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Integrated Preschool

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 2020-2021 School Year:

SORRY, WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR.
 

  • 3/9/20: Paperwork and tuition payment due for current preschool families for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • 3/13/20: Preschool screening application paperwork due.
  • 3/25/20 Preschool screening appointment slot notification for those who have submitted paperwork.
  • 4/8/20 Preschool screening will take place at Bethlehem Elementary School and Mitchell Elementary School.
  • 4/24/20 Those who attended the preschool screening will be notified if their child has been chosen.
  • 5/8/20 Paperwork and tuition due from chosen 20-21 preschool families.

 

Commonly asked preschool questions and answers:

Screening:

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 apistritto@ctreg14.org Please include Your child’s name, his/her DOB, your address, and phone number. Preschool screening application paperwork will be sent home in late 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 13, 2020.

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 25, 2020. The screening will take place at both elementary schools, depending on where you live, April 8, 2020. 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 24, 2020 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. Alice Pistritto) no later than Friday, May 8, 2020 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 position 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 20-21 school year will be offered a spot and sent a registration packet. All paperwork and the tuition payment must be submitted by March 6, 2020

General:

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: 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 2020-2021 school year is as follows:

Payment Option #1

*Full Tuition (requires full payment upon receipt of signed contract no later than Friday, May 8,2020)

Payment Option #2

*Requires first month’s tuition in advance upon receipt of signed contract no later than Friday, May 8, 2020 ($402.00 +Registration fee $50.00)

Total payment of $452.00

$3,380.00  + Registration fee $50.00

Total Payment of $3,430.00

$3,618.00 (8 additional payments of $402.00, 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, 2020 and who are age 4 through and including December 31, 2020 are eligible to be considered for the 2020-2021 preschool program.

Q: My child will be 5 by December 31, 2020 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, 2020 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: 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.