For Parents

What is the Early Learning Center (ELC)?

The ELC provides comprehensive preschool and related services for children who reside in Attleboro and are between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. Incompliance with Chapter 766 federally mandated Child Find procedures, the staff of the ELC works cooperatively with Kennedy Donovan Early Intervention and community based agencies and preschools to identify children with special education needs and provide opportunity for preschool education and/or related services for those children who are eligible.

What is the Peer Model Program?

The ELC also provides a peer model program for children between the ages of 3-5. Students identified as peer models attend our preschool program either 3 mornings or 3 afternoons per week. Tuition is based on a sliding fee scale.

What curriculum does the ELC follow?

Our curriculum follows the Massachusetts Department of Education Guidelines for Preschool Experiences and the National Standards for Math and ELA.

What about our ELC staff?

Our staff provides an exceptional level of expertise. Teachers are dually certified in early childhood education and special education. All ELC teachers and ParaProfessionals are considered Highly Qualified by National and Massachusetts standards. Therapy staff meet or exceed the standards set forth by their related disciplines.

Continuum of Services offered through ELC

Speech Therapy Full Day special education placements for children with multiple and/or significant disabilities
Occupational Therapy Summer service options for children with disabilities
Physical Therapy
Behavior Therapy
Nursing Care
Integrated Preschool


Other Services offered through ELC

Developmental Screenings
Community outreach and support to all Attleboro Preschools
Comprehensive TEAM evaluations to determine special education eligibility
Itinerant services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy or physical therapy for children who are not in preschool or attend private preschool programs.
Community Resource and Referral


How is ELC funded?

ELC is primarily supported by the school department budget. This is supplemented by our peer model tuition program and a federally funded grant. The 262 and 391 grants provide funding to support public school preschools that provide inclusive services to children with disabilities.

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