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 MSCS 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 2023-24 Pre-K classes
Las solicitudes en línea ahora están abiertas para las clases de pre-kinder 2023-24.

Pre-k team member at pre-k screening

Pre-K/Head Start Eligibility

  • Age for Pre-K: MSCS Pre-K is open children in Shelby County who turn 4 years-old by August 15.
  • Age for Head Start: Head Start is open to children in Shelby County who turn 3 years-old by August 15.
  • Eligibility: Priority is given to students who meet Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Wait List: Students above the income eligibility requirement are placed on a wait list and will be considered for placement after September 30 if space is available.
  • Have questions? Call (901) 416-3450 or email [email protected].

Another pre-k team member at pre-k screening

Application Checklist & Requirements

  • Apply: Submit an online application. Please note, completing the application does not mean the child is accepted. An eligibility appointment must be scheduled to verify age, family income and other household information.
  • Eligibility Review: Once the application has been submitted, staff will contact parents to conduct the eligibility interview. The required documents must be submitted prior to the interview. *Due to COVID-19, interviews will be conducted by phone and in-person by appointments only.
  • Required Documents: View the list of required items for the eligibility review. (Haga clic aquí para Español.) Documents can be submitted online with the application or emailed to [email protected].
  • Acceptance: Emails will be sent to parents whose children meet the eligibility requirements to confirm acceptance into the program beginning June 10. Parents whose children are not eligible will also receive an email.
  • Orientation: Parents must attend mandatory orientation before the child can begin attending class. Orientation will be scheduled by the teacher beginning in August.
  • FAQs: 2023-24 Application FAQs

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