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March 15, 2013

Column: Schools have something to offer early learners

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Slots for peer models are offered through a lottery process. Students must have turned 3 by Sept. 1, 2012, in order to enter the lottery. Financial assistance is available for those with proven need. The lottery process is open to all.

If you believe your 3-, 4- or 5-year-old may have a disability, please attend one of our preschool screenings. The screening process includes a brief interview with the parent and child, and a formal “assessment.” During the screening, children stay with their parents and are asked to complete a number of developmentally appropriate tasks. If you or the screening team has concerns, special education staff members will be available to answer your questions about further testing and next steps.

The Salem Public Schools staff looks forward to getting to know you and your child. We believe that our inclusive preschool program builds a lifelong foundation for learning, respecting human differences and nurturing friendships. We hope you will join us!

If you have any questions regarding the preschool program or the screening process, please feel free to call the preschool office at 978-740-1181.

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Margaret Marotta is assistant superintendent of pupil personnel services for the Salem Public Schools. This is one in a series of regular columns from the schools’ Community Advisory Board.

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