Cedar Elementary School

The program consists of children aged three to five years old with identified special needs as well as typically developing peers.
Preschool Philosophy
BackpackOur goal is to provide a language-based curriculum within a caring supportive environment. We believe language is the key to academic and social development. Verbal communication is the cornerstone of our curriculum.

Another aspect of our curriculum is to build self-esteem so that children grow to see themselves as important and competent individuals.

We recognize and value individual differences and aim to provide diverse experiences and opportunities for learning. The premise of early education begins with each child as an individual having unique developmental capabilities, and learning styles.

We recognize the universal milestones of child development. Our approach to early childhood curriculum is based on what we know to be age appropriate practices for all young children.

Our curricular approach is based on the guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Education. As a team we continuously strive to develop programs that will provide preschoolers with the skills they need to become successful communicators and confident learners.

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Preschool Faculty
Our faculty is comprised of a team of professionals specific to preschool programs. This team may include:
  • Early Childhood/Special Needs Teacher
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Teaching Assistant

The Preschool team will conduct screenings, individual evaluations and provide appropriate referrals. Our intent is to serve the needs of young children by providing early detection and intervention for learning difficulties and developmental delays.


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  • Children must demonstrate developmentally appropriate speech, language and social skills.
  • Peers must participate in a group visit.
  • Transportation is not available.
  • If the number of applicants for peers exceeds the number of spaces available in the program, candidates will be chosen by lottery.
  • Children must be three years of age by September of the current school year.
  • Peers attend four days/week (M, W, Th, F).
  • If your child participates in an early intervention program, please have your service coordinator contact the Cedar School Preschool Department.
  • If you are concerned about your child's development, please contact Cedar School Preschool Department regarding monthly screenings for special needs.
Preschool Program Coordinator
Ashley Arienti
Email: aarienti@hanoverschools.org
Phone: 781-878-7228

Cedar School
265 Cedar Street
Hanover MA 02339

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