We offer a high-quality educational system which includes Preschool ($300 per month for 2020-2021 school year) and tuition free full-day Kindergarten at our two elementary schools: Page Hilltop and Lura A. White. We are most fortunate to provide early childhood programs to serve the educational and social needs of our youngest learners. A high quality Preschool and Kindergarten program is the foundation in ensuring academic excellence for each and every student. 

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Click on link for information on "Making the Transition to Kindergarten"

Clink on link for information on "Preschool Guide to Academic Success"

Click on link for Routines for a Good Day

Early Years Daily Calendar Suggestions

Early Years Newsletter

Healthy Childhood Development 

Early Intervention provides family-centered services to help children who qualify develop the skills they need to grow into happy and healthy community members.

Reading Rockets brings quality research-based strategies to teachers, parents, librarians, childcare providers, and others involved in helping children become strong confident readers.

Start with a Book offers parents, caregivers, summer program staff, and librarians engaging ideas for getting kids reading during the summer and year-round.

Best Practices in Early Childhood Transition: A Guide for Families

Learn the Signs: Act Early Important information about healthy developmental milestones in young children. Materials are free and downloadable for families, early childhood educators and health care providers.

Family Ties of Massachusetts Provides information and referral services, emotional support, and training to parents of children and youth with special needs.  

Autism Resource Center of Central MA  Provides support, information, referral, family activities & events, activities for adults on the spectrum, educational programs for parents & therapeutic programs for children with autism as well as siblings, school vacation events and community partnerships to area businesses in Central MA.  

Watch Me Grow! TV program about early childhood development available on YouTube and cable television stations across Massachusetts for families of young children from a variety of cultures. 

Brain Building in Progress explains how the early interactions and experiences young children have with caring adults build the architecture of the developing brain.

ScreenforAutism.org Take the two-minute screening questionnaire. "Screening is the first step in understanding your child's world and helping them be the best they can be"

autismspeaks.org Autism Speaks - Information, News and Resources for Parents and Educators


Preschool registration is on a rolling basis.

Preschool is open for children ages 3 and 4 (Must be 3 before August 31, 2020) and is held at the Page Hilltop Elementary School for both Shirley and Ayer Residents.

Preschool and Kindergarten Registration Packets

Preschool - Includes Preschool class option form and Parent Questionnaire for Preschool

Kindergarten - Includes Parent Questionnaire for Kindergarten

Preschool Orientation Slideshows:
Hybrid Model
Remote Model

CDCs Milestone tracker app
CDCs Milestone tracker app - Spanish

Ayer Shirley Regional Little Panthers Preschool Handbook

141 Washington Street | Phone: 978-772-8600
1 Hospital Rd | Phone: (978) 772-8600
115 Washington Street | Phone: (978) 772-8600
34 Lancaster Road | Phone: (978) 772-8600