2016-17 public preschool application available

The Maine Department of Education is making an online application form available again this year that will make it easier for districts to apply for State approval of new or expanding public preschool programs.

This application must be completed and submitted to the Maine DOE by July 15, 2016 in order to receive approval for a public preschool.

If a town or school administrative unit is in the planning process for a new or expanded preschool program, please submit a letter of intent to Acting Education Commissioner Bill Beardsley as soon as possible. This letter does not obligate a district to open a preschool; however, it is required in Chapter 124 and notifies Maine DOE of how many new or expanded programs are needed for review.

For any questions, resources or support regarding public preschool planning, contact Maine DOE’s Early Childhood Specialist Sue Reed at susan.d.reed@maine.gov or 624-6632.