The current program is four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) for 2.5 hours AM / PM sessions with a yearly cost of $1,750. We are an integrated program, which means we provide education to students both with and without disabilities within our classes. Our peers are typically developing students within the community who come to our preschool to learn within this environment while being strong models for our students with disabilities. Our peers are registered in January - February. In March, we have the students come in for a visit and screening. Children enrolled as peers must be the age of three by September 1st of the school year. Children must also be potty trained and able to demonstrate developmentally appropriate skills.

Preschool Philosophy

Cartoon picture of brightly colored backpack filled with an apple, pencil, marker, and other school itemsOur goal is to provide a language-based curriculum within a caring supportive environment. We believe language is the key to academic and social development. Verbal communication is the cornerstone of our curriculum.

Another aspect of our curriculum is to build self-esteem so that children grow to see themselves as important and competent individuals. 

We recognize and value individual differences and aim to provide diverse experiences and opportunities for learning. The premise of early education begins with each child as an individual having unique developmental capabilities, and learning styles.

We recognize the universal milestones of child development. Our approach to early childhood curriculum is based on what we know to be age-appropriate practices for all young children.

Our curricular approach is based on the guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Education. As a team we continuously strive to develop programs that will provide preschoolers with the skills they need to become successful communicators and confident learners.

Preschool Faculty

Our faculty is comprised of a team of professionals specific to preschool programs. This team may include:

  • Early Childhood/Special Needs Teacher
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Teaching Assistant

The Preschool team will conduct screenings, individual evaluations, and provide appropriate referrals. Our intent is to serve the needs of young children by providing early detection and intervention for learning difficulties and developmental delays.


  • Children must demonstrate developmentally appropriate speech, language, and social skills.
  • Peers must participate in a group visit.
  • Transportation is not available.
  • If the number of applicants for peers exceeds the number of spaces available in the program, candidates will be chosen by lottery.
  • Children must be three years of age by September of the current school year.
  • Peers attend four days/week (M, T, Th, F).


  • If your child participates in an early intervention program, please have your service coordinator contact the Cedar School Preschool Department.
  • If you are concerned about your child's development, please contact Cedar School Preschool Department regarding monthly screenings for special needs.


Ashley Arienti
Preschool Program Coordinator
Phone: 781-878-7228
Email the Coordinator

Cedar School 
265 Cedar Street 
Hanover MA 02339