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Pre-K Programs

The Broadreach Pre K program is open to children living in towns served by RSU 71 who are four years old on 15th of the current school year. Broadreach PreK offers a unique “Nature Meets Nurture” approach to early learning and development. In lively, active-learning settings, both indoors and out, children explore, create, investigate and problem solve. Broadreach is committed to providing children with regular opportunities for immersion in the natural world and interactions with natural and authentic materials. Our nationally recognized curriculum (High Scope) is aligned with Maine’s Early Learning Guidelines and Maine DOE Common Core Standards. This curriculum framework provides children with a predictable but flexible structure, ongoing developmental assessment, rigorous academics, innovative physical creative and social activities. Certified teachers offer carefully planned hands-on, primary experiences where learning flourishes, friendships form, and a sense of belonging is carefully nurtured. Children develop sound social understandings through interpersonal and community connections and they experience academic success as they become masters of their own learning.

For answers to many frequently asked questions, please click here.

Step 1: Determine if Your Child is Eligible for PreK
• Your child must be Four Years Old on October 15, 2016 and
• You must reside permanently in one of the towns below:

Step 2: Obtain the Enrollment Paperwork

If you live here: Contact:
Belfast
Swanville
Ruth Gale, East Belfast School Secretary
rgale@rsu71.org • 338-4420
Belmont
Morrill
Searsmont
Kay Dodd, Gladys Weymouth School,Secretary
kdodd@rsu71.org • 342-5200

When leaving a message or sending an email, please indicate which PreK program you are interested in, your name, phone number, mailing address and your child’s date of birth.
If, due to extenuating circumstances, you wish to enroll your child in a school outside of your residential catchment, you must obtain written permission in the form of a Principal’s Agreement (for two schools within the same district) or Superintendent’s Agreement (from one district to another). Please contact your local school administrative office for more information. Resident students will be accepted first, and transportation is not provided for transfer students.

Step 3: Complete the Enrollment Process
Enrollment begins March 1 st and all paperwork must be returned no later than June 10th for a September start.

Please pick up a PreK enrollment packet at the school. We enroll children in the order we receive completed packets. Please return your completed packets as soon as possible. For your packet to be complete, you must complete all enclosed forms and provide your child’s state issued birth certificate, up-to-date immunization record (or an immunization exemption form for medical, religious or philosophical objection), and two documents proving your residency within the catchment. If you have any court documents you would like the district to adhere to, or any additional medical or developmental evaluations you would like us to be aware of, please provide them as well.

In the likely event we have more children return packets than we have space, any families not accepted will be added to a waitlist in the order we receive packets.

There will be a PreK screening at your school in late spring or early summer to provide you with an opportunity to meet the school staff and see your child’s classroom, as well as to gauge your child’s development. Screening results do not affect your enrollment, but do help us to tailor our teaching to your child. We will call the parents who have returned completed packets to schedule a time for screening. We will mail acceptance letters to the resident families who were accepted in late June. Approved transfer students will be accepted, as space allows, in August.


Documents & Resources

Documents:
Pre-K Parent Handbook
Immunization Requirements
Immunization Exemption Form

District Websites:
www.rsu71.org

CDS Referrals & CDS Workers:
• Contact Broadreach’s Special Services Coordinator, Shelly Wilbur (swilbur@brmaine.org) to make a referral for special education services.

Helpful Links:
Maine's Child Care Subsidy Program
Waldo Community Action Partner’s Transportation
Broadreach Administrative Office Contact List
Broadreach Agency Calendar
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Information about High/Scope Curriculum

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