Application Process & Time Line for Community Peer enrollment

  • Thank you for your interest in applying for enrollment in the Newton Early Childhood Program (NECP), the integrated preschool program for the Newton Public Schools. Our families value our focus on social and emotional development through play based learning, and our emphasis on respect for human differences. The application process is as follows:

    Parents who are applying as a community peer model complete an application and return it to the Preschool Director on-line from this site. Procedural timelines depend on meeting specific application dates. Parents may apply throughout the year as their child turns 3 years of age.  We do accept rolling applications when openings exist within the program. Entrance into the program is first come first served, with preference given to Newton residents and families with siblings who currently attend or have attended NECP. Student age is also a consideration based on classroom age opening. All students must participate in a Developmental Observation.

    Students who are community peers serve as peer models for students with special needs. The Developmental Observation ensures that students applying as peer models exhibit developmentally appropriate speech and language skills, social skills, and play skills. NECP staff will conduct the Developmental Observation in the context of play-based and other typical preschool activities. Parents are encouraged but not required to separate from their children into the hallway outside the classroom where the observation will take place. Current NECP staff will be available to answer questions. The Developmental Observations are approximately 20-30 minutes in length.

    *Please note if you have any special education concerns please refer to the "special education services" tab on our website.


    For School Year 2020-2021

    Application process is closed


    For School Year 2021-2022

    Application dates to be determined