Each year over 1,300 new students enter the Stamford Public School (SPS) district. Kindergarten plays an important role in shaping these young learners. It is necessary that these students have a positive classroom experience to ignite their lifelong love of learning.

SPEF is committed to helping teachers, students, and families have a positive early education experience. It all begins with registering your child for kindergarten.

SPEF’s Summer Start Early Learning Experience

Summer Start is a FREE 5-week, half-day program for children entering the Stamford Public Schools (SPS) who have not had a complete preschool experience.

There are many factors that present challenges and gaps in a child’s learning experience.  Before entering formal learning in the Stamford Public Schools, SPEF wants to ensure that each child has the opportunity to enjoy a safe, fun, and nurturing Pre-K learning experience.

Summer Start 2022
July 5th – August 5th
8:15am – 12:15pm
Hart Elementary School

Who is eligible? Children who are 4 or 5 years old, entering Stamford Public Schools for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years.

Summer Start 2021 was a success! SPEF’s Summer Start Program provided 161 preschoolers with engaging classroom activities, combined with theme-based, hands-on projects and fun field trips to build math and literacy skills–aligned with Connecticut Core State Standards.

Preschoolers had an opportunity to learn classroom routines while interacting socially with fellow rising SPS students. The Summer Start experience helped lessen the anxiety and stress some children feel when starting their first formal schooling.

We are grateful for Verizon’s support of Summer Start! We are eager to build on our successes and learn from this year’s program when we set out to begin planning for Summer Start 2022.

Questions? Contact (203)-280-3766 or programs@spefct.org (English/Spanish).

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