A new pre-kindergarten program for boys at Fairfield Country Day School for the 2011-12 academic year is taking applications.

An open house about the new program will take place at 9 a.m. Feb. 4 for interested parents. Deborah Sullinger, the head of the Lower School, will present the new program, lead tours and provide an overview of the application process. Families interested in other grade levels are also welcome.

The pre-k program will offer boys the opportunity to explore new learning experiences and prepare for kindergarten. Eligible boys must be 4 years old by the start of the new school year.

They will attend school Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginning in January of each year, the boys will have an extended program until 2 p.m. one day a week and will include a family-style lunch with teachers and other Lower School boys in the dining room.

The curriculum will focus on kindergarten readiness by introducing the foundations of reading, writing and mathematics, and exposed the boys to science, art, music and Spanish.

The use of technology and the library/media center, where Smart Boards and laptops are available, will be incorporated into the instruction.

The boys in the program also will have available to them the use of the theater, science labs, playground and sport court, gymnasium, dining room, outdoor hockey rink and playing fields.