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Early Learning Program (ELP)

Welcome to the Early Learning Program at Darien Public Schools.

The Early Learning Program is an integrated preschool where children with special needs and children with typically developing skills learn from each other in a nurturing environment. It has been part of the Darien Public School system since 1996.

Please click the link below to Apply to the Early Learning Program.


As a result the CT Preschool Special Education Needs Assessment completed by the National Institute for Early Education Research several action items were recommended. One of the recommendations was the development of a glossary of early special education terminology for community-based providers and the families that they serve. We are pleased to share Common Terminology in Early Childhood Special Education in both Spanish and English (file link located at bottom). 

ELP Open House Presentation 

SPECIAL NOTICE:  ELP Applications are still being accepted

Class for Darien residents

The 16 hour a week program for 3 year olds and 4 year olds follows a modified Darien Public Schools calendar. The classrooms are at Tokeneke, Royle and Ox Ridge Elementary Schools, and Monday through Thursday, from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Site locations cannot be guaranteed.


ELP Applications for 2021-2022 are still being accepted for children who will be turning 3 and 4 years old during the 2021-2022 school year.  At this time, ELP does not have a preschool option for children turning 5 in September - December 2021.  Parents will be notified/emailed by regarding acceptance.


Thank you,

Laura Straiton,

Program Director Early Childhood, SESS,



- Click file below for Guide to Pre-School Remote Learning

- Click file below for ELP E-Learning Model Schedules  (see your ELP teacher schedule)