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Early Childhood Center (ECC)

The Early Childhood Center is designed to service special needs children and typically developing children in an integrated setting.

Children turning five years of age on or before September 1 are not eligible for Kindergarten and not ECC.

ECC Sessions

  • AM Program: Children who are age 3 before September 1 
  • PM Program: Children who are age 4 before September 1

Classes are limited in size: 60% of the class is typically developing children, and 40% of the class presents with varying special needs.  Students who have received special education services and have met the appropriate age level goals making them no longer eligible for services will complete the school year but may not begin another year in the program under special education guidelines. He/she will be considered peer models and will be expected to pay the tuition rate.


Applications for admission as peer models are being accepted November 1 for the next calendar year. Acceptance is based on a first come-first served basis. Students determined to be “educationally at risk” due to environmental factors are given increased allowances to be involved in the program. Should the Early Childhood Center receive more applications than openings, a waitlist will be formed. Should an opening arise in the school year, students on the waitlist will be notified in the order in which we received the application. 


Approximately 15 minutes in length, will be scheduled for each applicant and are held on Fridays in February (dates to be announced at a later date). 

Open House

The Open House is held yearly in October. We invite all Scituate Prospective and current preschool families to come and learn about the Early Childhood Center program. This provides an opportunity to meet the teachers and see the classrooms. 

Acceptance and Tuition

Once accepted to the program, a $200 deposit and a complete registration is due within 10 days in order to keep the slot. A tuition fee of $2,500.00 (subject to change) will be assessed for typically developing students and students who receive related services and do not have a recommendation for the program. The remainder of the tuition balance will be billed in 4 installment payments, September, November, January, and March. Tuition payment slips will be included with the acceptance letter. 

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