Preschool



Program Description

The Oxford Integrated Preschool Program provides a safe and nurturing environment for children three to five years old, with and without special needs. There are four classes in total, offering half day programming, located at Chaffee Elementary School. Students are referred to the Early Childhood Education program from a variety of sources: parents, community based preschools, State of Massachusetts Early Intervention Program, area preschools, and local pediatricians. The curriculum is in accordance with the Massachusetts Preschool Frameworks with the caveat of providing individualized instruction based on a 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 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
A team approach is used to facilitate learning. In addition to the classroom teacher and instructional aide, the team may include:
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • School Guidance Counselor
  • School Nurse

Peer Models

Selection for enrollment will begin in May 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. The Oxford Public School District requires a cost-free developmental screening for three and four year old children who are interested in attending our Integrated Preschool Programs. Recognizing there may be many more applications than placements available; a lottery system will be utilized as a waiting list. The Peer Component uses the following procedure to select students who will be enrolled in the program each year:
  • Children must be three years of age by August 31st in order to have his/her application placed in the lottery. 
  • Children must be 3 or 4 years of age by August 31st, must be toilet-trained, and must be an Oxford Resident to enter the Peer Model Program.

 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. 


Preschool Brochure 

Please refer to the Preschool Brochure below for details including session information and cost.

School Year 2018-2019

Families will be contacted once their child is screened and receives a peer model slot. 

Once accepted into the Preschool program registration is a separate process. All new students must register for Preschool. The registration webpage can be found on the district website, www.oxps.org, under Parent Links, or by clicking the link below.

Contacts:
  • Questions regarding the screening process please call Susan Davis at 508-987-6050, ext. 1125 or email sdavis@oxps.org. 
  • Questions regarding the Preschool Program and/or the Child Find process please call Kristin Miller at 508-987-6050, ext. 1121 or email kmiller@oxps.org. 
  • Questions regarding student registration please call Debora Brassard at 508-987-6050, ext. 1128 or email dbrassard@oxps.org. 

Child Find   

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 during the school year are scheduled on Friday Mornings at the A. M. Chaffee School located at 9 Clover Street, Oxford, MA 01540.

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 during the school year are scheduled on Friday Mornings at the A. M. Chaffee School located at 9 Clover Street, Oxford, MA 01540.

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