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Pre Kindergarten

West Hartford Public Schools is excited to offer nationally accredited school-day pre-kindergarten programs for West Hartford residents at Smith STEM School!


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Smith STEM

  • one classroom
  • must be turning 3 or 4 years old prior to January 1st
  • any West Hartford resident may apply

The West Hartford Public Schools prekindergarten implements the Creative Curriculum for Preschool. This play-based approach is grounded in research and early childhood theory. Teachers plan for and assess young children's development using the companion assessment tool called Teaching Strategies GOLD.

The pre-kindergarten program currently does not accept applications for children that are kindergarten age eligible. Applications are available online and in elementary school offices between January and March the school year prior. Enrollment is based on a lottery system. Tuition is assessed on a sliding scale based on gross yearly income and family size.

Ms Cravedi


Martina Cravedi

PreKindergarten Teacher

Sara West

PreK Paraprofessional

Irene Garneau

Department Supervisor of Early Childhood Education