Nashua Early Education Program

The Nashua Early Education Program provides referral services for families as well as an integrated preschool program for children ages three to five. Play Pals, the blended preschool program, integrates children who have been identified with special needs and children who are developing at a typical and expected rate. 

Play Pals offers a developmental learning approach where typically developing children along with children with special needs come together to learn and play, and to grow socially and emotionally, cognitively, physically, verbally, and to become more independent and better prepared for kindergarten. Please click here for the Play Pals curriculum expectations.
  • Play Pals is offered District-wide and takes place at five of the District's 12 elementary schools (see below) 
  • Play Pals follows the Nashua school closings on school vacations, holidays and inclement weather
  • There is no school on Early Release Days
  • Students attend 2.5 hours per day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from September through June
  • 3-year olds attend in the morning and 4-year olds attend in the afternoon
  • Students must be 3 or 4 by September 30th
  • Tuition is $180/month
  • Families may apply for free or reduced tuition if household income is within Federal USDOA guidelines. Click here for an introductory letter and click here for an application.
  • $25 non-refundable registration fee is required
Play Pals is a structured play-based program providing children the opportunity to develop and grow in the following skill areas:
  • social/emotional
  • cognitive
  • language
  • fine and gross motor
  • self-help
Play Pals is located in the following schools:
     Bicentennial Elementary School
     Broad Street Elementary School
     Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School
     Mount Pleasant Elementary School
     New Searles Elementary School

Current Play Pals and their siblings have first option to reapply for the upcoming school year, which limits the number of spots open to the general public.
  • Applications are available to download here, and to pick up in the Masse School Administration Building at 141 Ledge Street, Nashua.
  • This year a lottery system will be utilized to determine placement
  • All applications must be submitted by Friday, February 20, 2015 in order to be included in the lottery
  • The lottery will be held during the week of February 23, 2015
  • As the student's name is drawn in the lottery, his/her placement preference will be honored until a school is filled to capacity; second, third, fourth and fifth choices will then be honored
  • Applications received after the deadline of Friday, February 20, 2015 may still receive placement but will not be included in the lottery
  • Parents will receive confirmation of placement in April 2015

Bicentennial Elementary School
Morning Session 9:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Afternoon Session 1:05 PM - 3:35 PM
Broad Street Elementary School
Morning Session 8:05 AM - 10:35 AM
Afternoon Session 11:50 PM - 2:20 PM
Dr. Crisp Elementary School
Morning Session 8:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Afternoon Session 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Mt. Pleasant Elementary School
Morning Session 8:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Afternoon Session 12:15 PM - 2:45 PM
New Searles Elementary School
Morning Session 9:35 AM - 12:05 AM
Afternoon Session 1:05 - 3:35 PM

Our Program Includes:

  • Activity-based curriculum
  • Thematic activities presented through play
  • Language enriched environment
  • Individualized instruction
  • Activities design to foster growth in all development areas
  • Learning through exploration and self-direction
For more information on the referral services for 3- and 4-year old children and the preschool application process, please contact Marcia Bagley, Special Education Preschool Coordinator.