Integrated Preschool Program

Region 14 offers an integrated special education preschool program for typical peers at each of our elementary schools based on where you live within the region. After a preschool screening, children are chosen through a lottery system to determine eligibility for enrollment.

Important Dates for 2019-2020 School Year:


  • 3/1/19: Paperwork and tuition payment due for current preschool families for the 19-20 school year
  • 3/15/19: Preschool screening application paperwork due
  • 3/22/19: Preschool screening appointment slot notification for those who have submitted paperwork
  • 4/8/19: Mitchell Elementary School’s 19-20 preschool screening
  • 4/10/19: Bethlehem Elementary School’s 19-20 preschool screening
  • 4/12/19: Those who attended the preschool screening will be notified if their child has been chosen
  • 5/3/19: Paperwork and tuition due from chosen 19-20 preschool families

Commonly asked preschool questions and answers:


Q: When will information be available regarding enrollment in the preschool program?

A: Beginning in January, parents/guardians can email the following information to Alice Pistritto at Please include Your child’s name, his/her DOB, your address, and phone number. Preschool screening application paperwork home in mid-February to be filled out and returned.

Q: When will the preschool screening application paperwork be due?

A: The deadline for returning the paperwork is by the end of the business day on March 15, 2019.

Q: When, where, and what time is the preschool screening?

A: You will be notified of your child’s appointment slot for the screening by March 22, 2019. The screening will take place at both elementary schools, depending on where you live, on a day during the week of April 8, 2019. You will be notified of your child’s appointment slot for the screening by March 22, 2019. Only those who have submitted completed screening paperwork and have been assigned an appointment slot may attend.

Q: How long is the screening and what will my child do there?

A: The screening is scheduled for 45 minutes. Your child will be observed on how they separate from a parent/guardian, and through stations designed to look at their language, motor, social, and cognitive skills.

Q: Do I stay during the screening?

A: Parents/Guardians are invited to a separate location in the school for a Q&A session with staff while the screening takes place and then return to pick up their child after the screening session.

Q: When will I find out if my child was chosen through the lottery system?

A: Families will be notified by April 12, 2019 if their child has been chosen for a spot. A registration packet will be sent to those chosen.

Q. When will the registration packet be due?

A. All paperwork, including the signed contract, non – refundable one time registration fee, and tuition payment must be delivered to the Regional School District 14 Central Office (attn. Christina Lewis) no later than Friday, May 3, 2019 in order to reserve your child’s spot in the program.

Q: My child wasn’t chosen in the lottery, now what?

A: Those children not chosen will be put on a waitlist by elementary school. Families will be notified of their line on the waitlist.

Q: My child is currently enrolled in the preschool program, will we be able to enroll again for the next school year?

A. Yes! All 3 year olds eligible to return for the 19-20 school year will be offered a spot and sent a registration packet by February 8, 2019. All paperwork and the tuition payment must be submitted by March 1, 2019.


Q: Which elementary school would my child attend?

A: All residents of Bethlehem attend Bethlehem Elementary School. If you are a Woodbury resident, generally, students attend Mitchell Elementary School.

Q: What is the preschool schedule?

A: Preschool students follow the district calendar and meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. On Wednesdays, they meet from 9:00 AM-1:35 PM

Q: How much does the preschool program cost?

A. We offer two options for paying tuition by personal check only. Sorry, credit card payments are not accepted. The tuition for the 2019-20120 school year is as follows:

Payment Option #1

Full Tuition (requires full payment upon receipt of signed contract no later than Friday, May 3, 2019)

Payment Option #2

Requires first month’s tuition ($367.00) in advance upon receipt of signed contract no later than Friday, May 3, 2019.


$3,303 (8 additional payments of $367.00, due the 10th of each month (August – March)

In addition, there is a non-refundable, one time, registration fee of $50 which must accompany the signed contract and tuition payment based on the option you selected. You may combine the one-time $50 registration fee and the tuition payment into one check.

Q: Is transportation included in the preschool tuition?

A: No, transportation is not provided by the region for typical peers. It is the family’s responsibility to provide transportation to and from school.

Q: How many typical peers are in each classroom?

A: This depends on the number of students receiving special education services. The state requires an equal number of typical peers to special education students. These numbers vary from year to year within our region.

Q: What ages are eligible to attend the Region 14 typical peer preschool program?

A: Children who are age 3 by July 1, 2019 and who are age 4 through and including December 31, 2019 are eligible to be considered for the 2019-2020 preschool program.

Q: My child will be 5 by December 31, 2019 but I want to hold him/her back one more year before starting kindergarten. Is my child eligible to attend the Region 14 preschool program?

A: No. Only children who are 4 through and including December 31, 2019 are eligible to be considered for the preschool program.

Q: Who teaches the preschool classes?

A: Each class is taught by a dually certified Special Education preschool teacher. Specialized instruction and services are provided according to students’ individualized needs.

Q: Will students eat lunch at school?

A: Yes, students will eat lunch in the lunchroom during the lunch session scheduled with other elementary students. Staff will monitor the students in the lunchroom. Students may bring their lunch from home, but will have the option to purchase lunch and will be provided with assistance in retrieving their lunch selections. If you believe that you might qualify for free or reduced lunch, please complete the Free and Reduced Meal Application form.

Q: Will students have recess time?

A: Yes, students will be provided with daily recess and have age and size appropriate equipment available to them.

Q: Will students have nap or rest time as part of their day?

A: Yes, students will be provided with a rest time during the school day. Parents will be encouraged to send a blanket or towel to school for students to rest upon. The resting material can be sent home daily or at the end of the week for laundering purposes if parents would like.

Q: What are the requirements for toileting?

A: In order for your child to participate in the preschool program, he/she must be fully toilet trained. Children are required to be independent with their clothing, while completing necessary steps while utilizing the toilet and hand washing.