Public Preschool


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Welcome to Public Preschool in Maine.  In Maine, it is a local decision for School Administrative Units (SAUs) to develop and implement a public preschool program (also called a public Pre-K). Children must be 4 years old on or before October 15th of the school year to be eligible for enrollment.  Currently, public Pre-K in Maine is not universally available for all 4-year-olds. The Early Learning Team here at the Maine Department of Education is happy to offer the following support and information to SAUs who currently house public pre-k programs and to those who are looking to implement a program.


 
Public Preschool Resources
 
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Establishing a Program

Start here with information and resources to support the implementation of new and expanding public pre-k programs and community partnerships.
 

Establishing a Program

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Curriculum & Instruction

Review and compare evidence-based curricula that are designed to serve preschool-age children.
 

 

Curriculum & Instruction

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Assessment

Resources for formal assessment tools that are aligned to the Maine Early Learning & Development Standards

 

Assessment

 

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Technical Assistance Program

Find information on our tri-annual and ongoing technical assistance program for public pre-k programs. 

    Technical Assistance Program

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    Maine Early Learning & Development Standards (MELDS)

    Find information about our state's early learning development continuum.
     

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    State Pre-K Data

    Information and data collected by our Early Learning Team focusing on public pre-k in Maine

     

    Public Pre-K Data

     

    Contact

    Nicole Madore
    Early Childhood Specialist
    Office of Innovation
    Phone: 207-446-3967
    Email: Nicole.Madore@maine.gov


    Marcy Whitcomb
    Public Pre-K Consultant
    Office of Innovation
    Phone: 207-441-2651
    Email: Marcy.Whitcomb@maine.gov