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Little Cardinals Learning Center (Pre-K 3-4 Program)

Integrated Preschool Program 


In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, children at the age of 3 may be eligible to receive Special Education or Related Services through their public school. Region 16  Public Schools provides those services on a continuum which includes an integrated preschool located at Prospect Elementary School.  If you think your child may be eligible for these services, please refer to the Child Find section below or contact Region 16 District Office, Special Services Department at 203-758-6671.


The Integrated Preschool program has typically developing children who turn 3 and 4 years old by September 1st of the school year they will attend and serve as community peers or models for the students who require special education. Applications are available online using the forms below to be submitted from January 15th to February 15th.




In order to be placed in the lottery, please send the following documents to [email protected] or mail to Region 16 School District, 30 Coer Road, Prospect, CT 06712, Attention: Special Services Department no later than February 15, 2024. 


Preschool Parent Information Form (see forms below)

Preschool Proof of Residency

Certification of Residency (only if applicable)


Lottery Drawing Information: 

  1. The lottery drawing will take place in the month of March.
  2. The number of available spots for typical role-model children varies each year. 
  3. Every child is placed on the preschool list in the exact order in which his/her name is drawn. 
  4. During the week following the drawing all parents will be notified if their child was chosen and

    and for which session.  If your child was not chosen, they will remain on the list should another family decline.

Applications are only accepted from January 15th to February 15th, with lottery notification by the first week in *April.

*Please note new notification date.


Child Find

Do you have concerns about your child’s development, speech and language skills, or behavior?  Please complete the Parent Information form below.

Preschool Parent Information Form (see forms below)

Preschool Proof of Residency

Certification of Residency (only if applicable)


After receiving the completed forms, a member of the preschool team will contact you to determine the appropriate next steps for your child.

Developmental evaluations are completed by our preschool team which includes special education teachers, a speech and language pathologist, a school psychologist, occupational therapist, and/or physical therapist.  Evaluations take place by appointment in a preschool environment with other preschool aged children.

Possibilities may include, information about age appropriate levels of development, suggestions of activities to engage typically developing children in the home, a nursery school/daycare observation/consultation or a referral to special education.  If a referral to special education is made, you will be invited to a Planning and Placement Team meeting that will consider if an evaluation for special education is needed.  If an evaluation is needed, the evaluation is free.  An evaluation is done when there are concerns regarding a child's development, speech and language skills, and/or behavior that may result in the child having an educational disability that requires special education.