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.

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. Please note that you should indicate on your registration all days of the week and times of day you would consider because certain days or times may fill up before others. 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. Please complete the application online by selecting the button below.

Rates for the 2019-2020 School Year
Four (4) half day Program for 10 Months
$2900.00 = $290.00 deposit + (9 payments of $290.00)
Four (4) full day Program for 10 Months
$5800.00 = $580.00 deposit + (9 payments of $580.00)
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 another other closings beyond the school’s control. Please note all programs are half days.

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, 2019 and ending May 1, 2020. 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 15.  The deposit checks and monthly tuition payments should include your child’s name and PreK.  Checks should be made out to GDRSD and mailed to:

Boutwell Early Childhood Center

P.O. Box 730

Groton, MA 01450

Attn: Anne
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.

Visit the District Student Registration page to complete the Pre-School Initial Registration form, view the checklist, and download additional paper forms which you may need.