West Hartford Public Schools is excited to offer nationally accredited school-day pre-kindergarten programs for West Hartford residents at Charter Oak International Academy!


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Charter Oak
International Academy

  • five classrooms

  • must be 3 or 4 years old on or before January 1st

  • any West Hartford resident may apply

The West Hartford Public Schools prekindergarten implements the Creative Curriculum for Preschool. This play-based approach is grounded in research and early childhood theory. Teachers plan for and assess young children's development using the companion assessment tool called Teaching Strategies GOLD.

The pre-kindergarten program currently does not accept applications for children that are kindergarten age eligible. Applications are available online and in elementary school offices between January and March the school year prior. Enrollment is based on a lottery system

Charter Oak Pre-K Staff

Cindy Barron

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Nichola Dustin

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Irene Garneau

Department Supervisor of Early Childhood Education

Emily McMurray

PreKindergarten Teacher

Kimberlee O'Connell

PreKindergarten Teacher

Kishana Pinnock

PreKindergarten Teacher