**Updated April 7, 2020**
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It is a local decision for a school district in Maine to develop a public preschool, also referred to as a Pre K 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.
Early Childhood Specialist
Maine Department of Education