School Readiness is a State funded pre-k program established is 1997 to increase the number of children who have an opportunity to attend a quality pre-k program. New Haven Public Schools is the largest School Readiness program in New Haven with many sites throughout the district. While most of our School Readiness classrooms are in our elementary schools, we do have two full day (7:30am-5:30pm), 12 month programs to help meet the needs of working parents.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
All School Readiness programs are required to meet the quality early childhood standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or Head Start. Our pre-k classrooms are either NAEYC accredited or are going through the process to become accredited. We use these standards of best practice along with those set by the State Department of Education and the district as we develop our language, literacy, math, science, and art curriculum.
We know that every moment is a teachable moment and take every opportunity to increase children’s vocabulary, math concepts and higher order thinking skills. “What do you think will happen if you add another 10 blocks to your building? Will it collapse? Topple over? Cave in?” As teachers observe children’s progress, they adapt the curriculum to meet the child's next developmental level.
Who is eligible?
NHPS School Readiness programs are open to all New Haven residents. Children who are 3 years old by January 1st are eligible.
How do students enroll?
Families enroll through a centralized application process. Applications are available starting in April. Click HERE for a list of documents needed to register. REGISTRATION WILL BE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To make an appointment, call 203-9469-8446. Applications and documents must be reviewed by NHPS personnel. NO APPLICATION WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL ALL DOCUMENTATION IS COMPLETE. Once all documents are in, and registration is complete, a contract between NHPS and the parent will be signed. Children are then placed on a first come, first served basis.
Do some children receive priority in the admission process?
Acceptance to all SR programs is first come, first served. There are no neighborhood or sibling preferences.
How much will it cost for my child to attend?
Fees for SR are based on a family's income and size. The fee scale is set by the State of CT. Fees range from free to a maximum of $175/week. Consult the SR fee table HERE.
Is busing provided?
No. Parents must provide their own transportation.
Do students in PreK receive preference for Kindergarten?
Students in NHPS and private SR programs receive preference for their neighborhood school.
NHPS SCHOOL READINESS
Columbus Family Academy
Dwight Early Childhood Program @1324 Chapel
Fair Haven School
Hill Central Music Academy
School Readiness Programs in the community
An additional 24 community-based programs located throughout the city receive school readiness funds. Eligibility guidelines are the same as for NHPS. Applications must be made separately and specifically to each program. Spaces are not transferable between school readiness programs. Consult each program for their timeline and requirements. For a list of programs and contact information, click HERE. For general School Readiness information click HERE.