Somerville Public Schools Preschool programs
Somerville Public Schools offers a variety of tuition-free preschool programs to meet the needs of all students: Preschool (SMILE), Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP), AIM (Adapt, Include, Motivate).
SMILE classrooms are open to four-year-old children who are in their year before kindergarten. The school day runs from 8:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. and includes universal free breakfast and lunch for all children. Enrollment in SMILE is based on a lottery system. Smile classrooms are located throughout the city in the following schools: Michael E. Capuano Early Childhood Center, Argenziano School, West Somerville Neighborhood School, Winter Hill Community Innovation School, Kennedy School, and Arthur D. Healey School.
Sonrisa is a bilingual SMILE classroom located at the Arthur D. Healey School for four-year-old students from families who speak Spanish as their native language. 80% of the instruction is taught in Spanish and 20% in English.
Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP)
The Early Childhood Integrated Preschool Program (ECIP) is an inclusive, multi-sensory program. The ECIP program is designed to meet the needs of children ages 3-5 that have been identified in need of specially designed instruction due to a disability. The Integrated Preschool Program includes peer partners from the community to serve as typically developing peers. Students with and without disabilities benefit from this philosophy, as the classes provide a rich, language-based curriculum with a multisensory, developmental approach to teaching. Peers being considered for admission must be three years old and screened. Classrooms are located at the Capuano Early Education Center. Read the 2022 slideshow presentation about the ECIP Program.
Adapt, Include, Motivate (AIM) classrooms are at the Capuano Early Childhood Center for students needing specially designed instruction on the autism spectrum.
SPS/Head Start Preschool Partnership Classrooms
Somerville Public Schools partners with Head Start to offer preschool classrooms at the Healey School and the Capuano Center. Children and families receive Head Start's comprehensive services, such as home visits and family advocate support. Classrooms teachers instruct with a strong curriculum influenced by both Head Start and SPS. The Healey Head Start classroom is staffed by a teacher team that includes a Somerville Public Schools teacher and a Head Start teacher. The Healey School class has one classroom, with limited seats for non-Head Start eligible families. The Capuano Head Start classrooms are staffed by two Head Start teachers and are only open to families eligible for Head Start. The program, at both locations, runs from 8:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m.
SPS AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM
Afterschool programming is available for all children enrolled in Somerville Public Schools, including children enrolled in our Head Start classrooms, located within our public schools through Somerville Community Schools. This is a fee-based program and scholarships are available. To find out more, please visit the Somerville Community Schools afterschool page. Community Schools offers the following for preschool learners:
- Care until 5:30 p.m.
- Small groups
- Early childhood focus
The Somerville Family Learning Collaborative, the family engagement arm of Somerville Public Schools, coordinates programming such as new parent groups, playgroups, home visiting, and kindergarten transition activities that prepare families and children for entry to school, from infancy to school entrance, and then into the school-age years and beyond. Visit the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative website to learn about programming and find ways to participate.