Early Childhood Program


North Haven Public Schools 

Integrated Early Childhood Program



We are currently seeking typically developing, 3 year old children to serve as role models for our preschool program located at Green Acres Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. Typical role models are an integral part of our program and must have typical developing skills in all areas of development. Strong English language skills are preferred. There are a limited number of spaces. The Early Childhood Program is a NAEYC accredited program with preschool classrooms that focus on social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development. The curriculum is aligned with the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards. Our early childhood staff consists of certified Special Education Teachers, Speech and Language Pathologist, and Paraprofessionals.

You must be a North Haven resident for your child to attend the program.  There is a monthly fee for all typical role models which is due on the first of each month. Our program has an AM session 8:30-11:10 and PM session 12:20-3:02. Parents must provide transportation for their children. Further information will be provided once your application has been received. 


CLICK HERE for the application.


Submit Applications to:

 Julie Belcher  

Green Acres Elementary School 

146 Upper State Street North Haven, CT


applications due March 1, 2021



Welcome to North Haven Public Schools Early Childhood Assistance Preschool Program


Mission Statement

All students will be provided with a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment that allows all

students to develop readiness skills to be a lifelong learner in the community.


Early Childhood Assistance Program Philosophy  

The philosophy of the Early Childhood Preschool Program is based on the belief that play is the best means of facilitating learning in young children. This learning takes place in a language-based program where the children interact with each other and the environment through developmentally appropriate activities. Children learn to make choices through integrated cooperative play which develops problem solving skills, promotes independence, and fosters the growth of each child. These interactions also benefit the preschool child by developing cognitive, social, speech and language, fine and motor skills.




  •  Use a multi-disciplinary team, including parents, to determine student needs through Play-Based Assessment and on-going observation.
  • Develop and administer a multi-disciplinary program unique to each child’s specific needs.
  • Structure an integrated language-based environment.
  • Maximize opportunities for natural learning for both students with and without disabilities.
  • Develop and encourage choice-making skills.
  • Develop problem-solving skills which foster appropriate growth and independence while maximizing individual potential.
  • Develop cognitive, social, speech, language, motor and self-help skills through developmentally appropriate activities.
  • Facilitate parents in their role as active participants and advocates in their child’s education.
  • Successfully transition children to their next level of education


Contact Information

Intake Teacher: Julie Belcher, 203-239-5387, belcher.julieann@northhavenschools.org

Building Principal: Philip Piazza, piazza.philip@northhavenschools.org

Special Education Coordinator PreK-5: Zoe Dolan, dolan.zoe@northhavenschools.org


The district has a separate preschool program at North Haven High School. This program is not run by the Department of Student Services and has a different set of guidelines for admitting children and their program. Please CLICK HERE for more information about the North Haven High School Preschool Program.