Announcing The Salem Early Education Partnership Program

Posted on: June 21, 2021

Dear families,

Early childhood education has long been a commitment in our district. The Early Childhood Center is a jewel in our crown and serves our youngest students to prepare them to thrive in elementary school. We are excited to announce that we will be expanding our early childhood offerings starting with this 2021-2022 school year with the introduction of the Salem Early Education Partnership Program.

The Salem Early Education Partnership Program is intended to expand access to and alignment of early childhood programs in Salem through partnerships between the Salem Public School district and participating early childhood centers in Salem licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). The Salem Early Education Partnership will focus on strengthening access for universal Pre-K in the City of Salem for 4-year-olds.

The partnership allows the Salem Public Schools and participating early childhood centers in the city to formalize their relationships and work collaboratively to: 

  1. Improve and align program quality across the city,
  2. Increase access to high-quality programs particularly for low-income families, and
  3. Ensure all families have the knowledge and access to early childhood resources.

Research shows that access to high-quality early childhood programs not only prepares children for kindergarten but creates a strong foundation for long-term academic and personal success. Salem Public Schools is committed to creating greater access to full-day preschool seats for families seeking this type of programming for their child.  

Salem Public Schools is excited to announce that in the fall of 2021 we will:

  1. Expand the hours of two of our existing pre-k classrooms at the Early Childhood Center (full day, five days per week schedule),
  2. Open four new pre-k classrooms within SPS, and
  3. Partner with four pre-k classrooms across the city to align program quality and curriculum.

Seats will be filled by lottery. Completion of this form will enter your child into the lottery but does not ensure a preschool spot. If you speak a language other than English or Spanish, please leave a message at either of these phone numbers: (781) 424-2482 or (781) 771-8292 and an outreach specialist will return a call in your home language. See additional details below about the lottery process.

Deadline for Entering Lottery Lottery Date
July 15, 2021 July 19, 2021 
August 5, 2021 August 6, 2021

As the SPS preschool lotteries take place over the summer you will be contacted by our outreach specialists to discuss your needs and other preschool options across Salem in order to find the best fit for your child.  Families not receiving a seat through the lottery process will be placed on a waiting list. 

If you have questions please leave a voice message or send an email and an outreach specialist will get back to you. 

  • Phone: (781) 424-2482 or (781) 771-8292
  • Email:

Stephen K. Zrike, Jr., Ed.D.


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