• Portsmouth Early Childhood Program


    AM and PM classes for the 2017-2018 School Year are full.  Accepting applications for wait lists only.

  • Integrated Preschool

    The Portsmouth School District's preschool program is located at Melville School.  This is a special education program that provides special education and related services for children who have an identified disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Research shows that children with disabilities benefit from being instructed with non-disabled peers, and with this in mind, Portsmouth invites community partners to participate in our program.  

    In our classroom, children with and without disabilities have the opportunity to learn and grow together in a high quality, stimulating and nurturing environment.  Our classroom is staffed by one certified teacher and two teaching assistants, and there are up to 15 children in each session.

    We offer a morning session 4 days per week, Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 to 11:15 for three and four-year old children, an an afternoon session 4 days per week, Monday through Thursday, from 12:30 to 3:15 for children who will enter kindergarten in September of the following school year.  

    All children must be residents of Portsmouth, and children without disabilities must be fully potty trained.  Bus transportation is not provided for community partners.  

    We require that all community partner applicants participate in our Child Outreach Screening process before being considered for our program.  Please visit our child outreach webpage to schedule your child’s screening appointment.

    Tuition for the 2017-2018 is $2130 annually, ($1420 annually for children who qualify for free or reduced lunch).  Tuition is pro-rated for children who enroll after the official first day of the program.  Tuition is paid in two equal installments, due August and January.


     Instruction is aligned with the RI Early Learning and Development Standards.  For more information about RIELDS, click here.


    Special Education Services

    For children eligible under IDEA, we provide a full range of special education and related services:

    -Specialized Instruction

    -Speech-Language Therapy

    -Physical Therapy

    -Occupational Therapy

    Services are provided in one of our preschool classrooms or through regular appointments, on a walk-in basis, according to each child's individual needs.

  • For information about Portsmouth preschool and early childhood special education programs, please contact

    Deana Dufficy, 401-683-1650 x5038 dufficyd@portsmouthschoolsri.org