“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children it is serious learning.”   ~Mr. Rogers


Screening & Registration Info:



Gateway Regional School District offers a variety of FREE inclusive preschool programs for residents of Middlefield, Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Russell, and Montgomery. Half day preschool is offered 4 days per week at Littleville Elementary.

Full day preschool is offered 5 days per week at Chester Elementary and at the Gateway High School. 

Children must be 3 on or before September 1 to qualify for preschool. Children must be 4 year old by September 1 to be eligible for full day preschool.


Registration & Screening Dates

Parent Information Night

Registration Forms

Registration Protocol

Preschool Handbook



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F.A.Q.'s :  Gateway Preschool Frequently Asked Questions 

1. How old does my child need to be?

Children need to be 3 years old on or before September 1st. Children need to be 4 years old on or before September 1st to be eligible for the full day preschool.

Children with documented disabilities can begin attending on their 3rd birthday regardless of when it occurs.

2.  Does my 4 year old automatically get a full day slot?

No. Assuming that there are more applications than openings, a lottery is held to fill the full day slots if; three year olds are not placed in the lottery. A child on an IEP may be eligible for full day preschool before their 4th birthday if their disability warrants it. 

3.  If my child is already enrolled in 1/2 day preschool do I get preference to be in the full day preschool?

No. Children

4.  Do I need to live in the district?

Yes. School Choice does not apply to preschool. Families are asked to provide proof of residency that they live in Huntington, Montgomery, Russell, Middlefield, Blandford, or Chester. 

5.  Does my child need to be toilet trained?

Although it is highly preferred, children are not required to be toilet trained. 

If your child is not completely toilet trained you will need to supply an ample supply of diapers/pull-ups in addition to wet wipes. 

5.  What is the cost?

The preschool is tuition free; there is no cost to attend.

6.  Is there bussing available?

No. Parents are responsible for providing transportation for their child(ren) to and from preschool. Children who have an Individual Educational Program (IEP) may be eligible to receive bussing to and from preschool as part of their program only when their documented disability requires specialized transportation. This decision must be made by Team decision and approved by the Director of Pupil Services and reflected in a child’s active IEP.

7.  Is childcare available before and after preschool?

There are “wrap around” programs located at both Chester and Littleville Elementary. Children must be toilet trained to attend Wrap Around. Before and after school care is offered for a fee; all arrangements must be made directly with this unrelated program.

8.  Where are the preschools located?

The half day preschool programs are located at Littleville Elementary.

There is a full day preschool located in the High School.

There is a full day preschool program located at Chester Elementary. Three year old children on IEPs placed at Chester will attend for only a 1/2 day unless their IEPs states otherwise.

9.  What are the hours?

Morning preschool= T-F   9-11:30 a.m.

Afternoon preschool = T-F    12:40-3:10 p.m.

Full day preschool= M-F     9:00 a.m.-3:10 p.m.  

10. What if I have concerns about my child's development?



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