COVID-19 & Pre-K Registration

  • All EWSD school buildings and district offices are presently closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we are unable to collect hard copies of registration paperwork at this time. For school-based programs (see details below), we will send out a mailing to families at a later date, enclosing the appropriate paperwork and instructions for completion. For Universal Pre-K/Act 166 (see details below), families may email enrollment documentation to Johanna at jsimmons@ewsd.org at any time or wait until buildings re-open to submit hard copies. Thank you!


EWSD Prekindergarten Options

Universal Pre-K/Act 166 Funding


  • Act 166 funding covers 10 hours/week of pre-K tuition at qualified programs throughout our community. Please visit our Act 166 FAQs page for additional information.

    Eligible students are at least 3 years old on September 1st.

    Registration is open and ongoing.

  • 2020-2021 School Year

    • Students with birth dates on/before September 1, 2017 are eligible to register for the 2020-2021 school year
    • Visit our Act 166 Registration page for more information
    • The district encourages families to register for Act 166 funding by July 15th
    • Act 166 fund distribution for the 2020-2021 school year is pro-rated based on a September 1, 2020 start date
    • If you receive Act 166 funding through EWSD during the 2019-2020 school year, you do not need to re-register for the 2020-2021 school year

    2019-2020 School Year

    • Students with birth dates on/before September 1, 2016 are eligible to register for the current school year
    • Visit our Act 166 Registration page for more information
    • Act 166 fund distribution for the 2019-2020 school year is pro-rated based on a September 1, 2019 start date

Prekindergarten at EWSD Elementary Schools

  • The Essex Westford School District offers school-based prekindergarten programs at Essex Elementary School, Hiawatha Elementary School, Summit Street School, and Westford School.

    Eligible students are at least 3 years old on September 1st.

    Space is limited in our school-based programs, and placement is determined by a lottery draw each year.

  • 2020-2021 School Year

    • The window for requesting a 2020-2021 pre-K slot is now closed
    • A lottery drawing was held in mid-March to determine placement, and initial placement letters have been mailed to families
    • For additional information, or to request a spot on the 2020-2021 pre-K registration waiting list, please contact Johanna at jsimmons@ewsd.org

    2019-2020 School Year

    • For information regarding prekindergarten enrollment for the current school year, and/or to request a spot on the current year waiting list, please contact Johanna at jsimmons@ewsd.org