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.  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 Application

Currently, both Voluntary Pre-K programs are at capacity. If you feel your child is an eligible candidate for the program and would like to be placed on a waiting list, you may complete an online application by clicking here. In the event that an opening becomes available, applicants meeting criteria outlined by the Tennessee Department of Education will be contacted for additional screening.


2020-2021 Voluntary Pre-K Application

Collierville Schools has been awarded two Voluntary Pre-K programs for the 2020-2021 school year.  Applications can be accessed by clicking here.  Eligible candidates will be contacted by the Department of Curriculum and Accountability the week of April 6-9 to schedule additional screening.

Frequently Asked Questions
No, the Tennessee Department of Education provided funding for Collierville Schools to implement two Voluntary Pre-K programs.
Voluntary Pre-K programs are housed inside elementary schools within the Collierville School District.  Locations are determined based on the needs of the district as well as space available within elementary schools.  Currently, programs are housed at Collierville Elementary and Schilling Farms Elementary.  

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, 2020.
  • No child who is eligible for Kindergarten (five years of age on or before August 15, 2020) may be enrolled in Voluntary Pre-K. 
  • Special services (i.e. speech, other disabilities, language) are considered. 

All applicants must complete an online application as part of a pre-screening process. Applicants eligible for additional screening will be contacted by the Department of Curriculum and Accountability to schedule additional screening.

Screening will take place May 4-5, 2020.  Eligible applicants will be contacted by the Department of Curriculum & Accountability 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)


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. 
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.  
Yes, all children enrolled in a VPK classroom are required to attend every day.  Attendance is very important for a successful year of learning.  Daily attendance, including tardiness/early dismissal, is reported to the TN Department of Education.

Please contact the Department of Curriculum and Accountability for questions

regarding Voluntary Pre-K.


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