Early Childhood Programs

Kristen Farias, Director

Early Childhood
381 Ray Street, Fall River 
Mailing Address: 367 Ray Street, Fall River MA 02720
508-675-8421 Ext.55265                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Welcome to the Fall River Public School District’s Early Childhood Programs.  We work to ensure that all families with children prenatal through 8 years old have access in their community to the support and services that are essential to their success.

We provide information on school readiness activities, integrated preschool programs,  developmental screenings, Preschool and Kindergarten registration, play & learn groups, early education and care programs, state-wide centralized wait list for child care vouchers, family literacy programs, newsletters, adult literacy programs and much more.





This program helps families who do not have access to educational resources in the community to prepare their children to enter school ready to succeed from home. 

To learn more please visit our website or to complete a referral please contact our office at 508-675-8421 Ext.55128






If you are a stay-at-home parent or caregiver of a child 0-5 years, please join us at one or more of our free 

Play & Learn Groups.


Please visit our website for more information.


The Fall River Public Schools offers half and full day preschool classrooms focused on the development of each child's social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills through a developmentally appropriate, play-based program. Enrollment in our preschool classrooms follows a lottery system. For more information on our preschool lottery please click here

Registration for the preschool lottery will run from January 2 through March 31. Applications received after March 31 will be placed on a wait list. Children must be 4 years old on or before September 1 to be eligible for the preschool lottery. Please click on the link below to register for the lottery. Staff from the Early Childhood Office will be contacting registered families to schedule an appointment for a developmental screening beginning February 1. Final information on the lottery and school placements will be provided to families in early June. Please note while we make every effort to place children in their neighborhood school we are not able to guarantee a specific school or length of day. 

2024-2025 Preschool Lottery Process 

Information and screening information for students entered in the lottery was sent to families via email on April 1. If you entered in the lottery prior to March 31 and did not receive the email please check your spam/junk folder or call the Early Childhood Office at 508-675-8421 ext 55128

SY24-25 Preschool Lottery WAITLIST 


If you have concerns surrounding your child's development please reach out to schedule a developmental screening. 

click here for more information or contact:

Betsy McKinnon
508-675-8421 Ext.55154