Welcome to the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West Early Childhood award-winning program operated in collaboration with your local school system.

We offer a developmentally appropriate preschool program for young children who have delayed development, are “at-risk” for academic difficulties, or are “typically” developing.” Our curriculum is language based and focuses on play and hands-on experiential learning. Teachers assist your child in the development of cognitive skills, social and emotional development, and physical development through active learning.

We believe the educational demands of a contemporary society can best be met through the cooperative services offered by the staff of the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West. This will be accomplished in concert with local school personnel in the most economic and efficient manner possible in order to provide richer and broader educational horizons and to encourage the development of responsible citizens. A major responsibility of education is to meet the individual needs of students at an instructional level at which they can be successful in order to build self-esteem and feelings of genuine self-worth. The board will direct its staff to carry out those activities required by the State Board of Education.

Click here for a schedule of our fees.


ESC of Lake Erie West preschools have received a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the state of Ohio. The five star rated programs are located at Union Elementary (serving Maumee Schools and Perrysburg Schools); Waterville Elementary (serving Anthony Wayne Schools) and Dorr Elementary (serving Springfield Schools).  The program at the Westwood Learning Center is scheduled for evaluation in 2016-2017. The award is given in recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of young children.

Step Up To Quality is a rating system that awards one to five stars to learning and development programs that go above and beyond minimum licensing standards. Star-rated programs lay the foundation for children’s learning and development and build skills that are important for success in school and in life.

Programs with star ratings:

  • Have highly trained teachers,
  • Have lower staff/child ratios,
  • Use child assessment results to plan activities that best support learning and development goals for each child,
  • Share assessment results and create goals for children,
  • Develop plans to support children as they transition to a new classroom or educational setting,
  • Work with other organizations or businesses within the community to support children and their families, and
  • Use input from families and community partners’ to inform the program’s continuous improvement process.

Research confirms that the first five years of a child’s life has a direct impact on how children develop emotional well-being, in addition to, learning and social skills.  For these reasons, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education are committed to improving early childhood opportunities for all children in the state. 

To learn more, visit www.earlychildhoodohio.org.

A Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with a disability who is available to help parents of a child suspected of or diagnosed with a disability. The Parent Mentor provides training, support, and information services to help families and educators communicate effectively to ensure that students with disabilities receive a meaningful and appropriate education.

Services provided by the Parent Mentor include guiding families through the special education process, attending meetings with families to offer support, and helping to build collaborative partnerships between families and schools. Our parent education program also provides a lending library with resources for families to borrow on a variety of topics related to disabilities and special education. All services are provided to families free of charge.

Parent Mentor Brochure

Overview Presentation - download - (.ppsx file)

Please contact our Parent Mentor if you have any questions or need support. She has been through the process and can help!


Wendy Smenner, Parent Mentor
Telephone: 419.214.3066
Email: wsmenner@esclakeeriewest.org

The Parent Mentor also collaborates with community agencies to organize and support trainings that may be of interest to parents.

Parent Trainings are offered in collaboration with the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities.

Please contact our Parent Mentor if you have any questions or need support. Contact:

Wendy Smenner, Parent Mentor
Telephone: 419.214.3066
Email: wsmenner@esclakeeriewest.org

One program supported by the Parent Mentor is the Sibshop Program. This program is focused on siblings of children with disabilities who are ages 9-16. Sibshops are lively, action-packed workshops that celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, for others a not-so-good things, and for many, somewhere in between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another- if they are given a chance. The Sibshop model mixes information and discussion activities with new games designed to be unique, off-beat and appealing to a wide ability range and special guests.

More information about attending the program for the 2016-2017 school year can be obtained by clicking here.

For information about the national Sibling Support Project, click here.

Contact: Wendy Smenner, Parent Mentor
Telephone: 419.214.3066
Email: wsmenner@esclakeeriewest.org


Payments can be accepted in person at the time of enrollment, by mail, or in person at the ESC of Lake Erie West administration office located at 2275 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, OH 43620 (click for map).

For online payments, please click here: https://www.localevelevents.com/events/details/3202

If you have any questions about billing, contact Cindy Hammye at chammye@esclakeeriewest.org or via phone at 419.246.3113


Paige Paneff, Early Childhood Supervisor
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Boulevard
Toledo OH 43620
Telephone: 419.246.3131

Early Childhood Diagnostic Center
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
3939 Wrenwood
Toledo OH 43623
Telephone: 419.473.2237
FAX: 419.725.2063

Wendy Smenner, Parent Mentor
Telephone: 419.214.3066
Email: wsmenner@esclakeeriewest.org