Programs & Services
740-349-1629 • 119 Union St., Newark 43055


Flying Colors Programs & Services

Flying Colors Public Preschool provides high quality educational experiences for children with disabilities and typically developing children ages 3 to 5. We offer a broad range of services designed for the many educational and social needs of children today.  
Program Service Options:

     Regular Early Childhood classrooms 
          - maximum of 22 students ages 3-5
          - taught by a general education teacher and paraprofessional

     Center based classrooms 
         - maximum of 16 students with 8 students with disabilities and 8 typically developing students
         - taught by a special education teacher and paraprofessionals. 
         - students may receive related services including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy                 and physical therapy

       Itinerant Services
          - special education services can be provided in the regular early childhood classroom, a community                  preschool or day care program or in the home environment

Programming includes:

  • Half-day program; AM or PM session, 
  • Mondays through Thursdays
  • Tuition is based on a sliding fee scale 
We offer a grant provided by the Ohio Department of Education for 4 year old students whose family earns less than two hundred per cent of the federal poverty guidelines. 

Specialized Social Skill Training and School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions
We use a comprehensive system to promote positive behavior and interactions among students and have tiered levels of programs to help children develop social skills.
Autism and Social Communication Services
We provide comprehensive, social-behavioral program for students, ages 2 ½ – 6, who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and/or significant communication and social emotional deficits. Our program uses the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and play therapy to increase children's socialization, communication and attending skills and to decrease inappropriate behaviors. Direct one on one group intervention is provided by staff members who have been trained in ABA, Discrete Trial Therapy, Positive Behavior Support, Relationship-based Intervention and Picture Exchange Communication System. Teaching methods and behavioral strategies are individualized and adjusted regularly to meet the needs of each child. We call this intensive, directive, instruction "IDI".
Our focus is 1) to increase each child's competence, confidence and independence in group and social situations; 2) lay the foundation for each child to become a productive, happy and functioning member of society in an intrinsically fulfilling way and; 3) to capitalize on each child's natural strengths and interests, while teaching new strategies for addressing weaker areas. 

A team of professionals collaborate regularly to ensure that the socialization, play, communication, and behavioral needs of the child are being addressed across both home and school environments. 
Child Find and Comprehensive Evaluations
We are a central contact point in the county for Child Find activities and referrals for children who are suspected of having a disability. Child Find is the process of identifying, locating and evaluating all children from age three to twenty-one who may have a disability and be in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of the disability. 
Our experienced and award-winning staff provide support, answer questions, listen to your concerns and conduct a full, and comprehensive evaluation for children from age 2 and a half to age 5. The evaluation team may include some, if not all of the following individuals: school psychologist, speech/language therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, intervention specialist, school counselor, early education teacher and your school district's representative. We see the parent/guardian as an essential and important member of the evaluation team. 
The team carefully observes a child in play situations and provide their assessments in a written report that is shared with the parent or guardian. If the team agrees that a disability exists, then an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) is customized for the child's needs. At that point, we also determine with the parents the best locations for services to be provided.
Center Based Classrooms
The Intervention Classroom is taught by a licensed Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (Special Education Teacher) with assistance from a paraprofessional. The teacher provides individual and intentional instruction within a fully inclusive setting. While our curriculum is the foundation of instruction, IEP goals and individual students strengths and challenges are specifically addressed. Any therapies are provided within the school setting and as part of the school day. Therapy goals and progress are shared with the classroom staff for "carry-over" in the classroom and home. Since we believe that "all children are more alike than different," enrollment in the classroom includes an equal number of typically developing children. The classrooms are in session mornings and afternoons, Mondays through Thursdays. There is no cost for a child to attend if the child has a current IEP. There is a cost for the typical peer to attend.
The Incredible Years Program®
Selected students may be selected to participate in a social behavioral program called Dinosaur School during school hours to learn socially appropriate behavior and emotional responses to common social situations. A specific evidenced based social skill curriculum is utilized. The skills are carried over to the classroom and "homework" is provided to inform parents and for practice in the home and community. 
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