Friends Together

Region 15 is again offering an exciting educational opportunity for selected preschool children in the 2017-18 school year. The Early Childhood Special Education Program currently located at Long Meadow Elementary School is looking for three and four year old children to participate in the preschool classroom as role models for their peers with special needs. In order to be considered, children must be age four by June 1, 2018 and reside in either Middlebury or Southbury.

Children selected as role models will participate in an age appropriate curriculum that will foster cognitive and social growth in preparation for kindergarten. This program is play based and language rich. Children learn to share, take turns, and work as a team when completing tasks. Development of self-esteem is an important component of this program as well. As the children become more aware of their abilities and help one another learn, they experience the benefits of improved self-confidence.

The "Friends Together" program will follow the Region 15 school calendar. Morning sessions are held 9:00 - 11:30 and afternoon sessions 1:00 - 3:30. Tuition rates will be determined once the school budget is decided.

Children will be screened and selected based on strong language skills and appropriate social/peer interactions. Depending on level of interest, a lottery system may be implemented, if necessary.

The open house date is still to be determined.  For further information and/or application, please call the office of Student Services, at 758-8259, ext. 2. The application is also available below. If you do download the application and plan on attending the open house, we ask that you submit the paperwork before February 3rd or call the office to reserve your spot.

APPLICATION: Click here to download the application & proof of residency.