of our Preschool Psychologists.

               Kerry Atkinson (
               Connie Bittner ( 



Sarah Burdette

Principal of Preschool Programs

The Miami School

Hamilton City Schools

513-887-5024 ext. 2341


Contact Info: 
140 Ross Avenue, Hamilton, OH 45013 
(513) 887-5024