Expanded Pre-School Program

Expanded Pre-School Program for Bloomfield Families
Posted on 06/23/2022

Expanded Pre-School Program for Bloomfield Families

In a collaborative effort - involving the school district, the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood and the federal government – 14 new seats will be available in the fall to Bloomfield families of children age 4.

The new pre-K class will be located at Laurel Elementary school and will be known as The Nest Preschool at Laurel. 

The application for The Nest program will be accepted through July 6. Parents can apply for the Laurel Nest Pre-K program by 
Clicking Here and filling out the google form. Priority, this year, will be given to children age four.

“An Early Childhood experience is essential to accelerating the reading and comprehension skills of our children,’’ said Bloomfield Schools Superintendent Dr. James Thompson, Jr. “The district’s goal is to have all children reading at grade level by grade three.”

In addition to the new pre-K class, Jennifer Dwyer - principal at Laurel - said her school has two other new programs that will promote reading, comprehension and family engagement:

The planning for a new Literacy Academy will begin in the fall of 2022, with a focus on student experiences and staff development.

In partnership with Laurel’s PTO, The Little Free Library program was recently launched on campus. It provides families with 24-hour access to children’s books donated by the Bloomfield Public Library and the community. The book-drop and container are located outside of the school, near a memorial bench – donated by the Niagara Bottling Company – that honors Judy Johnson, a beloved teacher who passed away last year.

“This is truly an exciting endeavor as we move towards our goal of all students reading on grade level,’’ Dwyer said of The Nest program and the others. “We value the immense importance of improving early literacy skills so that our students develop a love of reading and become life-long learners.”

The need to enhance Early Childhood education in Bloomfield was a topic highlighted during the district’s recent year-long Portrait of a Graduate conversations with community stakeholders.

Previously, Bloomfield families with pre-school aged children could apply through a lottery process to Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School. Families can also choose to apply to several independent pre-school programs in town run by non-profit and faith-based organizations. 

“The district has intensified its focus on preparing children for college and meaningful careers,” Thompson said. “Along with our new Talented and Gifted program for students in grades 4-8 and an expanding career-pathway program at the high school, we have a better structure in place to meet the needs of our students.”

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