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Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment

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Pre-Kindergarten Application Process 

For the 2018-2019 school year, your child must be 4 years old by October 15, 2018 and be a resident of Portland to be eligible for Pre-K.

This free public Pre-K is currently a partnership between Portland Public Schools, Catherine Morrill Day Nursery, The Opportunity Alliance, and the Youth and Family Outreach.

Transportation is not provided. You must provide transportation to and from school.

To complete registration for Pre-K you must complete the following four steps:

Step 1: Pre-Registration
Pre-registration forms will be accepted from February 26-March 9, 2018. Forms can be downloaded from this site or picked up at any of Portland Public Elementary Schools or at Central Office/Multilingual Center.
Completed forms should be returned to your neighborhood elementary school.
Forms received after March 9th will be placed on a waitlist.

Step 2: Selection by Lottery as Needed
Classrooms will serve 16 students. If more than 16 register per classroom a lottery will be held. Students who receive a slot will be notified by mail after the lottery the week of March 12th.

Step 3: Student Enrollment
You will be given enrollment instructions when your child has been accepted into the Pre-K program. Enrollment must be completed between March 19 and April 20, 2018. If the enrollment deadline is missed, your child will be placed on the waitlist.

Step 4: Pre-K Developmental Screening
Pre-K Developmental Screening will take place in May/June 2018. An appointment date will be mailed to you.

For families who need translation/interpretation services, please call the Multilingual & Multicultural Center for assistance at (207) 874-8135.

Here are the 2018-2019 Pre-K Application forms:

Pre-Kindergarten Application - English
Pre-Kindergarten Application - Acholi
Pre-Kindergarten Application - Arabic
Pre-Kindergarten Application - French
Pre-Kindergarten Application - Khmer
Pre-Kindergarten Application - Portuguese
Pre-Kindergarten Application - Vietnamese - coming soon!!
Pre-Kindergarten Application - Spanish
Pre-Kindergarten Application - Somali

Below are the 2017-2018 Pre-K application forms:

Pre-Kindergarten Application - English

Pre-Kindergarten Application - Acholi
Pre-Kindergarten Application - Arabic
Pre-Kindergarten Application - French
Pre-Kindergarten Application - Khmer
Pre-Kindergarten Application - Portuguese 
Pre-Kindergarten Application - Vietnamese
Pre-Kindergarten Application - Spanish
Pre-Kindergarten Application - Somali


Overview of Portland Public Schools' Pre-K Program

The Portland Public Schools offers seven public pre-kindergarten classes, located at six locations. Children are eligible if they turn four years old on or before October 15 in the year of application. The free classes run from approximately 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Children are placed based on available slots. Portland does not yet have programs available in each elementary school, and children sometimes are placed outside of their neighborhood schools. Parents are responsible for their own transportation.

Classes are located at Riverton Elementary School, Portland Arts and Technology High School, East End Community School, Hall Elementary School, Presumpscot Elementary School, Youth and Family Services, and The Opportunity Alliance. Plans are underway to add additional classes in Portland’s public schools and in high quality preschool programs that are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  

Pre-K Program Philosophy

All pre-kindergarten classes are child- and family-friendly programs. Parents are viewed as equal partners in the care and education of their child. They are welcomed as volunteers and active participants in the daily life of the school. 

We view children as competent and capable learners with unique and diverse qualities. Our teachers are highly qualified based on national standards. The program prepares children to enter kindergarten having mastered foundational skills in language, literacy and numbers. They learn to initiate and maintain positive social relationships, and they gain an appropriate level of independence that enables them to express their needs, regulate their emotions and solve problems with caring adults. As a city, it is our goal to ensure universal access to high-quality pre-K for all Portland children and we continue to partner with other organizations and providers to pursue that goal. 

All pre-kindergarten classes use nationally validated curricula and follow the Maine State Early Childhood Learning Guidelines. Programs include developmental screening, assessment and referral services, and coordination and transition with school personnel for Individual Education Plans, as needed.

The Portland Public Schools has entered into cooperative agreements with several area programs that offer early care education in both school- and neighborhood-based classes. Combining resources of space, staffing and finances enables us to serve the maximum number of children citywide. 

For more information 

Please call (207) 874-8113 or click on the link above for an application.