In the Greenwich Public Schools Preschool Program we recognize that each child develops at his or her own natural pace. We nurture this natural progression of development and provide each child with opportunities for growth at each developmental stage.
**** The window for GPS Preschool lottery applications for the 2024 - 2025 school year is now open and will close on January 31st 2024. Please click on lottery application below to apply. ****
- Program Overview
- How to Apply
- Lottery Application
- Locations and Hours
- Children with Identified Special Needs
- Preschool at a Glance
- Bridging to K
- Parent/Caregiver/School Resources
- Deposit and Tuition
- The Greenwich Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program targets instruction for children with identified special needs alongside their typically developing peers.
- The GPS Integrated Preschool Program was developed 50 years ago in alignment with special education laws to provide free and appropriate public education for preschool students.
- Our teachers are duly certified by the State of Connecticut in both Special Education and General Education.
- The Greenwich Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program is a structured, center-based program, where each child participates in instructional activities/experiences, which address the areas of communication, cognition, self-help, fine/gross motor and social emotional development.
The GPS Integrated preschool program adheres to the Connecticut Early Learning Development Standards that promote:
- Equity for all children, through setting high, but appropriate, expectations;
- High quality early learning experiences, by providing clear goals and trajectories for learning;
- Provision of individual support, based on each child’s growth and development;
- Families’s understanding of what their children are learning and how they can support them;
- Teachers’ understanding of age-appropriate content and approaches to children’s learning, and;
- Communication across sectors, based upon these common goals for children.
Age Eligibility for Students
Students who will turn three years old but will NOT turn five years old by September 1st of the following year are eligible to apply for entrance to the GPS Preschool Program. The GPS Preschool follows state guidelines for kindergarten entrance the year that the student reaches their fifth birthday.
- The online lottery application must be completed for all new students whose parents wish to apply to the Greenwich Public Schools Preschool Program. Students currently attending the Greenwich Public Schools Preschool Program who are eligible to attend preschool for another year DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY.
- Please indicate which age/gender lottery you are entering for your child based on their age as of September 1, 2024. There are four (4) separate lotteries: 3 year old female, 3 year old male, 4 year old female, 4 year old male
- There are Preschool classrooms located at the following schools: Hamilton Avenue (magnet), Julian Curtiss (magnet), New Lebanon (magnet), North Street School, Old Greenwich School, please note that site location can not be guaranteed.
- Please indicate your rank order preference among the five preschool locations: Julian Curtiss, New Lebanon, Hamilton Avenue, North Street, Old Greenwich. Please also indicate any locations which you are not interested in.
- Students will be accepted into schools based on maintaining balanced classes (age and gender). Please note, town residents and employees are eligible to attend however town residents will have priority over town employees. For Hamilton Avenue, Julian Curtiss, and New Lebanon schools,
- First priority will be given to students whose siblings attend as K-4 magnet students respectively.
- Second priority for placement will be given to students whose siblings attend Hamilton Avenue, Julian Curtiss, and New Lebanon as a K-4 resident.
- Remaining spaces will be allocated based on maintaining the gender/age balance of each class.
- If more than one child in a family is applying to the preschool program, each child must complete a separate lottery application. There is no guarantee that all children applying from one family will be accepted.
- Parents will be contacted if/when they receive a placement in one of our preschool classes. You may be contacted up until August for placement due to ongoing enrollment.
- You will have 5 days to provide payment information to confirm your child’s acceptance in the preschool program.
- A waitlist will be maintained based on age and gender. If you decline your initial placement you will be removed from the waitlist for any school.
If you have any additional questions, you may call the Preschool Office at 203-698-7796
The window for GPS Preschool lottery applications for the 2024 - 2025 school year is now open and will close on January 31st 2024.
You will be notified of your lottery result by March 31, 2024 at the email address provided in the application.
Age Eligibility for Typical Students
Students who will turn 3 years old but will NOT turn 5 years old by September 1st 2024 are eligible to apply for entrance to the GPS Preschool Program. Entrance into the program is based on a lottery.
Preschool Locations are as follows:
Hamilton Avenue School, New Lebanon School, Julian Curtiss School,
North Street School and Old Greenwich School
To view the address and time of the preschool day at each location click on the school names below.
Julian Curtiss School
180 East Elm Street
Greenwich, CT 06830
203 869 1896
Preschool hours: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Parents, pediatricians, community preschools and/or the Connecticut Birth to 3 program may initiate a preschool referral to the special education process. Referrals to this process may be made throughout the school year. Team decisions regarding evaluation, eligibility, and recommendations for appropriate educational programming and placement are determined at Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meetings. Parents are important members of the PPT process. Once a student is determined eligible to receive Special Education services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP), developed and educational programming determined.
Speech and Language Pathologist
Special Education Instruction Coach
Speech and Language Pathologist
In an effort to ensure we are providing our students with the most up-to-date research based instruction, we are excited to announce the implementation of a new curriculum for the 23-24 school year and beyond. During September of 2022, the preschool program began a year-long curriculum vetting process that started with sixteen of the most well respected preschool curriculum programs. With specific goals in mind such as increasing family engagement, consistency across all of our buildings, and several others, we decided on the Creative Curriculum for Preschool. Feel free to take a look at our presentation to the Board of Education. Creative Curriculum is designed to inspire children through project based and investigative learning.
To help build a foundation of literacy for our students, we began to implement the Fundations Reading Program from WIlson during the 2022-2023 school year. Fundations is research based and utilizes a multi-sensory approach to reading, writing, and spelling instruction. Fundations lessons are given on a daily basis in all of our preschool classrooms.
Independent toileting and self help skills are strongly encouraged when entering the preschool program. When entering our program it is important to communicate your child’s level of training in order to ensure carry over of skills from home to school. If your child is not toilet trained, pull ups, wipes, and gloves will need to be provided to the school.
Each day children should wear comfortable, washable play clothes to school. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended for classroom and outdoor play. If your child wears snow boots to school please send shoes in their backpack.
We spend a part of each day outside (weather permitting), running, jumping, and climbing. Please do not send your child with necklaces and sharp jewelry as they may pose a safety hazard during active play. Please dress your child according to the weather with appropriate outerwear. Mittens, hats, snow pants, boots and scarves should be clearly labeled with your child’s name. For safety please be sure that mittens, hats and jackets do not have hanging strings.
Before the school year begins, your child’s teacher will communicate the supplies they will need for the school year. This may include a change of clothing, diaper and wipes if applicable, daily snack, a backpack large enough for a lunch box and folder, and/or various school supplies. At that time the teacher will communicate arrival and dismissal routines specific to the school your child will be attending.
In order to provide the receiving Kindergarten team with the most updated academic information related to the incoming student, please complete the K profile. The information should be emailed directly to the assistant principals at the receiving elementary school no later than April 28, 2023. Please see the table below for the name and email address for each of the assistant principals. Should you have any questions about the student's home school, please refer to the GPS School Finder.
Assistant Principal (AP)
AP Email Address
International School at Dundee
|Mary Dolan Collette
The following are resources available to families of student with disabilities. Some of these services are available through your Parent Teacher Association Council (PTAC)/ Educational Differences Support (EDS) Committee School Representatives.
Preschool Parent Guide - English
Preschool Parent Guide - Spanish