Prekindergarten at Essex Elementary School

  • 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.

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    TWO Morning Classrooms: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, 7:45 - 10:45 a.m.
    TWO Afternoon Classrooms: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, 11:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

  • 2021-2022 School Year

    • The window for requesting a 2021-2022 pre-K slot is now closed
    • A lottery drawing was held in March to determine placement, and initial placement letters have been mailed to families
    • For additional information, or to request a spot on the 2021-2022 pre-K registration waiting list, please contact Johanna at

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.