Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

 What is Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten?


Voluntary Pre-K is an educational program that school districts may apply for on an annual basis and is funded by state and local funds. If a school district is awarded the funding, the school district may implement a Voluntary Pre-K classroom within an existing school.  

The purpose of the program is to provide four-year-old children, identified as being educationally and economically at-risk, with access to a quality educational environment, in hopes of preparing them for future educational success.  The program is of no cost to the parent(s)/guardian(s).


2019-2020 Voluntary Pre-K Information

Collierville Schools was awarded two classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year.  Currently, both programs are at capacity.  Please review information regarding eligibility requirements below.  If you feel your child is an eligible candidate for the program, you may complete an online application so that your child can be placed on a waiting list. In the event that an opening becomes available, applicants meeting criteria outlined by the Tennessee Department of Education will be contacted for additional screening.


Is my child eligible to participate in the Voluntary Pre-K program?

Student admission into the Voluntary Pre-K program is determined by income eligibility as well as a two-step screening process.  Other factors to be considered are: 

  • The student’s permanent residence must be within the Town of Collierville.
  • Children must be four years old by August 15, 2019.
  • No child who is eligible for Kindergarten (five years of age on or before August 15, 2019) may be enrolled in Voluntary Pre-K. 
  • Special services (i.e. speech, other disabilities, language) are considered. 

How do I begin the pre-screening process?

All applicants must complete an online application as part of a pre-screening process.  The 2019-2020 application will be available online if Collierville Schools is granted a classroom.  Applicants eligible for additional screening will be contacted by the Department of Curriculum and Accountability. Final screening will take place on Monday, May 6, 2019 and Tuesday, May 7, 2019.


How do eligible applicants complete additional screening?

If additional spaces become available, eligible applicants will be contacted to schedule screenings.Your child will need to attend with you and complete a screening on site. Also, all applicants must bring the originals, as well as copies (NO COPIES WILL BE MADE) of the following items:

  • Certified Birth Certificate (mother's copy not accepted)
  • Child's Social Security card
  • Proof of current physical and immunization record on Tennessee School Form. Physical must be valid at the time of screening.
  • Two (2) Proofs of Residence - driver's license, public/government benefits or assistance, sales contract (contingency agreements not accepted), real estate tax receipt, mortgage information, current MLGW bill or turn on receipt, municipal water bill, rental or lease contract.
  • Proof of Income and/or status of current month's salary must be documented for all who work in household(check stubs, W-2, Income tax returns, letter of termination, unemployment eligibility, Federal assistance eligibility letter)


What are next steps after completing screening?

If your child is selected to participate in the program, you will be contacted via U.S. mail and phone. Student selection is not based on a first come, first served basis, but is based on qualifying risk factors. Student enrollment space is limited.  If your child is not accepted into the program, you will be notified by U.S. mail. 


Is transportation provided for Voluntary Pre-K?

No. Parents must transport students to and from the school campus daily.  Daily attendance is necessary for all students to be successful. Before and after school care is not provided.  


Who do I contact if I have questions?

The Department of Curriculum and Accountability


TN Department of Education
Income Eligibility Guidelines
February 2019
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