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.  

Early Childhood Contact:  Pupil Personnel 860-572-2153

Early Childhood Assessment 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.  

Contact the team with regarding a screening or specific questions at the location below:

Early Childhood Assessment Team

(860) 449-5653

The ECAT team is available during normal elementary school hours.