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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 learning differences and children with typically developing skills learn from each other in a nurturing environment. It has been part of the Darien Public School programs since 1996.

Preschool for Darien Residents

The 16-hour per week program for children who will be turning 3 years old, 4 years old and will be 5 years old on or after September 2, 2024. Students who will be turning 3 years old within the school year will start on their third birthday. The Early Learning program follows a modified Darien Public Schools calendar.  All ELP classrooms are located at the Ox Ridge Elementary Schools.  The daily schedule is Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. 

* ELP does not have programing for students who are Kindergarten age eligible (5 years old by September 1, 2024) in the upcoming school year.

ELP is hosting and Open House for the families interested in Preschool for the 2024-2025 School Year.

Monday, December 18 from 6:30pm to 7:30 pm. 

Ox Ridge Elementary School 395 Mansfield Avenue, Darien 

Zoom option: https://darienps.zoom.us/j/97610100389

If interested in applying for the Early Learning Program, Preschool Program for the 2024-2025 School Year. please apply online: https://www.darienps.org/departments/early-learning-program-elp

 

 

ELP Applications are being accepted for the 2024-2025 School Year.  Children who will be turning 3 years old, 4 years old and will be 5 years old on or after September 2, 2024.  Students turning 3 years old within the school year will start on their third birthday.  ELP does not have programming for students who are Kindergarten age eligible (5 years old by September 1, 2024) in the upcoming school year.https://www.dariencontinuinged.com/ELPApplication/default.asp 

Please click the link below for information on Required Health documentation https://www.darienps.org/fs/admin/site/pages/2275

TUITION
 

Tuition for the 2023-2024 school year is $7,630.00 (plus a 3% processing fee).  The anticipated 2024-2025 Tuition is $7,975.00.  However, the final tuition amount is determined each year in February by the Board of Education, during its budgeting process.  Please note that the processing fee for next year will be raised to 3.5%, due to an increase in merchant fees.

Upon acceptance to the program, payment of your non-refundable deposit of approximately 10% of the tuition, or $800.00, and the remainder of your tuition payments can be made by Visa or MasterCard.  After payment of your initial deposit, the remaining balance can be paid with two options: payment in full by August 31st (you will receive a 2% discount for this option) or in three recurring payments on 8/31, 11/30 and 2/28.  If you have any questions regarding payment, please contact Celeste Forster, our Accountant, at cforster@darienps.org

 

Thank you,

Laura Straiton
Program Director Early Childhood, SESS
203-655-2579 

For inquires regarding registration please contact Heather Shea hshea@darienps.org

For inquires regarding tuition payments please contact Celeste Forster cforster@darienps.org

For ALL other inquires please contact the building secretary Mariana Begonja mbegonja@darienps.org 

or call 203-655-2579

 

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). 

Common Terminology Resource: