Preschool Registration Information

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    Preschool registration is now done online. 

    Use this page to guide you through the registration and enrollment process for preschool.


    Who is Eligible to Register for Preschool?

    Children turning 4 years old on or before September 1, 2021 are eligible to register for preschool. Children receiving Special Education services are eligible to attend preschool at the age of 3. 


    In our preschool program, your child will develop the social, language, literacy, math and science skills needed for elementary school and beyond! To Learn more about our preschool programs please visit our Early Childhood website. To learn more about resources available through our community partners, click here.


    Before You Register:

    • Identify three school choices. You may select any three schools offering preschool programming. Please refer to this chart for a list of available schools that offer preschool.

    • Consider the starting and ending times for each school, as well as your needs for before and after school care. Please note that transportation for preschool students is NOT provided by the district. Families are responsible for transporting children.

    • Gather documents needed for registration including:

      • Child’s birth certificate
      • Child's immunization records
      • Photo ID of parent/guardian registering the child
      • Proof of residency (copy of current utility bill, lease, or mortgage that is dated within the last thirty days)
        • If you are living with a Lowell resident, you will need to complete a third party affidavit. Please have a conversation with us if you are unable to produce sufficient documentation or if your housing is insecure. We abide by McKinney-Vento. Please use this link for more information on third party affidavits and McKinney-Vento.


    Registration Process:

    • Register your child online between March 8, 2021 and March 28, 2021 before 11:59pm to be eligible for the lottery. Registrations are processed Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm, however registrations can be submitted online at any time.

    Online Registration banner

    There are three ways to submit the online registration form. 


    1. Registration via Computer (recommended): Click on this link. This will take you to the Aspen registration portal. You will need to create an account with Aspen before entering your child’s information. For help with creating an account, click here. Please note that this option is only compatible with a desktop or laptop. 

    2. Registration In-Person: Come into the Family Resource Center, located at 151 Merrimack Street, to use a computer and fill out the form. The Family Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 7am until 4pm each day. Please note that the last walk-in registration can be started at 3:40pm. However, after-hours appointments will be available if scheduled in advance. In order to minimize wait time for in-person registrants, we encourage you to call 978-674-4321 to schedule an appointment since the office is limited to 21 guests due to social distancing guidelines.

    3. Registration for Mobile Devices: Email to request an online registration form that is compatible with mobile devices like a phone or tablet. Families can also call 978-674-4321 to discuss any need for support or accommodations.

    Once you submit the registration form, you will receive an email from the Family Resource Center informing you of the status of your registration.

    Preschool Lottery

    • The Preschool lottery will occur by May 31, 2021. We will share the date when it has been finalized. 

    • All children pre-registering will be assigned a lottery number.

    • Pre-registered families will receive notification providing the student’s lottery number and their proposed school assignment.

    • Upon receiving written notification of preschool assignment, families MUST respond selecting one of the following options:

      • Accept placement
      • Accept placement and remain on waitlist for preferred school
      • Reject placement and remain on waitlist for preferred school
      • Reject placement and seek alternative preschool programming

    Families MUST return the proposed assignment letter within 15 days to the Early Childhood Department indicating one of the selections above.


    Preschool Assignment

    • Upon receipt of your written selection, the Early Childhood Department will issue an official assignment letter.

    • If you have a question about your child’s placement, you may contact:

    • In August you will receive notification from your child’s school with their teacher assignment.


    Frequently Asked Questions About Registration

    Have additional questions about the registration process or the preschool lottery? Click here for a list of frequently asked questions


    Preschool Registration Info Session

    The Lowell Public Schools hosted a pair of virtual information sessions to go over the preschool program and the preschool registration process. This is a recording from a session held March 4, 2021.



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