The New Milford public school system is seeking new students for its integrated Experiential Center for Early Learning (EXCEL) program at Hill and Plain, John Pettibone and Northville Elementary schools.



Applications will be accepted through Feb. 28.



The program's curriculum is developmental and includes play, circle time, art, music, movement and story time.



School officials said the EXCEL program "is a reverse-mainstream preschool, meaning it provides services for children with special needs and their typical peers in one setting."




Officials said the application process is a two-step process.




Applicants will be asked to participate in a play-based classroom observation in March.



The following month, a lottery will take place to select students.




The number of students chosen for each school will be dependent upon special education enrollment.



The fee for 3-year-olds, who will meet four mornings a week, is $140. The fee for 4-year-olds, who will attend five afternoons a week, is $160. Tuition will be charged from August through May. Transportation must be provided by parents.



For more information and registration, call (860) 354-2654.