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Westfield Preschool Registration Ends Jan. 19

General education students are selected by lottery.

The is now accepting applications for the Preschool Program for the 2012 – 2013 school year.

Located at s Early Childhood Learning Center, the program, which uses the Creative Curriculum for Preschool, is comprised of general education students and students who have been found eligible for special education.

General education students will be selected for this program by lottery. Preschool classes will meet Monday through Friday, from 8:45 to 11:15 a.m. for the three year old morning session and from 12:30 to 3 p.m. for the four year old afternoon session.

Applicants must be residents of Westfield and three or four years of age before Oct. 1, 2012. Applications for the lottery will be available on the district website. During school hours, applications may also be obtained in person at Lincoln School, the Office of Special Education Services and the main office of any of the elementary schools in Westfield.

All applications must be returned to Lincoln School no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19.

The lottery drawing will be held at Lincoln School on Friday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. Parents of applicants are welcome to attend but need not be present at the drawing. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by phone and mail.

All children currently registered in the district's three year old program do not need to take part in the lottery. They will automatically be admitted with an updated application form.

Children who are not selected for the program will be placed on a waiting list. Special education students are included in the Preschool Program as determined by the District Child Study Team.

An original birth certificate with a raised seal and proof of residency will be required for those students admitted to the program. A tuition fee of $320 per month will be charged for participation in this program for the 2012-2013 school year. Students who qualify under the income eligibility guidelines set forth under the Federal Child Nutrition Program may be eligible for a reduced charge.

For more information, please call Lincoln School at (908) 789-4455.

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