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Pre-K Program

The HCPSS Pre-K program is a high-quality, half-day prekindergarten program. Students must be four years old by September 1, 2021 to be considered for enrollment in fall 2021. The comprehensive curriculum taught by certified staff supports early learning and school readiness and provides experiences that foster children’s academic, social, emotional and physical development.

Is my child eligible for the program?

Students must be four years old by September 1.

The Maryland State Department of Education requires that the Pre-K program be made available first to students who meet first priority criteria: income eligible, homelessness and foster care.

At this time, families that qualify for first priority criteria are placed first into Pre-K and second priority applicants are placed on the waitlist until mid-August. At that time, the Office of Early Childhood Programs will review enrollment and space availability to see if the second priority criteria applicants can be considered for placement into Pre-K.

How do I apply?

Parent(s)/guardian(s) of prospective Pre-K students will now have two options for submitting their Pre-K application and beginning the enrollment process.

Option 1

  1. Parent(s)/guardian(s) submit a Pre-K application via email or USPS for decision based on eligibility guidelines.
  2. If accepted, parent(s)/guardian(s) can begin the enrollment process online and upload their program acceptance letter as proof of income.

Option 2

  1. Parent(s)/guardian(s) begin the Online Registration Process.
  2. Once parent(s)/guardian(s) submit their information and documentation through the online portal, their information goes into the school queue to determine if students meet first priority criteria.

Where will my child be enrolled?

HCPSS Pre-K programs are only located at selected school sites. A Pre-K student will attend the school to which s/he is assigned. The student will then attend kindergarten at his/her regularly designated school regardless of where s/he attended Pre-K.

Health Documentation

If approved for the program, parents of prospective pre-kindergarten students have to complete all health documentation requirements for their student.

This includes a physical, evidence of immunizations and evidence of blood lead testing. Students should have a lead test before enrolling in a pre-kindergarten program.

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  • Office of Early Childhood Programs, 410-313-5693

See Also: Other Pre-K Options