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Applying for Early Admission to Pre-K

Pre-K early admission is based on need

The HCPSS Pre-K program is provided, per Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) regulations, to any child who meets first priority criteria (disadvantaged economic status, homelessness, and foster care). This eligibility is based on information submitted on the HCPSS Pre-K Early Admission application and the supporting documentation that is provided.

Requirements

Age: fourth birthday falls between September 2 and October 13

Demonstrated need requirement:

  • The student meets first priority criteria (disadvantaged economic status, homelessness, and foster care)
  • In addition, students must demonstrate a need for early intervention as defined by at-risk developmental factors that critically impact potential success in kindergarten (Policy 9000)

Admission determined by: Office of Early Childhood Programs and Office of Early Intervention Services

Meet the requirements? Find out more about applying ↓

At-Risk Development Factors

As stated in the Howard County Public School System Policy 9000 (Student Residency, Eligibility, Enrollment and Assignment), children accepted for early admission to HCPSS Pre-K must demonstrate a need for early intervention as defined by at-risk developmental factors that critically impact potential success in kindergarten.

Early admission does not guarantee that the child will be promoted to the next grade. Decisions regarding promotion of early admitted Pre-K students to kindergarten are based on performance during the Pre-K year.

Notification of Decision

After reviewing submitted application documents, the Office of Early Childhood Programs will notify parents/guardians of qualification or non-qualification based on income eligibility and based on demonstrated need for early intervention.

A decision of acceptance or denial for Early Admission to HCPSS Pre-K will be mailed, with instructions for next steps. Eligible students may have to wait for placement, which is dependent upon available space at the start of the school year.

Applying for Early Admission

Early Admission to Prekindergarten for SY 2019-20 is now open. Apply now

Application Timeline

Step 1: March 1 – June 28

Parent(s)/guardian(s) submit Application to the HCPSS Office of Early Childhood Programs.

Office of Early Childhood Programs determines if student qualifies for HCPSS Pre-K based on first priority criteria. Learn more →

Step 2: March – June 28*

*Form will be given to parents soon after receipt of application packet.

If student qualifies based on first priority criteria, parent(s)/guardian(s) receive a copy of Ages & Stages Questionnaire (FORM A and FORM B) via U.S. Mail.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) complete and submit Ages & Stages Questionnaire (FORM A) to the HCPSS Office of Early Childhood Programs.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) request that preschool teacher, child care provider, or other non-related adult complete and submit Ages & Stages Questionnaire (FORM B) to the HCPSS Office of Early Childhood Programs.

* It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to follow up with the person asked to complete and mail Ages & Stages Questionnaire FORM B in advance of the June 28, 2019 deadline.

Step 3: No later than July 12, 2019

Parent(s)/guardian(s) receive notification from the Office of Early Childhood Programs regarding qualification or non-qualification for early admission based on educational need.

Step 4: August – September 27, 2019

Eligible students may have to wait for placement, which is dependent upon available space at the start of the school year.

If accepted, parent(s)/guardian(s) register children at assigned school. Find out more about student registration →

If denied, parent(s)/guardian(s) may appeal decision of early admission.

Send appeals to:

Division of School Management and Instructional Leadership
Howard County Public School System
10910 Clarksville Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042
Attn: Performance, Equity, and Community Response Officer

Contact Us

For additional questions, please contact early_admission@hcpss.org