Childhood is a journey, not a race

The pre-Kindergarten program is designed to help children prepare for kindergarten and succeed in the school environment. Success is achieved through developmentally appropriate instruction by Highly Qualified pre-Kindergarten teachers. The program serves children who will be 4 years of age on or before August 15th .

Williamson County Schools Voluntary Pre-K classes are opened zone to all eligible 4 year-olds in Williamson County. Children of families of financial need are given priority. If space is still available then children who meet local at-risk criteria as established by WCS Pre-K Advisory Council will be accepted into the program.

Pre-K FAQs  |  Frequently Asked Questions

Parents of children who are 4 years of age on or before August 15, 2016 and are zoned for Williamson County Schools.  All applications need to be submitted by April 29, 2016.
All applications are submitted online on the Williamson County Schools District Website.

Pre-K Application

No, pre-K class locations are determined each year by the needs of the district as well as space availability within the schools. Only one application should be submitted online for your child. In the case of multiple children, one application should be completed for each child. All applications will be considered for the program. More than one application submitted for the same child will only hinder the application process.
No, the pre-K program is only for children who are 4 years of age using the birth date guidelines stated in the above question (August 15, 2016). This is a Tennessee State Law for all Voluntary pre-K programs (VPK).
After you submit your child’s application you will be contacted by email or phone to schedule your application appointment. All applicants will receive an opportunity for a parent interview/child screening. Interviews/Screenings are held during in different parts of the county during the months of April/May/June. You will receive an email with your appointment date/time approximately 1 week prior to your scheduled appointment.
No, Every applicant will be considered for enrollment but all interested parents are encouraged to turn in applications as soon as possible to schedule appointment to complete the application process with your child.
Due to state regulations on the ratio of child/teacher, enrollment is limited. In order to place the children who are most in need of the class, a meeting is conducted to discuss individual children in a confidential setting as well as to verify documents regarding eligibility. There is also an opportunity for the Prek staff to meet the children as well as to determine the current developmental level of the child in regards to readiness for school. Appointments will be scheduled in several areas around the county. The location or community in which your appointment is scheduled does not necessarily mean your child will attend a particular school. Placement locations are determined after all applications and documentation are reviewed.
During your scheduled appointment one parent/guardian will meet with a pre-K teacher to complete the parent interview portion of the process. During the interview, your child will go with a member of the pre-K staff to complete developmental activities within the areas of language, cognitive and motor skills. You will also meet with the pre-K Coordinator to verify your documentation regarding child’s date of birth, proof of residency in Williamson County and Income Eligibility. Your child will NOT be considered for placement until the application process is complete.
Yes, your child DOES need to be present at the time of your appointment in order for your child to complete the child’s part of the application process.
NO, at least one parent or legal guardian must be present to complete the parent portion of the process as well as to present all documentation for verification.
You will need to bring the following: (These documents are viewed only for verification purposes and no documents will be kept by WCS staff the day of the file.

  • a copy of your child’s legal birth certificate (not the mother’s copy)
  • 2 proofs of residency in Williamson County- Utility bills (gas, water, electric) cable/satellite, cell phone bills and credit card statements are not accepted as proof of residency, If you are living with another Williamson County family you will need to bring the utility bills in their name and 2 pieces of mail in your name at the stated address.
  • You will also need to bring proof of household income such as documentation of proof of federal or state assistance, recent pay stub(s), 2015 Tax Return or 2015 W-2(‘s) for all those who live in the home.
  • Documentation regarding evaluations of your by a public or private institution.
All children develop differently therefore children’s needs are also defined differently. A child may need help in social areas, emotional development, academic preparation or environmental stability. There are many factors which determine a child’s success in school. A confidential meeting with each parent/guardian gives the teacher insight into a child’s development and experiences. This time is also an opportunity for the parents/guardians to discuss with the teacher any other information that is helpful in determining the child’s eligibility for placement in the program. Priority is given to children of families with financial need.
No, all of the children enrolled in the pre-K classes qualify for the program through specific at-risk criteria of each child Applicant. The Special Education Early Childhood Programs do have peer models enrolled. The Early Childhood program has morning and afternoon classes which meet on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday For information regarding the Early Childhood preschool programs and peer model applications please contact Student Support Services 615-472-4130.
The pre-K class meets Monday thru Friday for 5 ½ hours (8:30 am – 2:00 pm). The pre-K class follows the Williamson County Schools calendar unless otherwise specified.
Yes, each of our pre-K programs have before/after schools programs in our schools. This service is provided at a cost through either the YMCA Fun Company or Williamson County’s School-Age Child Care (SACC) depending on which school your child is enrolled.
Yes, all children enrolled in a Pre-K class are required to attend every day. Attendance is very important for a successful year of learning. Your child is expected to attend school EVERY DAY and ON TIME unless he/she has a temperature or showing other symptoms of an illness. Daily attendance and tardiness is reported and recorded in the school’s system and reported to the State Department of Education the same as for children in grades K-12.
Priority placement for classes is given to children of families of financial need. If after all priority placements are made and space is still available, parent interviews/child screening information is used to rank children from highest need to lowest need and the class is filled in this order. Every effort is made to place the child at his/her kindergarten zoned school but if not available then the child is placed at another school. The pre-K team work together to ensure the integrity of this program and the application process.
NO, transportation is NOT provided for the pre-K students. Parents/guardians are responsible for transporting the child To and From school each day. WCS school bus service is provided only for children enrolled in grades K-12.
No, there is not a weekly or monthly cost for this class. Before/After care is available during the calendar school year which your child is enrolled in the Prek program at an additional cost. Before/After care prices can be obtained from the providers after your child is accepted into the pre-K program and you are notified of the placement location.
The WCS pre-K program is state funded and notification of funding is not confirmed until the WCS school budget has passed by the WCS county commission in July. The number of classrooms is determined by funding and all class placements will be determined once funding has been secured. You will be notified by MAIL if your child is accepted for the pre-K program. This letter will state which school your child has been selected to attend for pre-K. Every effort is made to place the child at a school closest to the child’s home. You will be able to confirm your acceptance to the class list or you may deny your child’s placement and participation in the program. The acceptance letter will contain information concerning enrollment materials and procedures to confirm your child’s place in the class. You will also be notified if your child is not accepted. If your child is NOT accepted, your child’s application will be kept on file in the event of space becoming available at a later date.
If your child is accepted into a prek program your acceptance letter will notify you of enrollment dates and procedures. You will need the following documents in order to enroll your child at the school office.

  • You will need an official copy of your child’s birth certificate,
  • The Tennessee State Health and Immunization Record and can be obtained from your child’s doctor or the Williamson County Health Department
  • 2 proofs of residency in Williamson County. These include: Gas, Water, or Electric Bills.
  • If you are living with relatives or another resident of Williamson County, you will need to complete additional documents to prove your residence in Williamson County.
  • Custody Information including all Parenting Plans
Families may contact the pre-K Coordinator to inquire about pre-K availability at the time they move into Williamson County. A completed application and residency in Williamson County will be verified prior to a child being eligible for placement in a pre-K program.