Early Childhood Education



New Bedford Public Schools provide a safe and positive environment for our “Future Whalers” to learn throughout our many elementary schools no matter the location or size of the school.   Our children ages 3, 4, 5 learn in a rich environment where children are different in their abilities and where they can gain social skills in working and playing with a wide range of other children. The goal of the preschool is to meet children's individual learning needs in the areas of adaptive(self care/person responsibility), personal-social(adult interaction/peer interaction,/social role), communication (receptive expressive), motor(gross/fine/perceptual), cognitive (attention/ memory/reasoning/ academic skills/perception/concepts),literacy, and math. Educators provide diverse learning opportunities that support a solid foundation of skills to support more advanced learning in life.

A Message from our Early Childhood Manager 
Lesley Guertin

Welcome to the New Bedford Public School District's preschool program. We are proud to serve the children of New Bedford ages three to five years old. The integrated preschool program serves children with special needs, as well as, offers preschool seats based on availability to typically developing students following participation in our district's screening process. We also provide preschool programming to 3 and 4 year old's

Our curriculum is focused on the MA Guidelines for Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Experiences. 
The areas of developmental focus include the following:

  • Social Emotional and Approaches to Play
  • English Language Arts
  • Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology/Engineering

Most importantly, our preschool classroom’s main focus is learning through play.