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The ESC of the Western Reserve Preschools in Fairport, Jordak, Ledgemont, Metzenbaum and Perry are now accepting registration for the 2020/21 school year! 
Our Preschool Team shares a sweet message with their students!


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Teachers continue to work from home with our students
April Tuition Update

Education Service Center of the Western Reserve

RE: April Preschool Tuition Update  


Dear ESCWR Preschool Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked through tuition for the remainder of March. I appreciate all of your feedback during this most difficult of circumstances.

Now that Governor DeWine has extended the school closure until May 1st, we reviewed tuition for the month of April. While our goal is for our teachers to continue to provide resources and support to all of our preschool students, we are also very aware of the financial hardship many of our families are experiencing during this present pandemic.  We also have to consider the possibility of staffing changes or reductions since we rely on tuition to pay our teachers and educational aides salaries.

After consulting with the Offices of the Treasurer, Superintendent, and Human Resources of the ESC of the Western Reserve, the decision has been made to waive tuition for the month of April. We will wait to make a determination regarding the scheduled May tuition as it will be based upon updated school closure orders from Governor DeWine.

Our teachers will continue to communicate with you and provide educational support to all of our preschool students.

I will also continue to communicate with you regarding any further information or updates. I appreciate your continued understanding and support as we work together to find our way through this challenge. 

Thank you for your patience during this time. Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.



Denise DiMatteo 

Early Childhood Coordinator 

ESC of the Western Reserve 

[email protected] 

Preschool tuition update

March 26th 2020 

Dear Parents,

We know many of you have concerns regarding tuition during this uncertain time. Currently, per the Offices of the Treasurer and the Superintendent of the ESC of the Western Reserve, we are asking families within our preschool programs to make their payment for March as usual.

Please remember that your tuition is a full year payment broken into 9 monthly payments to assist families from making one large payment at the beginning of the preschool year. This means that your March payment is not just for this month, it is part of a whole payment plan.

During the recent weeks while schools have been closed, teachers made available to you distance learning packets, activity suggestions and online resources. Teachers were readily available to assist you and your child by phone, email, text, as well as offering on-line contact through Remind and Class Dojo depending on the preschool program your child attends.

In the event schools remain closed for an extended period, we are making plans for teachers and other service providers to be able to provide more face to face time with you and your child.

As we receive information from Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Education, we will continue to notify you and post information on our website at under the Preschool tab. Should your contact information change during this time please update us at the email below.

Thank you for your patience during this time.



Denise DiMatteo

Early Childhood Coordinator

ESC of the Western Reserve

[email protected]

School Closure Information

Dear parents,

As you are aware Governor Mike DeWine mandated closure of all Ohio schools as a precautionary measure to prevent the increasing spread of Coronavirus COVID-19. This mandate applies to all preschool programs licensed through the Ohio Department of Education as well as those preschool programs run by Educational Service Centers. As a result, the following ESC of the Western Reserve preschool programs will be closed, beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3, 2020: Perry, Fairport Harbor, Metzenbaum Center (including Twinkle), Jordack, and Ledgemont.
School personnel will report on Monday to finalize our learning plan. While our responsibility is to maintain continuity of instruction for our preschool students, we understand that this is an unprecedented time in education. We plan to support our families by providing developmentally appropriate resources and activities you can do with your child to help maintain their skills over the next
few weeks.
Your child’s teacher will be contacting you through their usual method of communication to provide you with these resources. Each program will follow their Spring break as planned so teachers will not be available during that week. They will be available the 2 weeks of the district school closures during regular school hours by phone or email to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your child.
One of the best things you can do during the next few weeks is read with your child every day. Look for ways to turn everyday activities into learning experiences. Just enjoy your child and make learning fun. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Thank you,
Denise DiMatteo
Preschool Supervisor
ESC of the Western Reserve
[email protected]
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.
Contact Information
Early Childhood Coordinator:
Denise Dimatteo
Email Address: [email protected]
Phone: 440-251-1244 
Early Childhood Assistant:
Amy Palker
Email Address: [email protected] 
Phone: 440-350-2563 ext. 734 
Fax Number: 440-352-6066
online payment center
Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve

8221 Auburn Road, Concord Township, Ohio 44077
Phone: 440.350.2563
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