In order to address the need for appropriate preschool programming for our youngest learners as well as to meet the desires of the Columbia community, we are pleased to inform you that Porter Pals will be offering two full-day classes for the 2019 -2020 school year.  Families who would like the option of picking their child up at midday will be welcomed to do so.  The program will be structured so that most academic instruction and learning will occur within the morning hours.  The afternoon will be devoted to continued socialization and enrichment activities.

Pre-school Registration 2019-2020 School Year 

The Pre-school lottery selection for the 2019-2020 school year has been completed.  If you have been notified that your child was selected to participate in the Porter Pre-school Program for the 2019-2020 school year you will need to complete the online registration process by clicking the following registration link.  2019-2020 PK Registration  

 If you have any questions or need assistance with the online registration process you can contact Tammy Nye at (860) 228-9493 ext. 161 or

The Student Services Department is committed to providing a continuum of specialized instruction, related services, and accommodations for students with disabilities that affords them the opportunity to meet the demands of the general education curriculum. Through the collaboration of special and general education teachers and related services staff, we provide individually designed instruction that addresses both academic and social emotional learning. We believe the most successful student outcomes will be the result of collaborative work between the student, parents and staff.

The Early Childhood Team of Horace W. Porter School is pleased to announce that we will conduct Preschool Screenings for Columbia 3 year olds (turning 3 by December 31, 2019) and any 4 year olds not previously screened (and not turning 5 by December 31, 2019)

SCREENING DATES:  Tuesday, November 5, 2019                                                              

All public school systems in Connecticut are responsible for the identification of children who may be eligible to receive special education services.  The early childhood team in Columbia offers preschool developmental screenings for current resident children.  The purpose of this screening is to collect information about each preschooler’s early development in the areas of cognition, communication, motor functioning, and social interaction.  This will help us to determine whether your child needs any special services in order to prepare for school success. 

If you have concerns about a child that has not yet turned 3, please contact Birth-to-Three program at (800) 505-7000.

If you have any questions regarding the preschool program or registering for a screening, please feel free to contact Deborah Dupuis, Secretary to the Director of Student Services, at (860) 228-0585.