Brunswick's Kidder Preschool (housed at Kidder Elementary School) originated in 1991. It is a preschool designed for both children with disabilities and their typically developing peers. This unique arrangement benefits all students. Typically-developing peers serve as role models for those with identified developmental delays, which helps them to develop skills necessary to be successful in school. In addition, typical peers gain a more personalized preschool experience that includes many teaching techniques not available in a regular preschool. Click here to find out more about Kidder Preschool.
Who may attend?Children may attend the preschool if they are between 3 to 5 years of age. If a child has a documented disability, it is generally in one of the following areas:
- communication skills (speech and/or language)
- hearing ability
- motor function
- social-emotional behavior
- visual abilities
- cognitive/pre-academic skills
How do I know if my child qualifies for Kidder Preschool?Our preschool staff members screen each child with a suspected disability. If in-depth testing is warranted, it is completed by a staff member qualified in a specific area such as speech or motor skills. Afterward, a written report is prepared which details each child's strengths and areas of need. State preschool rules determine eligibility for services.
I want my student to be a typical peer. What is required?If you are interested in your child becoming a typical peer in our preschool program, the first step is to contact our preschool registrar, Sarah Korte (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please do NOT register your child until after he/she has been screened by our preschool team.Peer models are typically developing children three to five years old, selected to participate within the preschool program. While benefiting from the preschool experience, these children provide peer interaction and social motivation for the identified preschooler with a disability. Because all children learn not only from adults, but also from watching and interacting with other children, peer models are an integral part of the preschool program. Peer relationships are important for the social, communicative, and cognitive development of every child.
How much is the tuition for typical peers?Tuition costs $160.00 per month.
What days and times do the children go to school?Your child would attend Monday through Friday for either an A.M. or P.M. session.The AM session time is 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.The PM session time is 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Is transportation provided?Some students with disabilities may qualify for special transportation. This will be determined at your child's IEP meeting. Transportation is not provided for typically-developing peers.
What school supplies will my student need?Please click HERE to find the school supply list for Kidder Preschool Students.