The Lincoln Preschool provides a developmentally appropriate preschool program that addresses each individual child’s physical, emotional, and intellectual growth. High standards are set for all children while valuing and accommodating individual differences, strengths, and needs. The program is open to children of the residents of Lincoln, Hanscom Air Force Base and the children of Lincoln Public Schools faculty and staff members.
The Lincoln Preschool employs and retains highly-qualified teachers who meet the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) standards. Each classroom is staffed with a teacher/student ratio that is higher than mandated by the State and NAEYC standards. The staff consists of Early Childhood Special Education teachers, tutors and aides, therapists in the fields of Speech/Language, Occupational, and Physical Therapies, a teacher of Intensive Special Needs, and a Program Coordinator. The Lincoln Preschool staff work together with families as a team.
The Lincoln Preschool has classrooms on the Lincoln Campus and the Hanscom Campus. On the Lincoln campus there are four integrated, multi-age classrooms. The sessions are offered two, three, and five days per week for four hours. With funding and support from The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), there are two classrooms at the Hanscom Primary School. The classrooms offer morning and afternoon sessions in order to meet the scheduling needs for all interested families. The preschool morning sessions are offered five days per week (M-F) for two and one-half hours each day. The afternoon sessions are offered four days per week (M, Tu, Th, and F).
The Lincoln campus provides a program that meets the needs of students identified with special education needs. The length of the program and the staffing plan support the inclusion of students with more moderate special education needs. In addition, the Lincoln campus also has an Extended Day program for students who require more intensive skill work as outlined by their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
The classrooms at the Hanscom campus were designed to provide opportunities for preschool students of Hanscom Air Force Base to attend an early childhood program. The program at Hanscom primarily supports students who are typically developing or have been identified with mild needs that require related services including speech/language therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The Lincoln Preschool makes placement and services recommendations based on the individual needs of the children.
Although the classrooms are located on different campuses, the program operates under the same philosophy and vision.The Lincoln Preschool is committed to providing a safe and nurturing learning environment where students feel comfortable interacting with both adults and peers and where they are exposed to learning new concepts. The preschool teachers work collaboratively to discuss curriculum, assessments and lesson plans to maximize student learning.