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.

  • 2021-2022 School Year

    • Students with birth dates on/before September 1, 2018 are eligible to register for the current school year
    • Visit our Act 166 Registration page for more information
    • Act 166 fund distribution for the 2021-2022 school year is pro-rated based on a September 7, 2021 start date
  • 2022-2023 School Year

    • Students with birth dates on/before September 1, 2019 are eligible to register for next school year
    • Visit our Act 166 Registration page for more information
    • If you receive Act 166 funding through EWSD during the current school year, you do not need to re-register for next school year
    • Act 166 fund distribution for the 2022-2023 school year will be pro-rated based on a September 1, 2022 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.

  • 2021-2022 School Year

    • The district is currently operating an enrollment waiting list for all prekindergarten classrooms. For additional information, or to request a spot on the 2021-2022 waiting list, please contact Johanna at jsimmons@ewsd.org
  • 2022-2023 School Year

    • The window for requesting a 2022-2023 pre-K slot is now open! This window will close Friday February 25th
    • Please click on the "Pre-K Lottery Form" button below to submit a pre-K registration request
    • A lottery drawing will be held in March to determine placement
    • The district will respond to all requests in April; the district will not respond to any requests prior to April

    Pre-K Lottery Form