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, as a community peer. 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 NECP 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 serve, 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. 

    *Please note if you have any special education concerns, please refer to the "special education services" tab on our website. You do NOT need to complete a community peer application if you are referring for special education.

    New Student Enrollment Process For School Year 2024-2025

    Application Due Date I: December 8, 2023

    • Notification of application receipt and developmental interview appointment will be made after December 22, 2023.
    • Developmental interviews will be held on January 24, 2024 (school closure make-up date: February 7, 2024) and March 20, 2024 at our location of 687 Watertown Street in Newton (please enter NECP via our main entrance on Albemarle Road).
    • The decision for which developmental interview appointment a student will be attending is made based on (1)application date, (2)student date of birth, and (3)number of openings available. 
    • Contracts with specific program time assignments will be sent to families after February 16, 2024. While we try to honor family time preferences, this does not always occur.
    • Return of the signed billing agreement, with a non-refundable deposit of $500.00 will be due by March 1, 2024 to confirm acceptance.

    Application Due Date II: February 16, 2024

    • Notification of application receipt and developmental interview appointment will be made after March 4, 2024.
    • A developmental interview will be held on March 20, 2024 at our location of 687 Watertown Street in Newton (please enter NECP via our main entrance on Albemarle Road).
    • Applications received after February 16, 2024 will be invited to the developmental interview based on the application date and number of openings still available by that time. 
    • Contracts with specific program assignments will be issued after March 29, 2024. While we try to honor family time preferences, this does not always occur.
    • Return of the signed billing agreement, with a non-refundable deposit of $500.00 will be due by April 12, 2024 to confirm acceptance.

    Applications received after February 16, 2024 will be placed on a waiting list as received, and handled on a case by case basis.