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Friends Together PreSchool Program

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The Friends Together Peer Model Program is no longer accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year. 

Registration for the 2023-24 school year will begin the week of January 9, 2023. All inquiries will be addressed at that time as we are updating our registration process. We appreciate your patience.

The Region 15 Special Education program is a comprehensive public pre-school program located at Long Meadow Elementary School. Children ages 3-5 attend mixed age class sessions, based on the individual needs of the student. 

Our integrated program is designed to meet the needs of students who are typically developing and students who have special education needs. The curriculum is designed as an interdisciplinary, language/literature/ motor/play-based program, based on Connecticut Framework. Students receive instruction in kindergarten readiness skills and address individual needs through speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social skills education, behavioral consultation, psychological and counseling services.

Region 15 Schools offers a peer model program as part of the special education program, known as "Friends Together."

Applications to be role models in the Friends Together PreSchool program are accepted in the Spring prior to the start of the school year (applications open mid-January). Children must be three years of age by June 1st and reside in either Middlebury or Southbury and must demonstrate independence with toileting skills.

Children will be selected based on strong language skills and appropriate social/peer interactions. Program specifics including tuition and schedules will be shared at the time of the screening.

The "Friends Together" program follows the Region 15 school calendar. Morning sessions are 9:00 - 11:30 am and afternoon sessions are 1:00 - 3:30 pm. Please note there are limited full day spaces available.

Contact

Office of Student Services
Pam Curley, (203) 758-8259, ext. 1045

Pre School Screening Information
Alison Kimble-Cusano, (203) 758-1144 x 2101

Friends Together PreSchool Program
(203) 758-1144 x 2101

PreSchool Handbook

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Sparkler is an evidence-based, mobile family engagement platform available in English and Spanish which is working with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood and 211 Child Development to help all Connecticut families of 0 to 5 year olds.

Sparkler offers:

  • Tracking tools designed to monitor children’s social-emotional, cognitive, communication, and physical development, including the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®.
  • Content that helps parents/caregivers support their children’s learning and development. Sparkler has a library of 1500+ play-based learning activities developed by early childhood educators and is adding more all the time.
  • Messaging tools to give parents/caregivers advice and support.

Please visit Connecticut's Play Sparkler page to learn more.