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FPS Opens Fall Registration for the Partnerships for Early Learners (PEL) PreK Expansion Program

Framingham Public Schools

  Robert A. Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Rochelle Santos
Media and Communications Manager

Farley Building, 19 Flagg Drive
Framingham, Massachusetts 01702
Telephone: 508-782-6099


For Immediate Release

Framingham Public Schools Opens Fall Registration for the Partnerships for Early Learners (PEL) PreK Expansion Program

Monday, May 2, 2022 (Framingham, MA) Framingham Public Schools continues to partner with the MetroWest YMCA and Framingham State University - Centers for Early Childhood Education on Partnerships for Early Learners (PEL). This PreK expansion program is designed for Framingham-based families whose four year old children are not currently enrolled in an early childhood program due to lack of access, resources, finances or opportunity.

Partnerships for Early Learners (PEL) is now accepting applications for the upcoming school year. The program runs from September 2022 - June 2023. Interested families are invited to submit the PreK Intake Form and will need to meet eligibility criteria for acceptance. If the interest exceeds the available openings, a lottery will take place to fill these PreK spots for children to attend before entering Kindergarten in September 2023 (Class of 2036).

Curriculum and instruction in this program will be based on half-day enrollment, either in the morning or in the afternoon, with extended day options that will enhance social emotional learning. Program locations include the BLOCKS Preschool (FPS), the MetroWest YMCA, or Framingham State University - Centers for Early Childhood Education. There is no guarantee of placement and the assigned program location will be based on a variety of factors pulled from the intake form.

Upon completion of the Intake Form, families will be contacted to discuss their needs in finding the program that best fits their child’s first early education experience. 

“The launch of Partnerships for Early Learners Program has been very successful, with 65 children currently attending classrooms at our three locations,” said Christina Shea, Early Education Manager for Framingham Public Schools. “It is my hope to continue to cultivate programming and partnerships that allow opportunities for all young children to learn and grow in nurturing, high quality early childhood environments throughout the community.”

Please see below for a timeline and summary of the PEL Program Application process that families will follow: 

  • Intake Form Application Window (May 2, 2022 - May 16, 2022)

  • Form and Eligibility Review (May 17, 2022 - June 2, 2022)

  • PEL Program Lottery on June 3, 2022 (only if necessary and all paperwork must be submitted to be entered into the lottery)

  • Receive school assignment form by Tuesday, June 14, 2022

  • PEL Orientation (Details TBD) - August 2022

  • PEL Program Start Date: September 7, 2022

For more information please contact Christina Shea directly at cshea@framingham.k12.ma.us. This information was also shared within the FPS Community via a Smore newsletter: https://www.smore.com/5gu0q

About Framingham Public Schools
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