What is Stratham Preschool?

This program is an innovative preschool model where an environment is created to address both the developmental and social needs of your child. A variety of educational specialists assist in program development and work in the classroom.

What is the programs model?

SMS Preschool uses the creative curriculum as a model to help plan and implement a developmentally appropriate preschool program. The handwriting without ears curriculum and Social Thinking Curriculum are also incorporated in the classroom to further prepare the students to enter Kindergarten. SMS Preschool follows a schedule similar to typical preschool programs. Instruction takes place in large groups, small groups, or individually with a focus on language development, motor development, pre-academic skills, play and social needs. The children will also have oppurtunities to work with classmates to play games, complete projects, and do other activities that foster learning in the areas of science, social studies, are and music. Early math and literacy skills will be taught during small group lessons, allowing children to work on skills that are aligned to their level of readiness. Interaction among the children is facilitated as needed.

Who is eligible?

The morning classes will be for children who are 3 years of age. Children who turn 3 prior to 10/01/2019 are eligible to apply. The afternoon classes will be for children who are 4 years of age prior to 10/01/2019. Classes will be a mix of children who have special needs and children with typical development. Classes will have a maximum of 12 students.

Who will work in the classroom?

An early childhood special educator will be your child's teacher. Para educators are also instructors in the classroom. Various activities are directed by SMS's Speech Pathologist and Occupational Therapist. Other consultants may be involved as needed.

What is the program schedule?

Please refer to the SAU#16 School calendar.

3 Year Olds - Morning Class

Class: 4 days/wk, Tuesday-Friday | Hours: 8:45am-11:15pm

4 Year Olds - Afternoon Class

Class: 4 days/wk , Monday-Thursday | Hours: 12:00pm-2:45pm

What is the Cost?

Tuition for the four day program is $2400.00 for the year. Payments of $1,200 can be made in September & February.

How do I apply?

Applications are available at the SMS front office. Questions you may have about the preschool should be included on your application. Applications will be accepted until the slots are filled.

When will I know if my child has been selected?

Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis. Written confirmation will be sent within 2 weeks of receiving the completed application. If accepted, please complete the registration packet located in the office or online.

  • Children eligible for both programs must be toilet trained
  • Due to the number of adults working in the program, parent volunteers are not needed. However, there are other volunteer oppurtunities in the building.
  • All children MUST be stratham residents to participate in the preschool program.
  • As a participant in this class, your child will be videotaped or observed by a variety of professionals.

If you happen to have any questions, please contact Salina Millora at 603-772-5413, ext 105.

Preschool coordinator: Cheryl MacLean-Smith

Staff: Beth McIver

Parent resources :

Parents and caregivers often ask excellent questions when children are the ages of 3-5 in their development. The following are trusted resources that may assist with guidelines and/or expectations

Developmental Milestones: Ages 3-5

Speech and Language Development Ages 3-4 years

Speech and Language Development Ages 4-5 years