The North Branford BOE Preschool

The North Branford Board of Education Preschool program was launched for the 2017-2018 school year and is now a part of Jerome Harrison Elementary School.

The North Branford Public Schools NEW Preschool Program is partially funded through the CT Smart Start initiative and primarily designed to meet the needs of preschool-aged children at-risk due to economic, cultural or other disadvantages. Teaching and learning will be driven by the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CTELDS) and guidelines from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The goal of this early childhood program is to provide experiences that will promote social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive learning and development through a differentiated and integrated program.

Program Specifics: The program is housed in the Jerome Harrison Elementary School (JHS) FRC Annex. The program currently serves 15 students The program follows the school-year calendar and JHS school day (181 Days, 9:00am-3:25pm). Children are expected to attend full sessions each day.

Transportation will be provided according to the district’s bussing guidelines. The classroom is led by a PreK certified educator with paraprofessional support.

There is no cost for the program itself. (Parents will be expected to assume costs for field trips...) Snacks and lunch will NOT be provided by the district unless student is eligible for free and/or reduced lunch.

Families may apply to our Family Resource Center for before-school and after-school care for their preschooler.

Eligibility Guidelines for 2023-2024 School Year:
  1. Child must be a resident of North Branford.
  2. Children born after January 1, 2019 and before January 2, 2020 are eligible to apply.
  3. Children who are eligible for Kindergarten are NOT eligible for the Pre-K program.
  4. Applications will be prioritized according to Smart Start Grant requirements:

Children in the following circumstances will be high priority for enrollment: poverty (children who are from families with incomes at or below 75% of SMI or receive free or reduced lunch), homeless, migrant, refugee, violence and neglect (DCF involved, in foster care), developmental delays, and/or challenging parental circumstances (teenage, incarcerated, in treatment for substance abuse, active military service).

  1. All public school health requirements must be adhered to.
  2. Documentation for the above mentioned criteria will be required for verification prior to registration.
  3. After priority students are offered a required percentage of enrollments, any available enrollment will be determined and offered based on an application lottery system.
  4. Once applications have been approved, screening appointments will be arranged.
Miss Hillman's 2022 Pre-School Graduates

The preschool application period for the 2022-2023 school year closed on March 1, 2022. There is not a wait list for those who have not already applied. Please check back here in February 2023 for information about applying for the 2023-24 school year.

For additional resources, visit the United Way 211 website or call 2-1-1

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