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. Deadline is March 1.

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

Applying is a two-step process.

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

In April, a lottery will be held to select students. The number of students chosen for each school will depend upon special education enrollment.

The fee for 3-year-olds, who will meet four mornings a week, is $160 per month. The fee for 4-year-olds, who will attend five afternoons a week, is $180.

Tuition will be charged from August through May.

Parents must provide transportation.

For information and registration, call 860-354-2654 or visit to download an application.