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
The Voluntary Pre-kindergarten program (VPK) is a state funded readiness program for at-risk children who are 4 years of age on August 15. “At risk” is defined by the state as economically disadvantaged. Other “at-risk” factors which may be used to determine eligibility may include but are not limited to: English as a Second Language, foster care, social-emotional behaviors, and family/environmental factors. Due to state funding there are limited classrooms available in Williamson County, priority placement is given to families that are economically disadvantaged. The VPK program provides a foundation for learning and successful transition to the school environment.
No, the TN State Department of Education does not provide enough funding for a prek program in every elementary school in our county.
Parents/Guardians of children who are 4 years of age on or before August 15, 2018 and are zoned for Williamson County Schools. All applications need to be submitted by May 4, 2018.
All applications are submitted online on the Williamson County Schools District Website.
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.
- 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 verification of household income such as documentation of federal or state assistance (case number), recent pay stub(s), 2016 Tax Return or 2016 W-2(‘s) for all those who live in the home
- Documentation regarding any evaluations of your child by a public or private institution.
The pre-K class meets Monday thru Friday for 5 ½ hours. Specific times are determined prior to the start of each school year. The pre-K class follows the Williamson County Schools calendar unless otherwise specified for the Pre-Kindergarten program. Attendance is required for all five days each week.
Before/After care may be available for families in need based on availability and staffing of each Pre-k classroom location. The VPK program collaborates with the WCS School Age Child Care program (SACC). Information regarding this program will be provided once class placements have been determined. The Pre-k before/aftercare program is only offered during the WCS school year when Pre-k class is in session. Care during Holidays/vacation breaks and Summers is not offered for Pre-k students due to state certification guidelines for school-aged programs.
Priority placement for classes is given to children of families of financial need.
If after all priority placements are filled and space is still available, additional application appointments will be scheduled to determine the children most in need of the program. Every effort is made to place the child at his/her kindergarten zoned school but if not available then the child is placed at a prek school closest to their home.
The pre-K team works together to ensure the integrity of this program and the application process.
NO, transportation is NOT provided for 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.
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 as well as provide residency documents listed above in the Williamson County resident’s name.
- All custody information including legal custody agreements and Parenting Plans, if applicable to your family.
Families may complete an application with their current residential address (street, city, state, zip code). In the additional information section of the application, parents will need to provide the approximate move date, residential address if known and the reason for the relocation. The application will be kept “on hold” until the family has moved and resides in Williamson County and proof of residency is able to be provided. Residency in Williamson County will be verified prior to a child being eligible for placement in a pre-K program.