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Pre-Kindergarten Program

Our Pre-K program serves students, ages 3 through 5, with and without disabilities. Preschoolers requiring special education services due to disabilities are eligible based on specific criteria established by the district in keeping with federal and state requirements. Peer Model students refer to those “typically developing” students who are included in the integrated classroom settings.

The term “integrated setting” refers to an environment that blends children with and without disabilities for learning experiences and building social relationships. This is the model that the Pre-K Program utilizes in order to follow best practice for providing preschool special education programming within the public school setting. 

The Pre-K Program follows the CT Early Learning and Development Standards and assessments to guide its curriculum, into which other methodologies and strategies are woven in order to provide optimal learning experiences and kindergarten readiness for all students. The program also maintains a developmentally appropriate philosophy that meets students where they are and sets goals to support the individual’s progress across cognitive, social, and motor domains.

Peer models are selected by lottery. Preschoolers can become eligible for this lottery by first attending a Preschool Screening at the Batcheller Early Education Center held the first Monday of each month during the school year. Appointments must be made in advance for 3 and 4 year olds by calling the Family Resource Center at 860 379-5423 x5262.