Pre-K &
Head Start

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Begin the Journey

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 Application & Qualifications

Online applications are now open for 2020-21 Pre-K classes.
Las solicitudes en línea ahora están abiertas para las clases de pre-kinder 2020-21.

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Pre-K/Head Start Requirements

  • SCS Pre-K is open children in Shelby County who turn 4 years-old by August 15.
  • Head Start is open to children in Shelby County who turn 3 years-old by August 15.
  • Parents must provide a current physical and immunization record.
  • Priority is given to “at-risk” students who meet income eligibility guidelines.
  • Students above the income eligibility requirement are placed on a waiting list.
  • If Pre-K seats are available after September 30, a limited number may be opened for students who are over income.
  • Priority will be given to students considered "at-risk," as defined by the State's guidelines.
  • Parents of admitted students are required to participate in mandatory orientation.
  • Transportation is not provided for Pre-K or Head Start by SCS.

Begin the Journey to College and Career Readiness!

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