Enrolling your child in pre-K for the first time can feel like a big step and you probably have questions! Below are some questions that other parents have asked us before. Don’t see your question below? You can reach out directly to your district or pre-K program of choice to help find the answers you need.
Qualifying for free pre-K is based on 1) age and 2) eligibility requirements. To qualify, a child must meet age AND one eligibility requirement. You can see all of the eligibility requirements for free, public pre-K and take our eligibility quiz here.
Your child may qualify for a District Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities through a different process. Ask your school district for more information.
• There are three general types of pre-K programs: 1) Public pre-K offered by traditional school districts and charter schools 2) Head Start programs, offered by school districts and other local providers and 3) Private pre-K programs offered by childcare centers
• Plus, there is a lot of variety even within each of these programs. When making the decision that is right for your family, connect with the school, the Head Start center, or the childcare center to ask questions and learn more about the pre-K program they offer.
• Go to our “How to Enroll” page to get connected to your pre-K options
No, school districts do not ask for the immigration status of parents or children. Children born in other countries are eligible for free pre-K.
You can still enroll your child in pre-K. If your child does not have a birth certificate, you can provide one of the following documents: