Registration opens; schools start enrolling priority 1 pre-k students
Window to apply for early admission to kindergarten (and 1st grade)
School starts enrolling priority 2 pre-k students
Window to apply for early admission to pre-k
First day of school
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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.
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 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.
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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.)
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.