Early Learning Center




The Andover Elementary School Early Learning Center offers preschool programs for all children ages three (3) and four (4).

Enrollment begins the first week of February of the preceding school year.

Registration forms can be accessed through the school website at andoverelementaryct.org or by calling the Main Office at (860) 742-7339.

Students enrolling in a second year of preschool must fill out a registration packet, submitted no later than March 15 of the current school year.

The cost of the school-day, school-year program is $600/month, or $6,000/year.

The Andover Elementary School Early Learning Center receives funding for reduced tuition rates from two State Grants:

  • The School Readiness Grant
  • The Smart Start Grant

For both programs, families may apply for reduced tuition rates if they meet the Connecticut Sliding Fee Scale qualification:

                     E.G.                                     Family Size                            Income [earning less than]

                                                                    3                                                $ 68,413

                                                                    4                                                $ 81,444

                                                                    5                                                $ 94,475

                                                                    6                                                $107,506


Guidance for Preschool Eligibility:

Children must be 3 years old on or before December 31st of the current school year, or 4 years old to be eligible for our preschool program. Children who will turn 5 years old on or before December 31st of the current school year are not eligible for preschool.

Preschool screenings are offered annually for children that reside in Andover and are 3 or 4 years old.  The screening will be held differently this year due to the ongoing pandemic.  School staff will send home an age-appropriate questionnaire for parents to fill out about their children.  The questions are in the areas of speech, language, cognitive and motor development.  Parents will then receive information which will assist in fostering their child's growth, if needed.  Screening dates for the upcoming 2021-2022 year are Friday, March 5, 2021 and Friday, May 14, 2021.  If interested in having your child screened, contact the Director of Special Education, Holly Maiorano, at (860) 742-7339 or at maioranoh@andoverelementaryct.org to request an ASQ questionnaire.

Students determined eligible for Special Education services are entitled to enrollment in the preschool program as required by FAPE (Free and Appropriate Public Education) guidelines.

Children enrolled in the School Readiness program are not required to be residents of Andover. School Readiness slots will be available to non-Andover residents based on availability.

Andover Elementary School Early Learning Center also has an allotted number of Smart Start slots available to Andover families who meet income guidelines. Children enrolled in the Smart Start program must be residents of Andover. Families must provide written proof of residency.

To be eligible for a reduced tuition rate, families must present income eligibility proof that meets the State Office of Early Childhood’s sliding fee scale guidelines.

All paperwork needs to be filled out in order to be considered for a preschool slot.

If there are more children applying than placements available, families will be put on a waitlist, determined by their application date.

Guidelines for Preschool Enrollment:

  1. Preschool grant slots will be available first to four year old resident students whose families meet the income eligibility guidelines.
  2. Preschool grant slots will then be available to three year old resident students whose families meet the income eligibility guidelines.
  3. 40% of the School Readiness and Smart Start slots will be available to Andover residents who will pay full tuition.
  4. If any income eligibility School Readiness grant slots remain, they will be open to out of town residents who meet the income eligibility requirements.
  5. If any of the 40% full time School Readiness slots remain, they will be available to out of town residents who will pay full tuition.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:  John Briody, Preschool Administrator, at (860) 742-7339 or via email: briodyj@andoverelementaryct.org.

Andover Elementary School Early Learning Center does not discriminate on the basis of diverse racial, ethnic, religious, or economic backgrounds, and includes children with special needs.


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Preschool Learning Experiences


A Visit to the Andover Fire Station during Fire Safety Week


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A Field Trip to Hurst Farm during our Fall & Harvest Unit

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Preschool is learning about generosity through a toy drive for our annual Stuff the Cruiser event.

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A visit from a local dentist to teach the preschoolers about dental health and mouth care.

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Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Happy Chinese New Year!

A preschool parade to celebrate this holiday and learn about another culture.


Chinese New Year Parade



Read Across America Day

         Reading Dr. Seuss Books in the Hallway                                Donating Books for Read to Grow                       

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Annual AES ACES Walk (All Children Exercise Simultaneously)

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Storyteller Donna Washington visits Andover Elementary School


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