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Welcome to the Preschool Program!

Meet the teachers.

We take pride in providing a variety of developmentally appropriate learning experiences to make your child’s initial school experience a positive and memorable one. The classroom environment is bright and child-centered, and we have experienced and well-qualified teaching and support staff.

The classroom population consists of children who exhibit disabilities, which may include speech and language, social/emotional, fine motor, gross motor, and/or cognitive delays. The integrated model includes the addition of typically developing peers.

Children with special needs are identified for the program through monthly screenings and early intervention programs. For children identified through early intervention programs, a transition meeting is scheduled with the family approximately ninety days prior to their third birthday to review the child’s current program. At this meeting the evaluation process is reviewed and program options are explained. When consent is signed, an observation of the child is conducted in their natural environment. Assessments are scheduled by appropriate staff in the areas of suspected disability. Once assessments are completed a team meeting is held to discuss the results and make appropriate recommendations. For children who are referred through early intervention this meeting is held prior to the child’s third birthday so services may commence on the child’s third birthday.

The Preschool is located in the primary school of the Elementary School campus. Preschool is in session during the hours of:
Morning Session: 8:30-10:45 AM
Afternoon Session: 11:45 AM-2:30 PM

If you feel that your preschooler, age 2½ to 5 (just before kindergarten), has special needs, please contact the school and schedule a screening. Screenings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month throughout the school year. 

For more information regarding this program, you may call the Carver Elementary School at (508) 866-6210.

Mrs. Blackden
First Floor, RM 143

Mr. Lauzon
First Floor, RM 144

Mrs. Wethington
First Floor, RM 142

Role Model/Typical Peers:

The Carver Public Schools’ Preschool Program, located at the Carver Elementary School, is currently scheduling peer model screening appointments for the 2022-2023 school year.  Screenings will be held by appointment on Wednesdays in April and May.

A screening is required for acceptance into the program. Children considered are those who do not currently receive special education services and are not in need of special education services. Applicants are expected to demonstrate age appropriate skills (within 6 months) in the areas of speech and language, cognitive/school readiness, fine and gross motor development, and social/emotional and behavioral development. In addition, a child must be at least 3 years of age by September 1, 2022 and toilet trained.  They must also be a resident of Carver and families must provide transportation to and from the program.  Those children found eligible will be entered into a lottery.  Appropriate peer model students who are not selected in the lottery will be placed on a waiting list.  Please note that slots are limited.

This is a fee based program for peer model students.  The fee for each half day session is $12.00.

We currently offer 2, 3, and 4 day half day preschool options.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact the Carver Elementary School Office at (508) 866-6210.


Preschool Role Model Criteria 2023-24

Carver Elementary School offers an integrated preschool program that includes students with special needs and typically developing peers or role models. Peer role model students exhibit the following criteria:

  • The child must be 3 years old by September 1, 2023.
  • The child must be toilet trained.
  • The child should demonstrate age-appropriate language, self-help, behavior, social/emotional, and pre-academic skills.

Here are some examples of what we are looking for from a role model student:


  • Your child should be able to separate from a primary caregiver.
  • They should show an interest in other children.
  • Your child should be able to sit and attend to a group for 10 minutes.
  • They can follow simple directions and rules and accept limits set by adults. 


  • Your child should be able to express basic wants and needs.
  • They take care of toileting needs and wash and dry their hands independently.
  • They can help with classroom chores. 


  • Your child should be able to play in a small group, take turns, and begin to understand the feelings of others.
  • They can use materials safely and appropriately.
  • They engage in new activities willingly. 


  • Most of your child’s speech is intelligible during out-of-context conversations.
  • They can answer simple who, what, and where questions.
  • They speak in sentences with 3+ words and engage in reciprocal conversations. 

Pre-academic skills:

  • Your child can say their name and age.
  • They complete age-appropriate puzzles.
  • They engage in rote counting.
  • They identify basic colors and shapes.
  • They listen as books are read.



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