Looking for a preschool?

NOW ENROLLING for the 2023-24 school year!

Please call or email us for more info.


Located at Fairlawn-West United Church of Christ

2095 W. Market St.



How are we handling COVID-19 this year?


In the interest of protecting our young students, please know that all

of our teachers and church staff are fully vaccinated. Masking is currently optional.

A loving environment for young children in Akron since 1956

Our mission is to nurture the spiritual, physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children, ages 2 to 5, in a caring environment shaped by our Christian faith.


We value each child's innate spirituality, hunger for learning, creativity, sense of wonder, loving heart and individuality.


We also value a diverse community. Fairlawn-West Preschool is open to all children and their families regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national/ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation,

gender identity or family/marital status.



We maintain the highest standards in our professional staffing and educational philosophy.

Our preschool is affiliated with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children (OAEYC) and the Akron Area Association for the Education of Young Children (AAAEYC).


We provide children with a positive start to schooling.

Learning through play!

Our curriculum is adaptable to meet the needs and interests of diverse young learners.

It is play-based, which means that much of the day is devoted to child-initiated play.

Children actively explore and interact with their surroundings, allowing them to construct knowledge

of the world around them in a range of areas, such as science concepts, faith, lanuguage arts and social skills.


We use the Get Set for School and Pocket of Preschool curriculums, both of which are research-based and support the growth of children across all areas of development: social-emotional, motor and cognitive.

Both curriculums align with Ohio's Early Learning Standards.


Fun for ages 2 to 5

Age 2

Children who are 2 years old as of Aug. 31 can attend preschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays or on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Both options are offered from 9 a.m. to noon. Children do not have to be potty trained to be enrolled but families must provide diapers and wipes for their child. The class size is limited to seven children.

Age 3

Children who are 3 years old as of Aug. 31 may attend preschool Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Monday through Friday. Both options are offered from 9 a.m. to noon. Children in this group must independently recognize when they need to use the bathroom and be self-sufficient when using it. The class size is limited to 12 children.


Children who are 4 years old as of Aug. 31 or in the year before attending kindergarten may attend preschool Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon or for the full day, from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Children in this group must independently recognize when they need to use the bathroom and be self-sufficient when using it. The class size is limited to 14 children.

Extended Care

We are here to provide loving care as early as 8 a.m. and as late as 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee. We also offer enrichment classes in Music & Movement, Art & Art Appreciation and Fun With Science.


We've got answers for the most common questions.

What time is extended care offered and what does it cost?

Our morning care begins at 8 a.m. Our afternoon care begins at 12 p.m. noon for our half day students and 2:45 p.m. for others. All children must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. The cost for extended care is $6 per hour.

What should my child wear to preschool?

Children should wear comfortable play clothes that are easy to get off and on when using the bathroom. Belts and overalls are often frustrating for young children and contribute to toileting "accidents." Also, because children often get messy, dirty, wet or sticky while having fun, do not send them to school in their "good" or dressy clothes. For safety reasons, children should wear closed-toe rubber-soled shoes such as sneakers or athletic shoes. Finally, make certain that children are dressed appropriately for the weather and prepared to play outside everyday. Boots, hats, mittens, etc. are needed for outdoor play in colder weather.

Does Fairlawn-West Preschool accept Title XX for child care assistance?

As a preschool, we do not accept Title XX. 

Have additional questions? Email preschool@fairlawnwest.org

or call us at 330-864-4685



Megan Hatfield

Preschool Administrator, Head Teacher and Curriculum Advisor

Kristina Walker

Half-day Pre-K Teacher

Bethany Kohler

Three-day 3s teacher

Dannelle Jenkins

2s Teacher

Molly Farmer

Five-day 3s Teacher

Beth Adams

2s and 3s Teacher Aide

Erin Haran — PreK Teacher Aide 
Eileen Cox — PreK Teacher Aide
Evan Sombati — 2s and 3s Teacher Aide