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DNS Preschool

The Developmental Nursery School – Vermilion’s first preschool – is located in and operated by the United Church of Christ, Congregational. Its mission is to provide a quality preschool experience within a secure, nurturing yet stimulating environment. Activities are planned in a learning-through-play atmosphere with hands on learning activities to meet the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of children, while promoting the development of a positive self-concept.


  • weekly music classes

  • weekly library session

  • monthly visits from Ritter Public Library

  • yearly field trips

  • thematic-based lesson plans following Ohio Content Standards for preschoolers

  • age-appropriate activities

  • non-denominational                                                                                                                    

Developmental Nursery School is an integral part of the outreach of the UCC, Congregational, striving to provide a ministry of love to children, support to parents, and service to the community. The school is non-denominational. DNS was founded in 1963. Today, we offer a 33-week program for 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children. 

Our 3 year old classes meet for 2.5 hour sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from September through mid-May. Activities include hands on learning, small group activities, and socially interactive play. These activities are based on Ohio’s standards for early childhood education. Monthly tuition for our 3 year old program is $145.00 per month.

Our 4/5 year old program offers either a 3 day or 4 day option. The 3 day option meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for 2.5 hrs per session. Monthly tuition for our 3 day option is $185.00 per month.  The 4 day option meets Monday-Thursday for 2.5 hours. Tuition for the 4 day option is $160.00 per month. Our small group academic and hands on learning activities are based on Ohio’s standards for early childhood education with the focus of preparing each child for Kindergarten. 

Total school enrollment is limited to 32 children per session, no more than 12 children per classroom. Scholarships are available for qualifying children.

We have a morning session and an afternoon session based on enrollment.


Our teachers are experienced in early childhood education. They receive at least 6 hours of continuing education hours per year to offer the most up to date preschool practices. They are also First Aid and CPR certified. 


To qualify for enrollment, your child must be at least 3 years old by September 1st of the current year to qualify for enrollment. Sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Your child must be seen by a physician after May 31 and no later than September 1 of the current year.

DNS Preschool: Service
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