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    Published: Jun 10, 2013

    District Reinstates 37 Pre-K Classrooms for 2013-14, Parents Urged to Apply Now for Limited Space

    Memphis, Tenn. - Thirty-seven prekindergarten (Pre-K) classrooms have been reinstated for the 2013-14 school year to boost the number of 4-year-olds the unified district can accommodate this fall. The district reopened 12 classrooms at school sites and 25 at community partner centers, allowing it to now serve a capacity of 3380 Pre-K children. Since space is limited and the timeframe to enroll is brief, parents across Memphis and Shelby County are strongly urged to apply now during Phase II of the enrollment process, June 11 - 27.

    The Pre-K program is a proven school-readiness initiative helping children to be adequately prepared for kindergarten. Priority is given to families meeting low income guidelines.

    From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on specific days between Tuesday, June 11 and Thursday, June 27, parents residing in the city or county who want to enroll their child in Pre-K classes must visit one of five (5) school sites representing each region of the new Shelby County Schools District.

    *See the listing of Pre-K screening sites/dates, as well as a complete list of schools or partner locationswhere Pre-K classes will be offered at the end of this release, or visit:
    Applications are available in both English and Spanish and will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

    To enroll, children must:

    • reside in Memphis or Shelby County
    • turn four years old on or before August 31 (one month earlier than in previous years as governed by the State of Tennessee), and
    • be screened to determine eligibility

    On screening day, parents must bring:

    • proof of income (very important),
    • a certified birth certificate (plus one copy),
    • two proofs of residency,
    • the child's social security card (plus one copy) and
    • the child's health and immunization records on the Tennessee School Form.

    "For decades, research-based evidence has proven that high-quality Pre-K programs increase a child's chance for academic success in the school years and beyond," said Carolyn Harvey, EdD, the district's expert in Pre-K education. Dr. Harvey adds, "We offer a rigorous, innovative curriculum. Several classes are now equipped with iPads for use by the 4-year-olds and some provide interactive Smart Board technology. We also offer effective ESL (English as a Second Language) instruction for our Spanish speaking population." For more information about Pre-K enrollment requirements or the screening period, June 11 - 27, call the Pre-K Office at (901) 416-3450 or visit 

    June 11
    8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Shelby County Region
    Millington Elementary School
    6445 William Osteen Drive
    E. A. Harold Elementary
    Highland Oaks Elementary
    Lucy Elementary
    Millington Elementary
    Northhaven Elementary
    Oak Elementary
    Southwind Elementary

    June 12, 13, 14
    8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Southeast Region
    Southwind Elementary School
    7900 East Shelby Drive
    Belle Forest Elementary
    Bethel Grove Elementary
    Charjean Elementary
    Cherokee Cottonwood Head Start
    Crump Elementary
    Dunbar Elementary
    Getwell Elementary
    Goodlett Elementary
    Hooks Dimmick Childcare Group
    Kindercare-Knight Arnold
    Kindercare-Ridgeway #1
    LaPetite Academy-Riverdale
    LaPetite Academy-Hickory Hill
    Oak Forest Elementary
    Oakhaven Elementary
    Riverdale Kiddie
    Sharpe Elementary
    Sheffield Elementary
    Sherwood Elementary
    South Park Elementary

    June 17, 18, 19
    8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Northwest Region
    Lucie E. Campbell Elementary School
    3232 Birchfield Road
    Brookmeade Elementary
    Delano Head Start
    Jessie Mahan Child Care Center
    Porter Leath Head Start
    Red Robin’s Academy
    Southwest Tennessee Community College-Union Campus
    Bruce Elementary
    Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary
    Carnes Elementary
    Cummings Elementary
    Denver Elementary
    Earnestine Rivers Elementary
    Future Leaders Elementary
    Gordon Elementary
    Hawkins Mill Elementary
    LaPetite Academy-Coleman
    LaRose Elementary
    Lucie E. Campbell Elementary
    Peabody Elementary
    Springdale Elementary
    Vollentine Elementary
    Westside Elementary

    June 20, 21, 24
    8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Southwest Region
    Robert R. Church Elementary School
    4100 Millbranch Road
    A. B. Hill Elementary
    Alcy Elementary
    Alton Elementary
    Doubletree Elementary
    Fairley Elementary
    Florida Kansas Elementary
    Ford Road Elementary
    Gardenview Elementary
    Hamilton Elementary
    Holmes Road Elementary
    Horn Lake Elementary
    Kings and Queens Day Care Center
    Levi Elementary
    Lincoln Elementary
    Magnolia Elementary
    Manor Lake Elementary
    Oakshire Elementary
    Rianeshaven Elementary
    Riverview Elementary
    Westhaven Elementary
    Westwood Elementary
    Whitehaven Elementary

    June 25, 26, 27
    8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Northeast Region
    Shelby Oaks Elementary
    6053 Summer Avenue
    Berclair Elementary
    Covington Pike Head Start
    Lambs & Ivy Pre-School
    LaPetite Academy-Cordova
    Southwest Tennessee Community College-Macon Campus
    Coleman Elementary
    Douglass Elementary
    Jackson Elementary
    Keystone Elementary
    Kingsbury Elementary
    Scenic Hills Elementary
    Spring Hill Elementary
    Treadwell Elementary
    William H. Brewster Elementary


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