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Preschool Staff

Ellen Zimmer

Director of Early Childhood Education

Becky Koch

Administrative Assistant, Early Childhood/Preschool

Michele Simpson

Academic Program Consultant, Public/Non-Public Education

Early Childhood & Preschool

Welcome to the Kenton County School District and the Kenton County 5 Star Preschool Program.  Partnerships with parents are the key to establishing a program that wraps around the child allowing for learning support in both the home and the school  environments and as a result increased student achievement!  We are committed to working with you to build skills through developmentally appropriate activities preparing your child for their next step in education! 


The family must reside in the Kenton County School District in order to attend the preschool program.  The program is available at no cost to the family (other than lunch fees if the child is not free lunch eligible).

The Kenton County Preschool Program is an enriching program serving children who meet eligibility criteria as defined by the Kentucky Department of Education.  The preschool program is available to

  •  Four-year-old children who are income eligible, 160% poverty level. 
  • Three and four-year-old children with an educational disability due to delays in their development, regardless of income.  

Click here if you would like to be contacted by a member of our staff.

How is your child developing? (Click the images below to enlarge.)


Developmental Milestones by Age


Development Milestones


Speech Sound Development by Age


Speech Sound Development

Preschool classrooms are located all eleven elementary schools in the Kenton County School District.  Each classroom is staffed with a certified teacher and a teaching assistant. The majority of current preschool teachers are Master’s level teachers with an Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) teaching certificate.  All teaching assistants in the preschool program have completed curriculum training and receive ongoing professional development.

Children attend the preschool program five full days a week. Bus transportation is provided within the student's home school enrollment area.  All preschool children eat lunch as part of the daily routine.   The teachers conduct two home visits to each preschool family during the course of each year.  This provides an excellent opportunity for families to gain direct information about child development and how their child is doing in preschool.  Family involvement is strongly encouraged.

If you have any questions, please contact the Preschool Office  859-957-2632 or click to complete the Contact Form requesting a return call or email.