Notice: Due to the school building closure period, the pre-kindergarten registration period for Priority 1 families will begin on Friday, May 15. The pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration period for Priority 2 families will begin on Wednesday, July 1. To ensure the safety of our families and staff, Baltimore City Public Schools will be utilizing an online registration system to support this enrollment process.
Will your child be four or five by September 1? Congratulations! It's time for school!
If your child is already four or five and you want to register for the current school year, please call 410-396-8600.
If your child is 3- or 4-years-old but too young for pre-k, consider enrolling in the Let's Grow Half-Day program, where children with and without IEPs learn together.
Proof of Student Identity & Age
• Birth certificate or other government-issued document (passport, military ID, birth registration, DHS/DOJ/DOS immigration and refugee resettlement forms)
Proof of Parent/Guardian Identity
• Photo ID of the parent/legal guardian (driver’s license, passport, alien/permanent resident card, military ID, employment authorization card, ISAP card, DHS/DOJ/DOS immigration and refugee resettlement forms)
Proof of Address (only two (2) of the following examples are required)
• Complete, recent utility bill (gas, electric, water, telephone, or cable)*
• Deed or title to residential property
• Fully-executed, property sales agreement
• Military housing order
• Mortgage settlement sheet
• Original, signed (by landlord and tenant) lease agreement reflecting the name(s) of the parent(s)/guardian(s) as tenants
• Property tax bill or statement
• Recent bank or mortgage statement*
• Recent employer pay stub*
• Recent homeowner, renter, or medical insurance statement*
• Recent letter from Social Security Administration, Social Services, Maryland Vehicle Administration, Internal Revenue Services, or Maryland Judicial System*
*Recent = within the last sixty (60) days
Other Requested Documentation
• Academic records (recent report card and/or transcript)
• Individualized education program (IEP) or 504 documents (if applicable)
• Proof of custody/guardianship (if applicable)
• Health records (immunization history, lead test certificate, and physical/vision exam results) – new enrollees only
If you're registering for pre-k, you may also need to provide proof of monthly income dated within 30 days.
Registration opens; schools start enrolling priority 1 pre-k students
Window to apply for early admission to kindergarten (and 1st grade) (Testing)
School starts enrolling priority 2 pre-k/K students
Window to apply for early admission to pre-k (Testing)
work with others
Can all children go to pre-k? What about kindergarten?
Space in pre-k is limited, so we use a priority system to enroll children. If space is not available at your neighborhood school, school or district staff can help find a place in a school nearby.
For kindergarten, every child who turns five by September 1 must be enrolled in school (according to state law). Any child who lives in Baltimore City can enroll in City Schools.
What is the priority system for pre-k?
Priority 1 children
All priority 1 children are eligible for City Schools pre-k. If space is full at your neighborhood school, we will find a place for your child at another location as close as possible to your home. To be considered low income, you will need to provide proof of income dated within the past 30 days.
Priority 2 children
Priority 2 children can attend where space is available. Enrollment for priority 2 families is on a first-come, first-served basis, so plan to submit your registration early!
Who is considered low income?
City Schools uses federal guidelines based on the number of family members (including children) and the family's total monthly income, which includes monthly earnings, TANF, child support, alimony, food stamps, benefits for immigrants, retirement, Social Security, and foster care.
When registering, you will need to provide proof of income dated within the past 30 days.
Full Income Eligibility Information (Spreadsheet)
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What if I don't think my child is ready for kindergarten?
You can consider submitting a level-of-maturity waiver to the Early Learning Department. If it is granted, your child can delay starting kindergarten for a year.
If your child turns four between September 2 and October 15 and your family is considered low income or homeless or your child receives special education services, you can apply to attend pre-k through early admission. Placement is not guaranteed and you will need to provide some extra documentation.
If you'd like to apply:
If your child turns five between September 2 and October 15, early admission to kindergarten may be possible. (If your child's birthday is after October 15, check your eligibility for registering for pre-k.)
Please note that the deadline to apply for early admission to kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year has already passed.
Kindergarten is fun, but it's also challenging. To be successful, your child needs to be ready — or it could be stressful and frustrating for your child and make it harder for her or him to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.
Before deciding to apply for early admission, think about these points:
If you decide to apply, follow these steps:
An early learning specialist will contact you to schedule a date to assess your child. No studying is required and you don't need to do anything to prepare. You and the principal at your neighborhood school will get the results by July 1.