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Inclusive Preschool Program


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The Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District offers Inclusive Preschool Classroom Programs for children, ages 3-5 who require special education services, and those who do not. Inclusion in preschool refers to including children with disabilities in early childhood programs together with their community peers without disabilities, holding high expectations and intentionally promoting participation in all learning and social activities facilitated by individualized accommodations and using evidence-based services and supports to foster child development in the areas of cognition, language, communication, physical, behavioral, and social-emotional, as well as fostering friendships with peers, and an overall sense of belonging. 


Instruction for all children is developmentally appropriate and aligned with the Massachusetts Guidelines for Preschool Early Learning Standards.  


For the 2022-2023 school year, AWRSD will have Inclusive Preschool Programming located at both the John R. Briggs Elementary School in Ashburnham and the Meetinghouse School in Westminster. Students will attend preschool in their town of residence. There are a limited number of spots available

for community peers. Community peers must be age three as of September 1, 2022.


Tuition costs have been determined by the Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School Committee. Transportation is the responsibility of the family. 

For the 2022-2023 school year, the preschool will offer the following options for community peers:


Two-Day Morning Preschool Program

Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45-11:10 a.m.

Tuition: $108.00 per month / $1,080.00 per year


Three-Day Morning Preschool Program

Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:45-11:10 a.m.

Tuition: $158.00 per month / $1,580.00 per year


Four-Day Afternoon Preschool Program

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:00-2:30 p.m.

Tuition: $216.00 per month / $2,160.00 per year


Application and Lottery Process for Community Peers

To be considered as a community peer for the 2022-2023 inclusive preschool, please complete an application.  Applications may be submitted electronically via the  Google Form available here.  Applications may also be submitted in paper format. These can be printed here or obtained in person at the AWRSD Superintendent's Office located at 11 Oakmont Drive, Ashburnham, MA. Paper applications should be returned by mail to: AWRSD Pupil Services Office Attn.: Kristie Ayres 11 Oakmont Drive, Ashburnham, MA 01430. 

The deadline for consideration as a community peer is Friday, April 8, 2022. All applications must be received by this date. 

Siblings of current Learning Tree preschool students who will continue to be in the Learning Tree preschool for the 2022-2023 year, will be placed in the preschool program prior to the lottery, provided space is available. Completion of an application is still required for siblings.

If there are more applicants than spots available for community peers in the preschool programs, a public virtual lottery drawing will be held via Google Meet. Should a lottery be necessary, it will be held on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 10:00AM.  All applicants placed into the lottery will receive an email prior to the 29th which will contain the Google Meet link, should there be interest in viewing live.  Please note: you do not need to be present virtually for the lottery to be considered.

All families will be notified of their child’s acceptance by Friday, May 6, 2022.

If your child is accepted as a community peer into the preschool program, you will receive an enrollment package. Completed enrollment package is required by May 20, 2022. Your child’s spot in the program will be forfeited if the enrollment package is not returned by the due date. 

A wait list will be maintained once program capacity has been reached.

Please direct questions about the preschool program to Kristie Ayres at kayres@awrsd.org or by phone at 978-827-3062.