Welcome to Wadsworth City School’s Jump Start Preschool!  Our preschool program is open to children ages 3-5 who live in the Wadsworth City School District.  The program runs four, half days a week.  Students are in session Monday through Thursday either in the morning from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or in the afternoon from 12:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  The program is integrated for students with identified disabilities as well as for typically developing students.

The philosophy of the Jump Start Preschool Program is to provide opportunities for young children with diverse abilities to explore their environment, building new understandings from previously acquired knowledge.  Our role as teachers is to foster curiosity, positive attitudes, and lifelong learning.  We will provide the children with successful experiences that allow them to develop to their full potential physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually.  We will provide diversified opportunities that encourage exploration, inclusion and celebration of various cultures.

Our curriculum, The AEPS, Assessment, Evaluation, Programming System aligns with the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS) through the Ohio Department of Education.  The curriculum, along with the content standards, address all areas of development including social, adaptive, fine motor, gross motor, pre-reading and pre-math skills.  Each child is offered a variety of hands on experiences in order to move through the developmental milestones and ultimately prepare them for kindergarten.  Experiences are offered in large groups, small groups and individual learning opportunities.

The Jump Start Preschool Program is designed with the following goals in mind:

Communication:  To faciliate the development of the child's expressive and receptive language according to the child's individual ability.

Cognitive Skills:  To faciliate the development of the child's ability to understand order, problem solving and logical thinking.

Gross Motor:  To facilitate the development, awareness, and efficient usage of large muscle skills and relationship of body space.

Fine Motor:  To facilitate the development, awareness and efficient usage of fine muscles.

Personal/Social:  To faciliate the development of a good self image, ability to interrelate successfully in a group situation, and acceptance of human differences.

Contact Us

Staff names below will provide a direct e-mail link.

Mrs. Ruedisueli, Preschool Supervisor and School Psychologist

Mrs. Bendel, Itinerant Teacher

Mrs. Fisher, Teacher

Mrs. Thomas, Teacher

Mrs. Whited, Teacher

For more information about our preschool program or how to register, please call our Department of Student Services at 330-335-1316.

Typical Peer Screening for 2020-2021 School Year


Wadsworth City Schools Jump Start Preschool is now scheduling for its annual screening for typically developing peers for the 2020-2021 school year. Screening will consist of two required appointments, occurring on different dates. Children will be screened on skills in the following areas: social, emotional, behavioral, pre-academic (letters, numbers, shapes, etc), attention to task and fine motor (writing, cutting, etc). Children must easily separate from caregivers, follow simple two-step directions, complete adult-directed tasks, and demonstrate age-appropriate language skills. All peers must be toilet-trained and turn three years of age by the first day of school. Screened children must live in the Wadsworth City School District and be accompanied to the screening by a parent/guardian.


Our preschool program consists of half-day morning or afternoon sessions, occurring Mondays through Thursdays. The classrooms consist of both students with identified needs and typically developing peers. 


If you are interested in having your child screened, please call the Department of Student Services at (330) 335-1316 to schedule for January 24, 2020. A second appointment for February 21 will then be made with parents.