How Do I Qualify and Apply?

  • Qualifications

    • Your child must be four years old before September 30.
    • You must live in the school attendance areas.
    • Your family must meet income guidelines. Local criteria includes:
    • Either parent is a high school dropout
    • Family member suffers from substance abuse, mental illness, or disability
    • Single parent home
    • Death/terminal illness of a family member
    • Student is being raised by someone other than a parent
    • English is not the primary language spoken in the home
    • Parent is deployed, (military)
    • Parent is incarcerated
    • Child has documented social/emotional, self-regulation skill deficits
    • Prolonged/persistent health issues of the child or family member
    • Teen parent

    • Residential mobility—families who have moved more than once in a year within the city
    • Medical autism diagnosis
    • Four or more children in the family
    • COVID-19 Impact
      • The furlough of one or both parents
      • Loss of child support due to loss of employment
      • Parent resigned due to lack of child care
      • Illness/death of family member due to COVID-19
      • Household has experienced hardship as a result of a parent being considered essential
      • Child's or parent's mental health impacted by COVID-19
    • Other local criteria may qualify your child.

    Inquiries may be directed to:
    Angie Cain
    Early Childhood Coordinator

  • Registration Requirements

    Income Verification: The following are acceptable forms of income verification; TANF/SSI payment information, W-2 forms or pay stubs which indicate gross year-to-date earnings, Last year’s tax return (1040), An official letter from your employer stating your monthly earnings, and/or Documentation of child support or spousal support.

    Proof of Residency: Lease, rent agreement, mortgage statement or other forms of ID which provide proof of address (utility bill, car registration, bank statement, personal property tax bill, etc.)

  • You will also need

    Child’s birth certificate

    Medical insurance card for your child (Medicaid, FAMIS, Private)

    Current Immunization record and current physical

    Custody papers/court papers regarding your child (if this applies to your child)

    SNAP information if your family receives benefits

  • Application Process

    Preschool Staff members will hold a Preschool Eligibility Day at each of the Elementary Schools from 8:00am-12:00pm and 4:00pm-6:00pm.

    • Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary—April 5, 2021
    • Frederick Douglass Elementary—April 6, 2021
    • John Kerr Elementary—April 7, 2021
    • Garland Quarles Elementary—April 8, 2021

    Please bring your proof of income, proof of residency, and the child's birth certificate. If your child is determined to be eligible, you will be given a registration packet to complete and return.

    After these Eligibility Days, you can either choose the online process or you may register your child at your child's elementary school. Families may use the School Zone Locator or call an elementary school to confirm the school zone in which the family resides.

    Parents or legal guardians can apply online while schools are closed by using one of the following links to submit their information: | ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL |A staff member will contact you to guide you through the process.