Medford preschool registration open

Three and four year olds are eligible for the half-day program.

Lola Kirkland, of third grade, reads the rhyming tongue-twisters of ‘Fox in Socks’ by Dr. Seuss as preschooler Jack Kleier tries to follow in March 2020(Krystal Nurse/ The Sun).

The Medford Township School District will be accepting 3-year-old and 4-year-old children into its integrated preschool program for the 2021-2022 school year. 

The district is excited to be able to offer this high quality, half day preschool program where students, with and without disabilities, learn together in a supportive environment. This preschool experience will offer children an opportunity to learn and socialize with peers in a nurturing and meaningful learning environment. Each classroom is staffed by a teacher who holds both preschool and special education certifications and instructional assistants. Occupational, physical and speech therapies may also be integrated into the classrooms. This developmentally-appropriate, play-based program addresses early reading and math skills, language development, fine and gross motor skills, related arts and social skills. The curriculum (Creative Curriculum Gold) is state approved and aligned with state standards in order to prepare students for the district’s kindergarten program. 

Morning (8:20 to 11 a.m.) and afternoon (11:45 to 2:25 p.m.) sections will be held at the Kirby’s Mill Elementary School. Parent preference will be considered, but not guaranteed. The cost for the program is $3,400.00 per year. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school.

In order to qualify for the program, your child must meet the following criteria: age 3 or 4 by Oct. 1, 2021, toilet trained, up-to-date immunizations. Students eligible for entrance into kindergarten in September 2021 will not be considered for enrollment in the preschool program.

 To enroll your child, you will need to complete the application by clicking the link below: https://forms.gle/b9GXNrp8RKt9NNKM9 

To complete the application process, a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $150.00 (cash or check made payable to Medford Township Public Schools) should be mailed or dropped off within 7 days of application at: Medford Twp. Board of Education Office Attn: Office of Educational Support Services 137 Hartford Road Medford, NJ 08055. 

Children will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis beginning Jan. 25, 2021, according to the order of completion of the application process. Residents of Medford Township will have first consideration. Parents/Guardians of children who are currently enrolled in the 3-year-old program will have first right of refusal for the 4-year-old program. Parents/Guardians may request that their child be placed on a waiting list when all slots have been filled.