Preschool Registration

The Boutwell Early Childhood Center provides a nurturing and stimulating preschool learning environment for children ages 3-5 with and without disabilities.  Half day and full day opportunities are available. The Boutwell curriculum is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Pre-Kindergarten. Integrated thematic units that balance child-initiated and educator-selected activities maximize children’s learning.  Interdisciplinary thematic units promote connections across the curriculum over time. Early language and literacy skills, which provide the foundation for later learning, are embedded in all activities. Daily learning activities support children in developing essential foundational skills and knowledge. Social-emotional development is a key consideration in Boutwell curriculum.  Social Emotional Learning is not viewed as simply a stand alone area of the curriculum, but rather embedded across all curriculum areas throughout the day.  In alignment with the Massachusetts Social and Emotional Learning Standards, the essential competencies of self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making  are modeled, taught, and reinforced throughout each part of the school day.

Registration Timeline for 2020/2021 School Year

Wednesday, January 29th     Open House 5:30-7:00
Thursday, January 30th to February 27th – Preschool Open Registration
Friday, March 6th – Applicants contacted by Boutwell to confirm acceptance
Friday, March 13th – Deposit Due*
Friday, August 7th – Families informed of teacher assignments

*Deposit checks should be made out to GDRSD with your child’s name in the memo section, and either dropped off at the school or mailed to: Boutwell Early Childhood Center  c/o Central Office – 344 Main Street, Groton, MA  01450  ATTN:  Preschool Deposit (please note the mailing address is different than the school’s street address).

The school district does not send out bills for tuition. Parents are responsible for remitting the appropriate amount each month. Please retain this payment information for future reference. If you have any questions, you may contact Anne at Boutwell @ (978) 448-2297.
Note: the District reserves the right to suspend services for the child/children enrolled in the program when tuition payments are more than two (2) months in arrears.

All Preschool Students (current and new) for the 2020-2021 School Year MUST complete the Preschool Placement Form   for your child.

To complete the Preschool Initial Registration form, click here:  Online Registration Enrollment  

Also please download these additional paper forms needed for your child’s file.  You may either scan and email them back to the school to or drop them off at the school.

  1. Parent Enrollment Checklist
  2. Home Language Survey
  3. Student Medical History Form * See requirements here.
  4. Military Status Form
  5. Parental Permission Form
  6. Copy of your child’s most recent physical and immunization records.
  7. Copy of your child’s birth certificate  (Proof of custody may be required if the person registering a student is not the person whose name is on the child’s birth certificate).
  8. Optional Document – Scholarships may be available based on financial need, please contact the business office @ 978-448-5505 ext.  3803.   Preschool Scholarship Application


Preschool Application Process

For the standard registration period, registrations will be accepted at Boutwell until February of each year. Following the standard registration period (rolling registrations will be taken throughout the year), openings will be filled by using the following selection process:

  1. Selecting those who were enrolled in the program this year.
  2. Select siblings of those currently enrolled.
  3. Using a lottery for the remaining openings and for a waiting list.

Once applicants are selected for enrollment, you will be notified of your registration status.  Be sure to fill out the Preschool Placement Form so that we can do our best to fulfill your request.  A Welcome Back/Meet the teacher visit will be held in August/September each year for parent and child.

In the event that all spaces are filled, a waiting list will be established.  Any vacancies occurring after registration will be filled from the established waiting list.

Rates for the 2020-2021 School Year

Half-Day Program – $2900.00 = $290.00 deposit + (9 payments of $290.00) runs 4 days, Monday-Thursday (AM or PM) for 10 Months

Full Day Program – $5800.00 = $580.00 deposit + (9 payments of $580.00) runs  4 days, Monday-Thursday for 10 Months

The Tuition is an annual sum and is divided into ten (10) payments. Tuition remains the same regardless of a child’s attendance, closing for holidays, inclement weather, or any other closings beyond the school’s control. Please note all programs are half days.  All classes are two and half-hours in length. The hours are 9:00–11:30 AM or 12:30-3:00 PM for half days.  Full Day program runs 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

A deposit is required to secure your child’s place for enrollment. This payment represents the tenth payment or last month of tuition. The remaining nine (9) payments are due on the first of the month beginning September 1, 2020 and ending May 1, 2021. Children who are enrolled after the start of the school year will be given a prorated tuition, and an individualized schedule for payment.

A 5% discount is available for individuals who choose to pay the entire year’s tuition in advance by October 1st. Additionally, a 10% discount is applied when a family enrolls more than one child. (Please note: The first child pays full tuition, and additional enrolled children receive a 10% discount in tuition.)
In order to secure your child’s placement, deposit is due on or before Friday, March 13th.

You can also visit the District Student Registration page to complete the Preschool Initial Registration.