Early Childhood General Information


The preschool classes are for three and four year olds. Children entering preschool must have turned three by the beginning of the school year and must be fully potty-trained.

Organization of Birchwood’s Preschool Program


School begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. There are options for before and after school care. Thus, children may be on-site in the school’s care from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

School Day and Calendar

Families have several options for the preschool day and week, including full or half days and partial week options. The full-day option follows the K-8 school day of 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. with doors opening at 8 a.m. and dismissal at 3:20 p.m. The half-day program runs from 8:30 - 11:15 a.m. Birchwood's calendar is planned each year to correlate closely with that of local school districts and other Cleveland Council of Independent Schools (CCIS). Calendars come out in the spring of the prior year, with final revisions in August of the current year.


For the part-time and full-time tuition and fee schedule, please click here. We are not a daycare and thus do not operate on a pay-by-day system. Once you have selected your option, the tuition rate and schedule will apply.


Please see the school’s admissions page for procedures and timelines.

Welcome Packet Request

We are happy to mail a Welcome Packet to interested families.