Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the Needham Preschool!
The Needham Preschool is the first step in your child's journey into the Needham Public Schools. Our program is comprised of six classrooms located in the Newman Elementary School, and we serve the educational needs of students who are three, four, and five years old in the town of Needham.
Classrooms are taught by masters-level teachers who are certified in both early childhood education and special education. This training and expertise enables teachers to differentiate their instruction and provide a rich and supportive learning environment for all children.
We are proud to offer an integrated preschool program in which children with different abilities are educated together, which is an inclusive educational model widely supported by research.
Classes are limited to 15 students and are supported by at least two teacher assistants (TAs).
Needham Preschool follows a developmental whole child philosophy. We focus on kindergarten readiness, as well as building your child's social-emotional skills and a love for learning. We help your child to become intellectually curious, promote play skills and friendships, develop their independence and problem-solving skills, and build their confidence and enthusiasm for school.
We have dedicated and highly specialized early childhood staff in our program, which is reflective of the commitment of the Needham Public Schools to early childhood education. Children benefit from the support and expertise of our Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, School Psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and Pediatric Nurse.
We have a supportive Preschool Parent Teacher Council (PTC) who work closely with us to create a positive and robust early childhood community, and bring in curriculum enrichment such as the New England Aquarium, Needham Firefighters, baby farm animals, puppet shows, and music/movement events.
We are very fortunate to be housed in the Newman Elementary School. You and your child have the opportunity to begin your relationship with the Needham Public Schools in one of the town's five elementary schools, which will help facilitate their transition to kindergarten. Also, our older Newman students like to visit now and then for fun activities with preschoolers, like book buddies and group painting projects. Many of them came to the Needham Preschool too!
Additionally, in our goal to be accessible to all members of the community, we are able to offer pricing that is very competitive with other programs in Needham.
Applications for the 2018-19 school year will be accepted as of September 1st, 2017, and families will be notified if they have a spot by October 1st, 2017. We expect to fill up quickly, so please submit your application soon!
The Needham Preschool offers monthly screenings for 3-5 year olds. ¬†¬†The screenings are offered to parents who have concerns for their child in the areas of Speech & Language, Cognition, Fine Motor or Gross Motor Skills.
For more information please call us at (781) 455-0416, ext. 140