Early Childhood - Preschool and Pre-K


Preschool and Pre-K Opportunities for 3 and 4 Year Old Children for the 2022-2023 school year.


Request a Screening Appointment by filling out the form below. You will be contacted for our next screening event. 


  • Screenings are by Appointment Only.  Fill out the form below.

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


Children must be 3 years old or older on or before the screening date and reside within the boundaries of Groton Public Schools.

Learn more about our Early Childhood Programs Below. 




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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: 

Groton Public Schools Pupil Personnel 860-572-2153


Mystic River Magnet School and Thames River Magnet School welcome Groton Public Schools Preschool and Pre-K students.  



District Pre-Kindergarten Program

Any child who will be 4 on or before January 1, 2023 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.