Mission / Vision
By 2015 South Portland will offer universal access to high quality public pre-school for all South Portland 4-year olds in both school settings as well as appropriate, qualified community providers.
- Every child can learn.
- Every 4-year old has a right to a high quality pre-school experience.
- All areas of child development will be honored; social, emotional, physical and cognitive, aligned with Maine Early Learning guidelines.
- Pre-school classroom will be based upon positive behavioral supports.
- Best practice literacy/language experiences are embedded in child-centered comprehensive curriculum.
- Parent involvement is a key component for a successful pre-school 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 special needs, ELL, socio-economic, etc)
- Individual needs will be honored
- Transition to public kindergarten is more effective when children have experienced a quality pre-school program.
- Alignment of the pre-school program will be planned, transparent, and part of a planned relationship within the pre-K through 12 settings.
- The selection process will provide greater opportunity for "at risk" students.
- Preschool age 4 by Oct. 15th
- Currently residing in the Skillin School and Brown School neighborhoods
- 60% of enrollment will qualify for Free/Reduced lunch status
- Parents will agree to be actively engaged in the program and participate in training
- Lottery will be used to determine enrollment as needed
Family Outreach and Parent Involvement