Pupil Personnel Services Early Childhood Education Program

  • Program Description


    The Manchester Early Childhood Education Program provides a safe and nurturing environment for children three to five years old, with and without special needs. There are seven classes in total, offering both full and half day programming, located at Buckley Elementary School, Keeney Elementary School, Manchester High School, and the Manchester Preschool Center. Students are referred to the Early Childhood Education program from a variety of sources: parents, community based preschools, State of Connecticut Birth to Three Program, area preschools, and local pediatricians. The curriculum is in accordance with the Connecticut Preschool Frameworks with the caveat of providing individualized instruction based on student’s unique needs.   

    The integrated program promotes healthy emotional, social, cognitive, communicative and physical development of all children. An understanding of child development, respect for the individual needs of children, and ongoing assessment are all used to plan, organize and direct the program.
    Classes include blended groups of children ages three
    to five including:

    Children with developmental delays who are

    • Identified through a collaborative assessment and an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
    • Typically developing children who pay tuition to attend
    • Children who struggle to learn who receive support and instruction through Scientifically Researched-Based Interventions (SRBI)

    A team approach is used to facilitate learning. In addition to the classroom teacher and paraprofessional, the team may include:

    • Speech and Language Pathologist
    • Physical Therapist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Music Therapist
    • School Social Worker
    • School Nurse 


  • Peer Models

    Selection for enrollment will begin in May 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year.  Recognizing there may be many more applications than placements available; a lottery system will be utilized as a waiting list.  The ECEP Peer Component uses the following procedure to select students who will be enrolled in the program each year: 

    •  A child must be three years of age by August 31, 2018 in order to have his/her application placed in the lottery.  However, parents of children who will turn three years of age after August 31st may submit an application to be placed on the waiting list on or after their child’s third birthday.  The waiting list is for openings that may occur when enrolled children leave the program during the school year.
    • Children must be 3 or 4 years of age and must be toilet-trained to enter the Peer Model Program. 

    • All children must get their flu shot.

       As a peer model, we expect your child to demonstrate the following:

      • Age appropriate cognitive, motor, social, and speech/language skills.
      • The ability to initiate and maintain positive interactions with children.
      • Participate and sustain attention in group activities.
      • Follow adult directions. 
  • Child Find

    Learning Knows no Bounds

    What is Child Find? Child Find is a process, required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) to locate children birth through 21, who may have a disability, and be eligible for early intervention or special education services.

    Do you have questions or concerns about your child’s development? Preschool screenings could help you find some answers. Talk to your child’s pediatrician, preschool teacher or daycare provider about your concerns. You do not have to wait to see if your child will “outgrow” it. If you would like to address these concerns, call and make an appointment for a screening. Screenings are conducted on a monthly basis.