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Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment

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Pre-Kindergarten Application Process 

For the 2019-2020 school year, your child must be 4 years old by October 15, 2019 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 for the current school year will be accepted continually throughout the school year. 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.

Pre-registration forms for the next school year are accepted beginning the last Monday in February and first week in March and then continually until the end of the following school year. Forms received after the first week in March are placed on a waitlist according to date received and placed as space allows.

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 by the end of March.

Step 3: Student Enrollment
You will be given enrollment instructions when your child has been accepted into the Pre-K program. Online enrollment must be completed by the end of April. If the enrollment deadline is missed, your child will be placed back on the waitlist.

Step 4: Pre-K Developmental Screening
Pre-K Developmental Screening will take place in May/June 2019. An appointment date will be mailed to you.

If you have further questions about the Pre-K program, please contact our office (207) 874-8113.

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

Here are application forms for the 2019-2020 School Year:

    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 eight public pre-kindergarten classes, located at seven 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, Peaks Island 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.