Early Childhood - Preschool and Pre-K


District Wide Integrated Peer Role Model Preschool and Pre-K Opportunities for Groton 3 and 4 Year Old Children.


Request a Screening Appointment here for Your 3 or 4 Year Old for the 2021-2022 School Year!  You will be contacted for our next screening event. 


  • Screenings are by Appointment Only.

  • Call 860-572-2155 if you have any questions.


Children must be 3 years old or older on or before the screening date.

Learn more about our Early Childhood Programs Below. 




How is Your Child Doing?

Download "sparkler" for free today to check in on the development your 0-5 year old's heart, mind, body, and words with the Ages & Stages Questionnaires and to find fun ways to learn through play together!  Learn more

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Our two new elementary schools Mystic River Magnet School and Thames River Magnet School will welcome Groton Preschool and Pre-K students beginning in September 2021.  


Learn more about our Magnet Elementary Schools!  Click Here.





Bus Transportation will also be available beginning in September for Pre-K and Preschool students.


Early childhood education is the foundation for lifelong success for all students. 

Groton Public Schools offers a variety of opportunities for preschool aged children (ages 3-4) and a very comprehensive full-day Kindergarten program (5 year olds).  As a participant in the State of Connecticut's School Readiness Grant Program, Groton also provides additional opportunities for preschoolers and Kindergarten transition activities for in-coming students.

In addition, Groton Public Schools is an active member of Children First Groton, a local early childhood collaborative working to improve the social, emotional, and academic performance of children birth through eight. 




Pre-Kindergarten Program

Any child who will be 4 on or before January 1, 2022 is encouraged to be screened for Pre-Kindergarten. 

The goal of this program is to provide eligible children with an opportunity to acquire appropriate readiness skills needed for a successful kindergarten experience.

The screening process is used to determine eligibility. Children scoring within a target range will be selected for the program.


Integrated Preschool

Peer Role Models

Children with strong skills in the areas of readiness, language, and socialization, act as peer role models in the Integrated Special Needs Preschool program. 

Children with eligible screening scores are selected by a lottery process for the program.  Participants for this program must be at least 3 years old on or before the screening date

Early Childhood Assessement Team (ECAT)


The key to effective programs and services, for a handicapped child, is early assessment, identification, and programming. Groton Pubic Schools, through community contact and outreach efforts, strives to identify children at an early age who needs special education and related services.

If a parent, caregiver, or early childhood provider suspects that a child, between the ages of 3-5 years old, may have some developmental delays or special concerns they should contact the team to discuss further assessment.  This is a free service available to all Groton families who are concerned about their child's growth and development.  All screening and assessment is confidential.

If the team determines that a child does have a disability or developmental delay, appropriate programming and services will be provided as determined by the planning and placement team.  



Early Childhood Assessment Team: 



Contact the ECAT team regarding a screening or specific questions during normal elementary school hours.