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Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Information

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Hello and welcome to the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten informational page. Thank you for your interest! Collierville Schools has been awarded two Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten classrooms for the 2024-2025 school year.

Voluntary Pre-K classes are currently at capacity.  The application will remain open.  If spots become available, applicants will be contacted.

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 your four-year-old child(ren), identified as being income-eligible, with the access to a quality educational environment, in hopes of preparing him or her for future educational success. The program is of no cost to the parent(s)/caregiver(s). 

Screening will be completed electronically by submitting the form below. Applicants must reside in Collierville, TN and be FOUR (4) years of age on or before August 15, 2024.

In the event that programs are not filled with income-eligible four-year-old children, we are accepting three-year-old children to be on a waitlist.  

2024-25 Applications

Four-Year Olds: Applicants will be notified via email regarding application status prior to July 1, 2024. For questions, please reach out to Shelly O'Daniel at [email protected]
Three-Year-Olds: The VPK program targets four-year old children. If classes are not at capacity by September 15, 2024, you will be contacted by the Department of Curriculum and Accountability. Otherwise, applicants will not be contacted.


2023-24 Applications*

*Currently both classrooms are at capacity. In the event an opening should arise, the Department of Curriculum and Accountability will contact you. 
Please see below for a complete list of documents needed to complete the application.
Once you begin the application process, you will not be able to save in progress so it is important to have all documents accessible, you will be required to upload these documents below to complete your child(ren)'s application.  
1. Child’s Certified Birth Certificate
2. Child’s Social Security Card 
3. Child’s Physical and Immunization Record on a Tennessee School Form 
4. Two (2) Proofs of Residence – Examples may include:  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. *Shared residents will have to be approved in person at a later date.
5. Proof of Income for all adults in the household – 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) 
6. Parent’s Photo ID  
7. If applicable, documents related to special services: IEP (Individualized Education Program), OT (Occupational Therapy), PT (Physical Therapy), Speech, documents, etc. 
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 availability within elementary schools.  Currently, programs are housed at Sycamore 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 (4) years old by August 15, 2024.
  • No child who is eligible for Kindergarten (five years of age on or before August 15, 2024) may be enrolled in Voluntary Pre-K. 
  • Special services (i.e. speech, other disabilities, language) are considered. 
All applicants must complete an online application found below 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.
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 Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten 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.