The Amesbury Pre-K Program is nationally accredited  by NAECP/NAEYC.  The program enrolls children with and without special needs.  A trans-disciplinary team provides support to create a successful inclusionary environment for all of the children in the classroom.  The staff work together to create a classroom environment that is welcoming, secure and stimulating and nurtures a love and respect for learning.  Our program utilizes developmentally appropriate practices through teacher directed and child centered activities.  The Amesbury Pre-Kindergarten Program provides a nurturing and supportive learning environment for your child to grow in the areas of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. The Pre-K team works with families to determine the best program to meet and support the needs of each child.


    Location and Schedule

    Pre-K classes are located at Amesbury Elementary School and at Cashman Elementary School.

     The half-day program runs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with the AM session running from 8:30 to 11:15 (AES), 8:45-11:30 (CES) and the PM session running from 12:15 – 3:00 (AES) and 12:30-3:15 (CES)  The full day programs run from 8:30-1:30 M-F..                              

    Additional therapies are available between 11:30-1:30 to meet individual needs 

    School Calendar

     The Pre-K Program follows the Amesbury Public School calendar, with a few changes at the beginning and end of the school year.  The integrated Pre-K Programs include home visits and transition days during the first week of school, and class ends a week earlier in June than the regular school.  There are NO Pre-K Program classes during Preschool Screening. There is no afternoon

    Pre-K held on the PRT days


    No School and Delayed Opening

    The Pre-K Program will be canceled on days that the Amesbury Public Schools are closed because of poor weather/road conditions.  Cancellation of school is for both morning and afternoon sessions of Pre-K.  If weather conditions are likely to improve, the Superintendent of Schools may schedule a later opening.  A delayed opening means that there will be NO morning session for Pre-K, and the afternoon session of Pre-K will begin at the regular time.



    Parents are responsible for transporting their preschooler to and from school.  Parents are requested to escort their child into the classroom and to pick them up at the classroom each day.  Your prompt arrival at both the start and end of the day will help with the school-home transition for your child.


    Children arriving twenty minutes after the scheduled starting time must report to the school office with their parent before going to the classroom.   Please write a note to your child’s teacher if your child will be leaving school early and always remember to sign in and out at the office.


    Tuition Payments

    Tuition payments are due on the first day of each month (Sept. – May) in monthly installments of $280.00 for all programs.  A one time non-refundable $140.00 registration fee is due when enrolling your child into the Pre-K Program.  Payments by check or money order should be payable to Amesbury Public Schools.  Each payment should be dropped off in the school office in an envelope that has your child’s name and “Pre-K Program” noted on it.  All payments are non-refundable.  Families have the opportunity to make up one late payment.  Your child will be dropped from the Pre-K Program after two late payments.  Please note that payments are based on a monthly rate, and not on the number of days per month that your child attends school. All parents/guardians are responsible for tuition payments unless there is a signed IEP or 504 Plan in effect.