Friends Together Program
The Early Childhood Special Education Program at Long Meadow Elementary School accepts children ages three and four to participate in the "Friends Together Program." These children participate as role models for their peers with special needs in the preschool classroom. Applications to be role models in the Friends Together program are accepted in the Spring prior to the start of the school year. Children must be three years of age by June 30th and reside in either Middlebury or Southbury.
Children who are 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.
The Friends Together Meet and Greet for the 2020-21 school year will be held at Long Meadow Elementary School on Monday, March 16 from 6:30 to 8pm. The program is open to all parents or guardians of Region 15 preschool age children.
For additional 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 the Meet and Greet date or call the office to reserve your spot.
Listing files in 'Preschool Program Documents'