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Welcome to the Lynn Public Schools Early Childhood Department

Our Philosophy

Young children grow in cognitive, physical, social, and emotional skills during the early childhood years. The Lynn Public Schools is committed to providing high-quality, developmentally appropriate, standards-based child-centered activities within a well-equipped, organized setting. We believe supporting a child's healthy development provides the basis for academic success, and promotes the foundation for becoming life-long learners.

Our Goals

  • Recognize parents as their child’s first, most important, and longest lasting teacher
  • Foster a parent/teacher partnership
  • Maintain communication with families about their child’s progress
  • Provide high quality standards-based instruction, across all domains
  • Utilize authentic, formative assessments on an ongoing basis
  • Provide any necessary and documented additional support services as needed
  • Set a pattern for good attendance in school
  • Encourage students to become life-long learners

Our Department Information

Early Childhood Department Information
Phone (781) 477-7220
Fax n/a
Address 100 Bennett Street, Lynn, MA 01905


Early Childhood Personnel
Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood
Jacqueline Gallo (781) 477-7220 x 3211

Developmental Screening

Child Find


Each year, in accordance with state and federal law, cities and towns are mandated to implement a   "Child Find" system for three and four year olds, and for all children who are of age to enter kindergarten, to identify any child who may be in need of special education services.

In order to identify any potential need for special education services, children in Lynn are screened by trained staff of the Lynn Public Schools using the Early Screening Inventory, Revised Edition (ESI-R). This screening reviews a child's development in cognition, speech/language, fine and gross motor coordination, vision, and hearing. The screening takes approximately thirty minutes.

If, as a result of the screening, potential areas of need are identified, the child is then referred to the school district's Special Education Department. The Special Education Department then contacts the parent/guardian for permission to conduct further evaluation in order to determine if there is a need for special education services.


The Lynn Public Schools conducts developmental screenings for preschool children, ages 3, 4, and 5, with the following developmental concerns:

  Fine Motor Coordination
  Gross Motor Coordination

Screening is intended only for children whose parents/guardians have developmental concerns about their child.

Welcome to Preschool
Lynn Public Schools Preschool Integrated Program Information

The Lynn Public Schools offers the following integrated preschool program:

In accordance with the Massachusetts General Law MGL (603 CMR 28.00: Special Education), the Lynn Public Schools has a number of Integrated Preschool Programs for children with and without special needs.  The primary purpose of the program is to integrate three and four year old children with special needs in a preschool classroom with typically developing (non-special needs) four year old children serving as role models. The program provides children with special needs the opportunity to learn from their peers as well as from the instructional staff. 

A Preschool Lottery is held each year in the Spring. To be eligible for the lottery, children must be 4 years of age on or before September 1st of that year.


Lynn Public Schools Preschool Lottery

2020 Preschool Lottery Update

The 2020 Preschool Lottery is in process. Families will be notified of results when completed. For any questions, please contact:

Jacqueline Gallo
(781) 477-7220 x3211

New Item Lynn PreSchool Application Download (PDF)
  2019-2020 PreSchool Application - English
  2019-2020 PreSchool Application - Arabic
  2019-2020 PreSchool Application - Hatitian Creole
  2019-2020 PreSchool Application - Khmer
  2019-2020 PreSchool Application - Spanish

Applications for the Preschool Lottery Are Also Available At:
  The main office of any Lynn Public School
  The main desk of the Lynn Public Library
  The front desk the School Administration Building | 100 Bennett Street

Drop Off Completed Applications At:
  Lynn Public Schools Main Desk/Foyer
Administration Building | 100 Bennett Street Lynn, MA 01905
Mail Completed Applications To:
  Lynn Public Schools
Att: Jacqueline Gallo
Administration Building | 100 Bennett Street Lynn, MA 01905

Welcome to Kindergarten

The Lynn Public Schools offers a full day kindergarten program to all Lynn children. Children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall must be five years old on or before September 1 of that year. Each classroom has highly qualified instructors, who use the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks incorporating the Common Core State Standards. All kindergarten programs offer developmentally appropriate opportunities that meet each child's needs.


1. During the last 2 weeks of August, create a routine for your family. Set an early bedtime and stick to it.

2. Work with your child in developing self help skills: tying their shoes, zipping their coats and using the bathroom independently.

3. Talk and listen to your child when you do something together (i.e., eating, shopping or taking a walk).

4. Use counting in your daily activities. For example, count the people in your family, toys, or pages in a book, etc.

5. Teach your child to resolve problems with siblings or friends using his/her words, not his/her hands.

6. Limit the amount of time your child spends watching TV and playing video games. (1 - 2 hours) each day.

7. Read to your child daily! After you read the story, talk about what you read with your child.

8. Have your child practice writing his/her first name. Encourage a correct pencil/crayon grip.

9. Turn driving in the car into fun by playing games such as pointing out familiar signs, finding letters, etc.

10. Encourage your child to be independent by allowing him/her to make certain choices - ("Do you want to wear your red shirt or blue shirt today?").

Early Childhood News

Early Childhood Literacy Night Multi-Language Flyer
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City of Lynn Online Community Resource Guide
A comprehensive online list of helpful community and family resources. Use the link below to visit the City's new online Service Guide.

Hard copies of the Community and Family Resource Guide will also be available at:
• The Lynn Public Schools Parent Information Center
• The Lynn Public Library
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