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Pre-K/Head Start

Is your 4-year-old future scholar ready to begin his or her education journey? Begin the journey with SCS Pre-K! Our Pre-K program is one of the first and most important steps families can take to ensure students are prepared for success in Kindergarten and beyond. We serve approximately 5,000 students each year at select elementary schools across Shelby County and multiple community partner sites. Every year, Pre-K students score higher in Kindergarten than many of their peers who did not take an early childhood program. Pre-K students also routinely outperform District goals for foundational skills, language and more.

Pre-K space is limited, and students must turn 4 by August 15 to be eligible.
For more info, call (901) 416-3450.

Pre-K Program Requirements

  • SCS Pre-K is open children in Shelby County who turn 4 years-old on or before August 15.
  • Parents must provide a current physical and immunization record.
  • Priority will be given to students considered "at-risk," as defined by the State's guidelines.
  • Parents of children admitted into the Pre-K program are required to participate in a mandatory parent orientation.
  • Transportation is not provided by SCS.

Pre-K Screening Checklist

Click on What To Bring to see the link for the Pre-K Screening Checklist

You must bring the original as well as two copies of the following items when your child is screened. No copies will be made at screening.