ORR Preschool Openings Available

Superintendent Michael S. Nelson is pleased to announce that openings are available in the Old Rochester Regional School District and MA Superintendency Union #55 Project GROW preschool program.

            Project GROW was established in an effort to provide high-quality preschooling to children in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester. 

            “Our inclusive and accessible Project GROW program exemplifies our commitment to providing every child with the opportunity to learn and thrive regardless of their abilities and background,” said Superintendent Nelson. “We are thankful to the staff who work very hard to give these preschoolers a memorable and positive first classroom experience.”

            The goal of the program is to provide preschool to children whose families have been unable to enroll in another program and who desire a preschool experience. The program also aims to provide an inclusive learning environment for children with special needs.

            The program consists of two classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays at $2,520 per year; and Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at $3,780 per year.

            Classes take place from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Sippican School and Rochester Memorial School, and 8:50 am to 12:50 pm for the Center School. All classes follow the public-school calendar. Families with preschool-aged children participating in the program can attend at the school located in their respective town.

            Openings are available to all children who reside in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester who will reach age 3 before September 1.

            Preference is given to children who may be considered educationally at risk, children who have special needs, children with no preschool experience, children in foster care, children who have experienced homelessness and families that meet tuition-assistance eligibility guidelines. Preference is also given to those with parents who have special needs or a disability, parents in active military service, teen parents and children cared for by a grandparent or guardian.

            “Our high-quality preschool program is dedicated to providing a nurturing environment where every child, especially those with special needs, can receive an excellent education,” said Early Childhood Coordinator Doreen Lopes. “Our hope is that every child has the opportunity to learn and grow to their fullest potential.”

            There will be many opportunities for parents and guardians to get involved in their child’s educational experience through the program, and they are encouraged to participate. Parents and guardians are reminded that they are responsible for providing transportation to and from the program each day. Each preschool class is staffed by a certified teacher and assistant. The program aligns with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and follows the High/Scope curriculum.

            To register your child for the program, visit oldrochester.org/departments/early-childhood-programs/project-grow?

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