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Preschool Program
 


Administration Building
25 Valley Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4200




Pre-School and Kindergarten In-Person Registration for the 2017-18 School Year begins in February.

Please register at your child's designated school between February 7, 2017 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm; February 8, 2017 from 8:30 am - 7:00 pm; and February 9, 2017 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. To be eligible for pre-school, a child must reach four years of age on or before October 1, 2017. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must reach five years of age on or before October 1, 2017.

You can begin the pre-registration process by using our self-guided program, Registration Gateway, by clicking here: Registration Gateway .  

Please note, this is only for pre-registering (your initial step); your registration will not be complete until you bring in the documents required to register to your child's school during the dates listed above.  


The Princeton Public School's preschool programs are designed to meet the State's preschool program guidelines. We offer general education preschool classes for four-year olds and specialized preschool classes for three and four-year old students with disabilities.   

GENERAL EDUCATION PRESCHOOL CLASSES FOR FOUR-YEAR-OLDS

Who is eligible to enroll in a general education preschool class?
  • A child who is four years of age on or before October 1st
  • A child who is a Princeton resident. Residency Manual
How do I register my child?

Click here for important details and dates in the 2017-18 registration process.  


How many integrated preschool classes are in the district?  And, where are they located?
  • There are two classrooms with 20 spaces per classroom.
  • The integrated preschool classrooms are hosted by two of the district’s four elementary schools - Johnson Park School and Riverside School.  Each school has one integrated preschool classroom.  
Is there a cost or tuition for the program?
Students who are eligible for the free and reduced meals program Income Guideline-14.pdf and students with disabilities are able to attend the preschool program at no cost.  There is a tuition rate of $13,000 for all other students.  Please note, the tuition rate is adjusted annually by the Board of Education and is subject to change. The 2016-17 tuition rate of $13,000 was approved by the board in the spring 2016.

When does the program operate?
The program follows the elementary school calendar for holidays and early dismissal days.  

What is the daily schedule?
The full-day program begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. - operating on the same schedule as our K-5 elementary program.  The preschool daily schedule includes:  greeting time, circle time, small and large group activities, interest and activity based centers Sample_Daily_Schedule.pdf, outside time, snack and lunch time, rest and quiet time, music time and “plan-do-review” time where children select and plan their activities and reflect on them with an adult or peer.   

The class also participates in “specials” that include physical education, music, and outside play time when the weather permits.

Who teaches the integrated preschool class?
Classes are taught by a certified teacher with a Preschool to Grade 3 certification and a highly qualified teaching assistant or paraprofessional who provides instructional support.  

What early childhood curriculum is used?
The early childhood curriculum selected by the district for the integrated preschool program is the HighScope curriculum HighScope Curriculum.  A key feature of this research-based curriculum is the “active participatory learning” process where children make daily choices about their activities and teachers help them cultivate language, fine and gross motor skills and social skills as they play.  Preschool Key Developmental Indicators_chart.pdf

What other important program requirements should parents know about?
Children must be toilet trained at the time of entry into the program.


PRESCHOOL DISABILITIES CLASSES

Parents who suspect their preschool-age child may have special needs may obtain free help from the district’s Child Study Team.  This team of district professionals works with families to locate and provide services for those children ages three to five who may have physical, cognitive, language, social, or emotional difficulties.  Screening, professional guidance, and placement in a preschool educational program (if needed) are all available free of charge through the district’s Child Study Team.   Additional information from the State Department Project Child Find and from the district's Student Services Office

For further information contact the Princeton Public Schools’ Office of Student Services at 609-806-4200 ext. 2023 or 2027.

Please note that children under the age of three who demonstrate delays in development are eligible for free services through another Mercer County program called the Project Child Early Intervention Program. Parent training is also provided.  For more information about NJ Child Find and Early Intervention Services for Special Children visit the following website: http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/eis/index.shtml.  














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