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).
Although Collierville Schools was awarded one classroom for the 2017-2018 school year, funding for the Voluntary Pre-K program is determined by the State of Tennessee on an annual basis and has not been determined for the 2018-2019 school year; however, we are beginning the screening process and identifying eligible students now, in the event we are awarded this program. See application details below:
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:
How do I begin the pre-screening process?
All applicants must complete an online application as part of a pre-screening process. The Voluntary Pre-K online application is currently open and can be accessed by clicking here. Applicants eligible for additional screening will be contacted by the Department of Curriculum and Accountability.
How do eligible applicants complete additional screening?
Final screening will take place at St. Patrick’s Presbyterian Church (710 W. White Road, Collierville, TN 38017) on Monday, May 7, 2018 or Tuesday, May 8, 2018 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:
*Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Applicants will have to return all application materials, in order to be considered for admissions by NOON on Friday, May 11th.
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