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    General Guidelines

    The following are the Maryland State Department of Education age requirements for enrollment into prekindergarten:

    Children admitted to the prekindergarten program in the public school shall be at least four (4) years old on or before September 1 of the school year in which they apply for entrance.


    Prekindergarten registration will begin on April 8, 2019 for children that reside within the boundary of a prekindergarten program location, verified by school finder. Beginning June 1st, families may register at any elementary school with a half-day prekindergarten program that still has available seats . Transportation will only be provided to boundary schools.  You may call the Early Childhood Office at 240-724-1924 for further clarification. 

    *Site locations and program structure (half-day/full-day) are subject to change based on additional funding.*

    Application Criteria  

    Families may apply for prekindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year if your child is four years old by September 1, 2019 and meets any of the following criteria: 

    • meets the income eligibility guidelines
      • No above income families will be enrolled or placed on a waiting list for Prekindergarten 
    • registered with the Mckinney Vento Program 
    • demonstrates developmental delays or is at risk for developmental delays as identified by an IEP placement

    Early Entrance

    A parent/guardian may make a request for early entrance into prekindergarten if the child turns four (4) years of age between September 2 and October 15, of the school year for which they are requesting early entrance.    

    A parent/guardian must apply for early entrance into prekindergarten at their boundary prekindergarten site.

    **Families must qualify for the prekindergarten program before applying for early entrance.**

    No applications for early entrance will be accepted after June 1st.