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 . On July 14, 2020, the department hosted a virtual Chapter 124 Conceptual Conversation meeting. To access the recording of this, click here. To access the notes received from the chat box, click here.
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 2019-2020 Public Pre-K Annual Report is now available through August 31, 2020. It has been reduced to reflect key data that we do not collect in any other format. All SAUs must complete the report found in the DC&R platform titled "PKAR"
Early Childhood Specialist
Maine Department of Education