● Researchers from Georgetown University have determined through long term
studies that, “students who were in Pre-K years earlier have higher math test
scores, are more likely to enroll in honors courses, and are noticeably less likely to
have been retained in grade.”
● The CT State Department of Education notes that, “Pre-K experience promotes
social-emotional competence and prepares students for the kindergarten classroom
environment. Social-emotional competence is critical for children’s readiness for
school and early school adjustment.”
● The benefits of a universal Pre-K program are widely recognized as providing a solid
foundation for learning and for providing long term benefits to students’ academic
● Research has shown that when it comes to successful Pre-K programs, “the
long-term benefits exceed the short-term costs by at least two to one.” Early
intervention has been proven to reduce expenses for future remedial services.
● The Board of Education wishes to ensure all children are provided an equitable
opportunity to be best prepared to begin their academic career.
● The district has been planning for this expansion for a number of years and has
coordinated this around LEARN’s departure from Center School. Capitalizing on this
opportunity, included in the budget is a one time expense of $180,000 for classroom
renovations, which falls well within our allotted amount for yearly capital projects.
● Despite a relatively flat enrollment trend for next year, the proposed budget
includes a slight reduction in certified staff members to address the need for fewer
sections at Mile Creek. This makes the expansion of Pre-K appropriately timed and
allows the district to maintain all existing programs across all curricular areas.
● This program helps support the retention of high quality educators in the areas of
art, music, and physical education which would be seeing further reductions
without these additional Pre- K classrooms.
● The expansion of this program benefits our already strong school system, thereby
increasing the desirability of our communities. That, in turn, increases real estate
values and drives student enrollment.
● Increased student enrollment allows the schools to continue to offer award winning
programs without having to reduce opportunities for students.
● Our existing program uses the Connecticut Early Learning and Development
Standards (ELDS) as the basis for its curriculum that balances social-emotional
development and academic readiness.
● The estimated budgetary cost of each additional Pre-K student is $8,600 which is
well below our average per pupil expenditure (PK-12).
● Due to lack of space, an average of 37 students per year (which includes an average
of 18 four year olds per year) have been turned away from our current program.
● Accepting tuition students from out-of-town will help fund the program and draw
families to our communities. The tuition for non-residents will be $10,000.
Note: when registering a new student, a copy of the student's birth certificate will be made, and evidence that the student's immunizations are up to date is required. New registrants must provide documentation on the appropriate State of Connecticut Health Assessment Record form of a physical exam that has taken place within 1 year of starting school (see links to forms below).
Medical Forms Required for Preschool/PreK Registration