Public Preschool


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.

Important Guidance for Pre K Enrollment and Attendance

The 2020-2021 Public Pre-K Annual Survey is now available through August 31, 2021. It has been reduced to reflect key data that we do not collect in any other format. You can preview the survey here. All SAUs must complete the report found in the DC&R platform

Contact Us

Nicole Madore
Early Childhood Specialist
Maine Department of Education
Phone: 207-446-3967

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