Preschool Program and Screenings

Preschool Program and Screenings



The East Haddam Preschool is housed at East Haddam Elementary school and offers a variety of services for children ages 3-5.  The preschool class (3 and 4 year olds) meets Monday through Thursday from 8:45 – 11:45 am.  The Pre-K (students moving to Kindergarten the following year) meets Monday through Friday from 12:25 – 3:15 pm.  Our programs are designed to service students with disabilities and their peers who serve as “learning partners”.  It is aligned with the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards, in conjunction with Creative Curriculum.  Learning partner spots are filled through a screening and lottery process conducted in the spring. 

All public school systems in Connecticut are responsible for the identification of children with disabilities.  The preschool team at East Haddam Elementary School offers developmental screenings for young children currently residing in East Haddam, to ensure students with disabilities receive appropriate services and support prior to entering Kindergarten.  The screening activities are designed to assess a child’s development in the following domains: motor/adaptive, language/communication, social/emotional, and cognition.  This will help us determine whether your child would benefit from any special services in order to prepare for future school success.  During the screen, the preschool team will interact and observe each child through a variety of activities.  Following the student activities, families will receive feedback from the team. 

Please call East Haddam Elementary School at 860-873-5076, to inquire further about the screening process and services.  It’s important to get connected and ask questions now if you have any concerns about your child’s development.  Common concerns include, lack of language, difficulty understanding your child’s speech, behavior, social or play skills, and/or cognitive development.  Required paperwork to identify these areas of concern must be completed before scheduling an appointment for your child.  Please complete the paperwork and return to the elementary school as soon as possible.  Developmental Screens take place on Friday mornings between 9:15 and 11:15, by appointment only.

Note: Children must be at least 3 years old to participate in the screening process.  For children younger than 3, please call Connecticut’s Birth to Three Program at 800-505-7000.