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
List Early Childhood Department
Michelle Flynn | Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood
(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 will be conducting developmental screening in the spring of 2014 for preschool children, ages 3, 4, and 5, with the following developmental concerns:

  - Cognition
  - Speech/Language
  - Fine Motor Coordination
  - Gross Motor Coordination
  - Vision
  - Hearing

Screening is intended only for children whose parents/guardians have developmental concerns about their child. Please call (781) 477-7220 x 3211 between the hours of 7:45 AM and 3:45 PM for a screening appointment.

Welcome to Preschool
Lynn Public Schools Preschool Program Information

The Lynn Public Schools offers the following two types of free preschool programs:

Integrated Preschool Programs | 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. 

Typically developing children entering preschool in the fall of 2014 must be four years old on or before September 1 of that year.

Location and Hours of Lynn Public School Integrated Preschool Programs:





“Cubbie’s Den” at LVTI

(1) Integrated


7:45 - 10:25
11:05 - 1:45

“Cubbie’s Den” at LVTI

(1) Integrated


SPED | 7:45 - 1:45 
Typically Developing Students | 7:45 - 10:25

LPS at Curwin Terrace

(2) Integrated


7:45 - 10:25
11:05 - 1:45


(2) Integrated


7:45 - 10:25
11:05 - 1:45

LPS Early Childhood Center |
90 Commercial Street

(3) Integrated


SPED | 7:45 - 1:45
Typically Developing Students | 8:30 - 11:10

Neighborhood Preschool Programs | At the Connery and Harrington Elementary Schools, a neighborhood preschool program is offered for children, residing in the Connery or Harrington school districts,

 Children entering preschool in the fall of 2014 must be four years old on or before September 1 of that year.

Location and Hours of Lynn Public School Neighborhood Preschool Programs:








8:15 - 10:55
11:30 - 2:10




7:45 - 10:25
11:05 - 1:45


Preschool Lottery Applications Are Now Closed

Applications for the Preschool Lottery are available only during enrollment specific periods. Please see below for the application available for download in English, Spanish, Creole, Khmer and Arabic.

To be eligible for placement into the Integrated Preschool Program, parents / guardians must fill out and submit a Preschool Lottery Application. Please see below for more information.

Typically developing children entering preschool in the fall of 2014 must be four years old on or before September 1 of that year and must be a resident of Lynn.

The half-day program is free of charge, but parents/guardians of the typically developing children must provide their own transportation.

Due to the limited number of available seats, and to ensure equal access to the Preschool Program, a computer generated lottery will be held to select from the applicants.  Parents are notified by mail with the acceptance into the program, or placement on the wait-list. If a parent/guardian declines placement or moves out of the district, children on the wait-list will be taken in the order in which they were selected in the lottery.

Preschool Lottery Applications For September 2014 Are Now Closed

New Item 2014-2015 Lynn PreSchool Application Download (PDF)
  2014-2015 PreSchool Application | English
  2014-2015 PreSchool Application | Espanola
  2014-2015 PreSchool Application | Hatian Creole
  2014-2015 PreSchool Application | Khmer
  2014-2015 PreSchool Application | Arabic

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
  - At the Community and Family Resource Fair, held in late March.

Parents/guardians who have questions or want to learn more about the program can call Michelle Flynn at 781 477-7220 x 3211 or

Mid Year PreSchool Lottery Application | NOW CLOSED

A computer generated lottery will be held on January 21, 2014
(Changed from January 20, 2014 due to the Martin Luther King holiday)

Families chosen by the lottery will be notified by mail. Those awarded slots must register by the date on the award notice or the slot will be forfeited.

Please note that all programs are half-day session. Transportation is the responsibility of the Parent/Guardian.

For more information, please contact Michelle Flynn
781 477-7220 x 3211 or

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 of 2014 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

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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Our 2104 Archive

Community and Family Resource Fair | March 27, 2014 - 5:30 - 7:30 PM

In the Foyer of the Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
Marshall Wharf Building
90 Commercial Street, Lynn

Over 50 Agencies, Free Books, Nutrition Information, Craft Activities, Taekwondo dempnstration, Music by LSP Fine Arts Students and much, much, more!

Find Out About: The Preschool Lottery, Community Resources, Afterschool Programs, Educational and Health Information, and lots of Fun Activities for hundreds of families!!!

Our Sponsors: Coordinated Family & Community Engagement, Lynn Public Schools and the Department of Early Education and Care

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