Public Preschool

It is a local decision for a school district in Maine to develop a public preschool, also referred to as a prek or 4-year old (4YO), program.  A child must be four years old by October 15th to attend a program receiving state subsidy and must meet the requirements set forth in Chapter 124: Basic Approval Standards: Public Preschool Programs . 

Public preschools are approved and monitored by Maine DOE and funded through its Essential Programs & Services (EPS) formula, and/or through local school budgets. Approximately 35% of Maine’s public preschools are in partnership with a Head Start agency, local child care or private preschool program. 

Almost 80% of Maine school districts offer at least one public preschool classroom and approximately 40% of all eligible children are enrolled in Pre-K statewide.

The Public Pre-K Basic Approval Standards requires that every district with a public Pre-K submit an annual report by July 31. 

The results of the 2017-18 annual report has been summarized into a fact sheet and is now available here.

Contact Us

Sue Reed
Early Childhood Specialist 
Maine Department of Education
Phone: 207-624-6632