Universal Pre-K/Act 166 Funding

  • Families may register their eligible children to receive Act 166 funding (follow link to learn more.) This funding will cover 10 hours/week of pre-K tuition at qualified programs throughout our community.

    2020-2021 School Year

    • Registration is open and ongoing for the 2020-2021 school year. Students with birth dates on/before September 1, 2017 are eligible to register
    • Visit our Act 166 Registration page for more information
    • The school 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

    • Registration is open and ongoing for the 2019-2020 school year. Students with birth dates on/before September 1, 2016 are eligible to register
    • Visit our Act 166 Registration page for more information
    • The school district encourages families to register for Act 166 funding by July 15th
    • 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. Deadline for 2020 is February 28!

    Pre-K Lottery Open

  • 2020-2021 School Year

    • The window for requesting a 2020-2021 pre-K slot is now open! Please click on the "Pre-K Lottery Form" button above to submit a registration request
    • All requests for school-based programs must be submitted by Friday February 28, 2020
    • A lottery drawing will be held in March 2020 to determine placement
    • The district will respond to all requests in April 2020; the district will not respond to any requests prior to April 2020

    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