Welcome to the Strafford Learning Center Preschool Education Program (PEP) operated for the Oyster River School District. PEP is an integrated program providing speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and other related services within the context of a developmentally appropriate preschool program. Strafford Learning Center and PEP successfully completed the state onsite approval process in 2014 and has been re-approved through June 2019.

In September 2010, PEP was relocated to Oyster River High School with two classrooms and a dedicated preschool bathroom located off of one of the rooms. A playground specifically designed for preschool aged students, was constructed by a team of community volunteers. PEP runs two morning classes for 3 year old students, and two afternoon classes for 4 year old students. Beginning in September, 2017 the hours of the program will be 9:15-11:45 and 12:45-3:45 respectively. The primary purpose of PEP is to provide a special education program for those students of ages 3-5 who have been determined in need of such a program through the special education process. In addition, some children from the community are enrolled in the program for a fee.

PEP utilizes the Creative Curriculum for Preschool (Trister, Dodge, D. et. al. 2002) as a foundation for curriculum decisions. The Creative Curriculum is a research based curriculum which integrates all areas of development into center based learning experiences. The Creative Curriculum is used across the country in both regular education and special education programs. In addition to the Creative Curriculum, elements of other curriculums, such as Eureka Math® and Handwriting without Tears® are utilized for curriculum decision making. If you are interested in receiving more information about the enrollment process, please contact Laurie Grant, Program Coordinator, at 389-3695 or lgrant@orcsd.org.