South Portland Preschool






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South Portland School Department will offer universal access to high quality public preschool for all South Portland four year olds in school settings as well as appropriate, qualified community providers. 


  • Every child can learn. 
  • Every four year old has a right to a high quality preschool experience. 
  • All areas of child development will be honored; social, emotional, physical and cognitive, aligned with Maine Early Learning Guidelines. 
  • Preschool classrooms utilize positive behavioral supports and strategies. 
  • Best practice literacy/language experiences are embedded in child-centered, comprehensive curriculum. 
  • Parent involvement is a key component for a successful preschool experience. 
  • Communication and relationships between parents and teachers are essential. 
  • All teachers are qualified and demonstrate ongoing involvement in high quality professional development. 
  • Children thrive within an inclusive environment (children with CDS services, ELL, socio-economic, etc.). 
  • Individual needs will be honored. 
  • Transition to public kindergarten is more effective when children have experienced a quality preschool program. 
  • Alignment of the preschool program will be planned, transparent and part of a planned relationship within the preschool through grade 12 settings. 

Program Implementation: 

How will preschool programs provide developmentally appropriate practice? 

The South Portland Preschool program will use OWL (Opening the World of Learning) as its curriculum. OWL covers all aspects of development and its activities meet the learning needs of four-year-old children. The classroom contains a variety of learning areas which children can chose to participate in for as long as they want during Centers Time. Block Area, Water/Sand Table, Art Table, Art Easel, Dramatic Play, Puzzles & Manipulatives, Book Area/Listening Center, One Friend Space, Science/Math Area and Computer, all contain hands-on materials for children to explore, discover and play. The teacher demonstrates use of the materials during Morning Meeting so that children always know the range of ways the materials can be used. Because OWL is concept and vocabulary rich, children tend to spend longer times engaged in each activity. The whole group times are short (10-15 minutes each) allowing children to participate in activities such as songs, poems, math & whole body games, asking questions, telling stories and predicting experiment outcomes. 

Class Size and Teacher to Child Ratios 

16 students at Kaler and 12 students at Brickhill, each with one Certified Early Childhood Teacher and one Certified Educational Technician.



  • Preschoolers are age four by October 15th 
  • Family currently resides in South Portland 
  • Parents will agree to be actively engaged in the program and participate in training 
  • Parents agree to promote and model good school attendance 
  • A lottery will be used to determine enrollment as needed 


Sample Daily Schedule at Kaler 

Teacher – Typical South Portland School Department Work Day 

Students – 8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. (5 days a week) 

8:30 a.m. Arrival & Movement 

8:40 a.m. Let's Find Out About It/Let's Talk About It 

9:00 a.m. Handwashing/Breakfast 

9:30 a.m. Morning Meeting 

9:45 a.m. Center Time 

10:50 a.m. Songs, Word Play & Letters 

11:15 a.m. Handwashing/Lunch 

11:45 a.m. Story 

12:00 p.m. Small Groups 

12:25 p.m. Closing Circle 

12:30 p.m. Getting Ready/Outside 

1:15 p.m. Bus Departs 


Sample Daily Schedule at Brickhill 

Teacher – Typical South Portland School Department Work Day 

Students – 9:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. (5 days a week) 

9:00 a.m. Arrival & Let’s Find Out About It/Let's Talk About It 

9:15 a.m. Handwashing/Snack 

9:45 a.m. Morning Meeting 

10:00 a.m. Center Time 

10:45 a.m. Story 

11:05 a.m. Outside 

11:35 a.m. Songs, Word Play & Letters 

11:55 a.m. Handwashing/Lunch 

12:30 p.m. Small Groups 

12:50 p.m. Get Ready 

1:00 p.m. Bus Departs


Family Outreach and Parent Involvement 

Parents will agree to be actively engaged in the program and participate in training coordinated through the preschool staff. 


At Brickhill, preschoolers bring healthy morning snacks and lunch is provided. At Kaler, both breakfast and lunch are provided. 


Bus transportation for all preschoolers will be available through the South Portland School Department. 

Kindergarten Transitions 

Teachers will collaborate with Child Development Services, the South Portland School Department and families to review progress and individual needs for children prior to their transition to kindergarten. 




                           Ken Kunin, Superintendent of Schools                                               Kathryn Germani, Assistant Superintendent                                                                      Rolfe Forland, Director of Finance, Human Resources and Operations         Rebecca H. Brown, Director, Curriculum/Assessment/Instruction                                    Kathleen Cox, Director of Instructional Support                                              Dianne Paton, Assistant Director of Instructional Support                                                  Faye Gmeiner, Instructional Support Administrator 

130 Wescott Road

Phone: (207) 871-0555 Fax: (207) 871-0559 E-mail: GodinSu [at] spsd [dot] org 

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