Preschool Lottery Registration
Mount Laurel Schools
Free Public Preschool
Preschool Lottery Registration
is Now Open for 2023-2024
Mount Laurel Schools offers a high-quality preschool program for three and four-year-olds in both in-district schools and local provider sites. The program is aligned with the New jersey Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards which addresses all domains of learning. We provide a whole child approach that promotes a child's long-term development and growth.
Mount Laurel Schools offers integrated general education preschool classes for three and four-year-olds and specialized preschool classes for three and four-year-old students with disabilities.
Preschool Lottery Registration Deadline: March 15, 2023
Preschool Lottery: TBD
Registrations received after March 15, 2023 will be placed on a waitlist.
Questions regarding the registration process may be emailed to [email protected],
Documents may also be faxed to 856-235-1604 or placed in the mail slot at the front door of the Mount Laurel Schools Administration Building, 330 Mount Laurel Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054, Attn: Registration.
Preschool Lottery Registration Eligibility
To be eligible to register for the Preschool Lottery, a child needs to be three or four years of age by October 1st and reside in Mount Laurel.
Mount Laurel Schools will use a lottery system. The lottery process will be held to randomly select preschool students. When the number of students needed to fill the available preschool spots is reached, applications will continue to be drawn and this group of students will be placed on a waitlist. If a student drops out or declines a placement and a vacancy occurs, we will go to the next applicant on the waitlist. The waitlist will remain active and will be utilized throughout the year. Parents of selected students will be notified by mail and email following the lottery.
Preschool Disabled Program
The purpose of the Mount Laurel Preschool Disabled Program is to address the individual needs of each child by providing rewarding and successful educational experiences. An effective program strives to foster an independent sense of self in relation to family, peers and the community environment. Parents who suspect their preschool-age child may have special needs may obtain free help from the district's Child Study Team. This team of district professionals works with families to locate and provide services for those children who are three to five years old who may have physical, cognitive, language, social, or emotional difficulties. Screening, professional guidance, and placement in a preschool educational program (if needed) are all available free of charge through the district's Child Study Team at 856-235-3417.
Additional information is available on NJDOE Project Child Find. Project Child Find is a free referral and awareness service of NJDOE to help identify children from birth through 21 years of age who may experience difficulties in academic, and/or physical, emotional and cognitive areas, which result in a disability. For more information, call Project Child Find at 1-800-322-8174.
Children under the age of three who demonstrate delays in development are eligible for free services and support programs. Contact Early Intervention Services toll free at 1-888-653-4463.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a cost or tuition for the preschool program?
No. Mount Laurel Schools offers free, full-day preschool for Mount Laurel residents.
Where are preschool classrooms located?
The preschool classrooms are located in district elementary schools as well as local provider sites in the community.
When does the program operate?
The preschool program follows the district school calendar for holidays and early dismissal days.
What does the daily schedule look like for preschool students?
The daily preschool schedule includes greeting time, circle time, small and large group activities, interest-based centers, outside time, snack and lunch time, rest and quiet time.
Who teaches the integrated preschool class?
Classes are taught by certified teachers and highly-qualified teaching assistants who provides instructional support.
What early childhood curriculum is used?
Creative Curriculum is the early childhood curriculum that is used . A key feature of this research-based curriculum is the "active participatory learning" process where children make daily choices about their activities and teachers help them cultivate language, fine and gross motor skills, and social skills as they play.
What is the preschool lottery?
The lottery is a standardized process implemented by Mount Laurel Schools when there are more interested families than there are seats available. After a period of open enrollment, all pre-registered families will be entered into the lottery and drawn at random for admission to the program. After available seats for each program are filled, the remaining names will be drawn and added to a waitlist in the order they are drawn.
How do I register multiple siblings or twins in one family?
All preschoolers in a family are registered separately and have an equal chance of being selected in the lottery. If one of the siblings is selected for a seat, the other siblings will automatically be selected as well. A sibling is defined as any of the following who reside in the same household: siblings, half siblings, step siblings and children residing in a family foster home.
My child has an IEP, is he included in the lottery?
Children with special needs/IEPs do not participate in the lottery. As per NJDOE administrative code, children with IEPs will automatically have a seat in our preschool program and receive any and all related services specified in his/her IEP.
My child is already in the Mount Laurel preschool program. Do I need to register again?
No. Children will automatically roll over to the next grade level.
Where will my child attend school?
While every attempt will be made by the district to place the child at a location in their sending area, placement will be decided based on the results of the lottery.
What type of age-groupings do preschool classrooms have? Why?
Mount Laurel preschool classrooms are multi-age settings for three- and four-year-old children. Ideally, children of both ages will stay with the same adults, in the same room, for a two-year period, creating a "family" type learning environment that includes the children, teachers and parents. Cross-age learning allows for social interaction, modeling, mentoring and leadership among children. A child may accomplish something earlier with support from a more advanced peer while the older child experiences feelings of confidence and compassion (Vygotsky,1962; Vygotsky, 1978; Slavin, 1987). A multi-age setting allows teachers to foster an emotionally secure environment for children to grow, learn, take risks and experience success. While children are developing social skills, learning responsibility and engaging in more complex play, teachers are generally more child-centered, as they must adeptly accommodate individual strengths, interests and needs. The two-year time period helps ensure that teachers, parents and children know each other well and develop a working partnership.
*Please note that there are times when children do need to be moved, but to the greatest extent possible, three-year-old children will remain in the same class for two years.