4-Year-Old Prekindergarten

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    Those uncomfortable or unable to enroll online may call the 4-Year-Old Prekindergarten school of enrollment to make an appointment. 

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    Aquellos que no se sientan cómodos o que no puedan inscribirse por internet puden llamar a la escuela del prekinder para hacer una cita. 

    4-year-old Prekindergarten site locationsLearn about A Day in 4- Year- Old Prekindergarten.

    Four-Year-Old Prekindergarten registration has catchment zones for enrollment.

    AACPS is required to offer prekindergarten enrollment to families who qualify under the priority enrollment qualifications set forth in the Blueprint. These qualifications, in priority order, are:

    • Household income at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) based on the Federal Poverty Guidelines or families experiencing homelessness.
    • Students with active Individualized Education Plans or Individualized Family Service Plan.
    • Home language other than English.

    Children enrolling in 4-Year-Old Prekindergarten must be 4-years-old on or by September 1, 2024. The first step for applying to our 4-Year-Old Prekindergarten is to complete the online application. Registration must be done by a parent or legal guardian and proof of identification must be uploaded along with the completed online application. No additional documentation is uploaded with the application.  After your application is reviewed, which could take several weeks, and seats remain after enrollment of students in the above categories, schools may enroll students with other readiness needs at the beginning of October.  When offered a seat in the program, families applying for prekindergarten must provide:

      • Proof of identification of the person submitting enrollment documentation (must be a parent or legal guardian)
      • The student’s original birth certificate or birth record.
      • A copy of the student’s immunization record.
      • Two proofs of residency (rental or mortgage agreement and current utility bill).
      • Custody order (if applicable).

    Additionally, families must verify their income eligibility when offered a seat by submitting one of the following:

      • Federal Income Tax Return (1040 statement), W2 or a C/1099 along with documentation related to other sources of income such as child support and/or rental income for each adult in the household
      • Current award letter for Temporary Cash Assistance
      • Current award letter for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
      • Documentation for foster care
      • McKinney-Vento Program Enrollment Form

    Each elementary school in AACPS now has an assigned 4-year-old prekindergarten location.  Families will be offered a seat in the program at the closest prekindergarten location with availability.

    Families who do not have internet access or who need additional assistance completing an application should contact the school at which they intend to enroll their student. School staff are able to assist families with completion of the online application.

    Information about the recommended immunizations for children entering school is available at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/.

    AACPS prekindergarten programs offer a high-quality educational experience to eligible children in order to prepare them with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for school success in kindergarten and beyond.

    Public Four-Year-Old prekindergarten may not be used as an alternative to kindergarten. Students on a kindergarten wavier may not attend public prekindergarten. All 4-year olds are eligible to apply for the program. However, enrollment is limited because of funding. Some schools may have waiting lists.

    Alternative Placement Request (2023-2024)

    Anne Arundel County Public Schools has developed a process and guidelines for 4-year-old Prekindergarten Alternative Placement requests which is separate from the Out-of-Area process used for Kindergarten through 12th grade. Parents or guardians may request an Alternative Placement for 4-year-old prekindergarten for the following reasons: 

    • The family is moving into the attendance area within 90 days; documentation is required.
    • Student is the child of a full-time employee of the requested school.
    • Daycare is outside the designated attendance area.

    The 4-year-old Prekindergarten Alternative Placement committee will review all applications and inform the family of the decision within 10 business days.  Approved requests will be communicated to the receiving school. 

    Requests will be denied if the 4-year-old Prekindergarten class(es) are full or if the school is closed to out-of-area-students. 

    An Anne Arundel County parent or guardian may request a 4-year-old Prekindergarten Alternative Placement by completing this form for the 2024-2025 school year.

    If you are requesting an Alternative Placement due to daycare, please also complete this Daycare Verification form and email it to earlychildhood@aacps.org