Integrated Preschool Community Peer Program

  • Community peers are chosen for the integrated preschool program through a lottery process that occurs in January and February of each year. Children selected through the lottery must then meet entrance requirements, pass a screening, and provide appropriate enrollment documents to enter the program as a community peer in September.

    Entrance Requirements

    1. Child must be a Middleborough resident and be able to prove residency following district guidelines.

    2. Child must be four years old on or before September 1st of the enrolling school year.

    3. Child must not be age-eligible for Kindergarten (e.g., child cannot have turned 5 before September 1st of the enrolling year).

    4. Child must be toilet trained.

    5. Transportation must be arranged by the family as it is not provided by the district. 


    Required Documents for Enrolling
    Once selected for enrollment as a community peer through our preschool lottery and screening process, families will be required to provide the following documentation:

    1. *Official birth certificate with a raised seal that verifies your child's age and includes the town/city where your child was born.

    2. *Proof of Residency as indicated in the district's guidelines.

    3. Documentation of your child's 4-year complete physical examination.

    4. Immunization record certifying that your child is up to date in accordance with the law

    5. Results of a lead screening test.

    *Please note that your child will not be allowed to enroll in our program as a community peer unless these documents are provided soon after the screening appointment. Your child’s position as a community peer in the preschool program will be forfeited if you are unable to meet this expectation. Any concerns about providing the required documents should be shared with program staff in advance.
    ^If your child has not had the 4-year physical by the time of the screening appointment, you may fax (508-946-8862) or drop off the physical prior to the first day of school in September. If the physical is not received by the first day of school, your child will not be able to start school.

    Required Participation in an Information Session

    A parent/guardian MUST participate in a virtual informational meeting or your child will not be eligible for the community peer program. Families that have conflicts with the date/time of the virtual session must inform program staff in advance in order to make alternate arrangements for viewing. Family participation in the virtual meeting is required for each child to continue in the process.

    Fees for Community Peers
    The cost for attending the Middleborough Public Schools' integrated preschool program as a community peer is $10 per session. There are either 4 sessions per week (mornings) or 5 sessions per week (afternoons). Fees are paid by bank check or money order made payable to the Town of Middleborough. The district cannot accept cash or personal checks. The first payment is due in August to the Pupil Personnel Services Department. The remaining payments can be made at the Memorial Early Childhood Center. This fee is collected in advance on a monthly basis, but families may also make a lump sum or semi-annual payment. Information about the tuition payment schedule is provided to families of enrolled community peers  in July.