The Mansfield Prekindergarten Program provides children aged three and four with Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) an integrated and developmentally appropriate prekindergarten experience. Programming is designed to meet the needs of all children. The curriculum is based on the Connecticut Early Learning and Developmental Standards (ELDS), which supports the Mansfield Portrait of the Graduate. This is accomplished by providing children with opportunities to collaborate, communicate, think critically, and creatively express themselves. Play theory supports programming in guiding young learners to see themselves as capable and competent in a child-centered classroom.
The prekindergarten program offers annual universal screening for three and four year old children. The program also works in collaboration with Birth-to-Three services in order to transition students to the prekindergarten program if recommended by the Planning and Placement Team (PPT).
Students in prekindergarten classes can attend either a morning or afternoon session five days a week. Snack is provided. Transportation to and from school is also provided. There is no fee for attending the prekindergarten program.
The program places a priority on enrolling all three and four year olds with IEPs and all typically developing four year olds. Typically developing three year olds will be placed on a waiting list and enrolled if slots become available.