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South Portland Preschools





2019/2020 SCHOOL YEAR


To complete registration for Preschool you must complete all 4 STEPS:



STEP 1 Pre-registration



Pre-Registration forms will be accepted from March 27 – April 19, 2019.

Pick up an application:

  • At our Preschool Open Houses on Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. @ Kaler and Skillin Elementary Schools
  • Online beginning Thursday, March 28, 2019 at www.spsd.org

Return completed Pre-Registration forms to the South Portland Schools Central Office, Kaler Elementary School or Skillin Elementary School no later than April 19, 2019.


Applications received after April 19 will be placed on a waitlist.



STEP 2 Preschool Selection by Lottery will occur during the week of April 22, 2019


If there are more applications than spots, students are selected by lottery, with priority given to ensure that 60% of students served qualify for free or reduced price meals and 15% qualify for CDS services. We have 57 spots available in three programs: two preschool classrooms at Kaler School (total of 32 students), one at Skillin School (total of 16 students) and we have reserved spaces for 9 students at Roots & Fruits, an NAEYC Accredited preschool in Red Bank. We provide transportation to students from the Skillin, Brown and Kaler School districts to Skillin or Kaler. We do not provide transportation to Roots & Fruits. We reserve the right to assign students to schools outside their K-5 district to ensure ability to place and transport students.

Students who receive a slot will be notified by mail no later than May 14, 2019. Students who have submitted an application by the April 19 deadline and are placed on a waitlist will also be notified by mail no later than May 14, 2019.



STEP 3 Student Enrollment

Once your child has been accepted into the Preschool program, you will be given instructions on how to formally register your child for the upcoming school year. To secure your child’s spot in our Preschool program, you must complete the formal enrollment process prior to June 14. If this enrollment deadline is not met, your child’s name will be placed on the waitlist.


STEP 4 Preschool Developmental Screening


Your child’s preschool teacher will provide you with the date and time of your child’s developmental screening and arrange for a home visit.

Bus transportation through the South Portland School Department will only be available for preschoolers residing in the Kaler, Brown, and Skillin neighborhoods. Transportation for all other preschoolers, including those attending Roots & Fruits, will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

The South Portland School Department is unable to transport to or from Day Care Centers.