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Please note that children must be 3 years old by August 31st, 2019 to enroll in Parker Road Preschool
or 3 years old by March 31st, 2019 to enroll in Little Colonials for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Please begin your registration by completing the 2019-2020 Preschool Application.  After completing the application, you will be notified via email of any session availabilities.  Please wait for this email and check your email inboxes frequently (including your spam and trash folders) for placement offerings.

Once you are offered and accept a spot in a preschool classroom, you will receive information about scheduling a class visit for your family.  During your visit, you will be able to observe the classroom, meet the teachers, and establish a start date for your child.  After accepting enrollment in the preschool, you may complete the online registration process.  You will be prompted to upload the required documents below during the online registration.

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Students with special education referrals do not have to submit the preschool application form but will complete the online registration and provide their documents.  When the preschool office receives a special education referral, the family will be notified and instructed to complete the registration process.  Once all of the required documents have been received, Bridget Nichols, Special Education Team Chair, will begin the evaluation process with the family.

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  • Student’s birth certificate
  • Student's passport (if not a US birth certificate)
  • Student's health records: immunization records & copy of last physical
  • Parent's photo ID: driver’s license, passport, or other valid government-issued ID
  • Proof of residency:
    • Signed lease agreement or signed purchase & sales agreement
    • Two bills: electric, cable, gas, oil, or water

If applicable, please also upload:

  • Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) documents
  • Section 504 Accommodation Plan documents
  • Guardianship papers, custody papers, or court orders

Clear, legible photographs of required documents are allowed.  If you are unable to upload documents, you may email them to Pam Panarelli at ppanarelli@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us or visit us in the Central Office in the Town Hall at 100 Maple Avenue.

If you need help obtaining medical records for your student, you may visit a local clinic that provides free physical exams and school immunizations through the Worcester Free Clinic Coalition or www.worcesterfreeclinics.org.  If you need a school health record form for your student's doctor, you may find that here.


If you are looking to register your child for the 2020-2021 school year, please check back in December for information about completing the lottery application and online registration.  A specific date for the 2020-2021 school year registration has not yet been set, but the preschool lottery often takes place in January.  Please do not complete the online registration process for 2019-2020 if you are registering for the 2020-2021 school year.

If you have any questions regarding preschool, please reach out to the Preschool Office at (508) 841-8646.  For questions about registration, please contact Pam Panarelli, Registrar, at (508) 841-8320 or ppanarelli@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us.


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Parker Road Preschool has two campuses (15 Parker Road and 2 Wesleyan Terrace).  Both campuses offer the following preschool sessions:

  • Two-day AM (Tuesday/Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) – Limited availability
  • Three-day AM (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) – Limited availability
  • Four-day PM (Monday–Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
  • Five-day PM (Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

Little Colonials Preschool is located at Shrewsbury High School (64 Holden Street).  Little Colonials offers the following sessions:

  • Four-day AM (Monday–Thursday, 8:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)
  • Four-day PM (Monday–Thursday, 11:40 a.m. – 2:10 p.m.)

For preschool session availability, please reach out to the Preschool Office at (508) 841-8646.


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There is a $100.00 preschool registration processing fee.  This fee is due upon completion of your child's Preschool Registration.  Tuition can be paid in full or in monthly installments on the first business day of each month.  Fees and tuition can be paid online or via check at your school.  When you accept a seat in a session for your child, Parent Portal registration information will be sent to you by email.  

        Session        Annual Rate        Monthly Rate
5 days             $4,167.38             $463.04
4 days             $3,405.18             $378.35
3 days             $2,825.29             $313.92
2 days             $2,174.33             $241.59

Financial Assistance is available for qualifying families. For more information, please reach out to the Preschool Office at (508) 841-8646.


For information about additional (not Shrewsbury Public Schools) part-time and before- and after-school care in Shrewsbury, please see our list of Shrewsbury Licensed Childcare Centers (bus transportation is available per district for grades Kindergarten and up).  You may also visit this list of childcare centers or list of in-home and group-home daycares in Shrewsbury.


The Town of Shrewsbury must be the legal residence of parent/guardian and students in order to attend school in Shrewsbury Public Schools.  If using a P&S agreement, you must be residing in the home within 60 days of the closing date listed on the P&S according to School Committee policy.  Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 76, Section 5 states: Every person shall have a right to attend the public schools of the town where he/she actually resides, subject to the following section.  No school committee is required to enroll a person who does not actually reside in the town unless said enrollment is authorized by law or by the school committee.  Any person who violates or assists in the violation of this provision may be required to remit full restitution to the town of the improperly-attended public schools.  No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.  (Amended by st. 1971, c.622, c.1; st. 1973, c. 925, s.9A, st. 1993, c.282; st.2004, c.352, s.33)

If warranted, residency checks may be conducted by the School Department or the Shrewsbury Police Department at any time during a child's enrollment in the Shrewsbury Public Schools.