CRANFORD - Cranford Public Schools offers an inclusive half-day preschool Program called READY. The READY program is a regular education preschool program that places children with special needs with their typical peers.

According to the release, the Philosophy is based on the rationale that children learn through modeling and imitation, and are motivated by other children. By integrating students with disabilities into typical preschool classes, maximum growth and development is achieved for all children. Children who will be 3 years old or 4 years old by October 1, 2020 and are Cranford residents are eligible for READY.

Applications must be received by U.S. mail or hand-delivered no later than Friday, January 10, 2020 to the Board of Education Office, 132 Thomas Street, Cranford. Applications will not be accepted after that date. Because of the popularity of this program, entry into the READY program for non-disabled students may be based on a lottery, if needed, which will be held on January 17.

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If your child is selected, you will be notified by mail shortly thereafter. If you are registering multiples, we cannot guarantee all children will be selected. The tuition charge for this program is $4,400.00, or $440.00 per month. First and last months tuition is due upon acceptance into the program, and is non-refundable.

Cranford does not provide transportation to students in this program. Applications for the READY program are available in the main offices at all the elementary schools within the district, as well as the district's website,

For additional information, or if you have any questions, you may call The Office of Special Services at (908) 709-6217.