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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.  

The Inclusive Preschool Program is located at the John R. Briggs Elementary School.


For the 2020-2021 school year, the preschool will offer the following options for community peers:


Two-Day Morning Preschool Programs

Monday & Tuesday 8:45-11:10 a.m.

Thursday & Friday 8:45-11:10 a.m.

Four-Day Afternoon Preschool Program

Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 12:00-2:30 p.m.


Tuition amounts are as follows:


Two-Day Morning Preschool Program 

Monthly Rate: $108.00 per month

Four-Day Afternoon Preschool Program

Monthly Rate: $216.00 per month


Please direct questions about the preschool program to Aimee Vera at avera@awrsd.org


The Learning Tree Inclusive Preschool Program may have a limited number of spots available for community peers beginning on Thursday, October 15th or Monday, October 19th. 

If you are interested in being considered as a community peer. Please complete an application.

Applications may be submitted electronically via Google Form or a paper copy may be printed, completed and mailed to: Pupil Services Office 11 Oakmont Drive, Ashburnham, MA 01430  

The deadline to be considered as a community peer is Monday, October 5, 2020.

If there are more applicants than spots available for community peers in the preschool program, a virtual public lottery drawing will be held. Should a lottery be necessary, it will be held on Wednesday, October 7th at 10:00 a.m. Families will receive a Google Meet link for the lottery. 

Please note: you do not need to be present virtually for the lottery to be considered.

Families will be notified by Thursday, October 8th if their child is accepted into the program.

If your child is accepted as a community peer into the preschool program, you will receive an enrollment package. Completed enrollment package is required before your child may begin the preschool program. 

Tuition for October will be adjusted based on start date. 

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