Children sought for Preschool Community Peers Program

Bristol Public Schools is recruiting children who will be 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 years of age in September 2015 to participate in the Preschool Community Peers Program for the school year 2015-2016. Community Peers act as role models for preschool children with special education needs. The schools do not accept children who are kindergarten eligible –age 5 on or before Jan. 1. The date for Kindergarten cut off is still officially Jan. 1. If this changes, Bristol Public Schools will adjust the age cut off according to state legislation.

Parents who have children with appropriate social skills and speech and language development are encouraged to apply.

The Preschool Learning Centers are located at the Bristol Early Childhood Center. The program provides a language-rich learning experience for all children. The curriculum is child-centered and the daily routine consists of circle, small-group activities and center time.

A certified special-education teacher and a teacher’s assistant staff each classroom. Each class has a mix of preschool children with special needs and preschool children with typical developmental patterns.

Parents must provide their own transportation to and from school.

Students must be toilet trained.

Parents/guardians may obtain an application at their neighborhood school, community library or online at on the preschool web page. For more information call Susan Huff at 860 584-3335.

Send the application to: Bristol Early Childhood Center (BECC), 240 Stafford Ave., Bristol, CT 06010, Attention: Susan Huff

Application deadline: Rolling applications

Parents will be notified in writing of screening appointment.

All Community Peers screenings will be held at BECC Jan. 8, 13, 23. Snow date is Jan. 27.

Bristol has other school readiness programs for children 3 and 4 years of age: The Early Childhood Pre-K and School Readiness Preschool for Three Year Olds. Both programs are five days a week either morning or afternoon sessions. There is no cost to parents.

Bristol Public Schools reserves the right to modify the programs to include both 3 year old and 4 year old children in one class due to the population needs at the time of registration.

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