Pre-Kindergarten Program Overview
The goal of the Wilson County Schools Voluntary Pre-K Program is to provide 4-year old children with the learning experiences they need in order to help them succeed in Kindergarten.The Pre-K Program helps prepare children for school by providing an opportunity for them to develop school readiness skills in an environment that fosters the love and joy of learning.Participation in the Pre-K Program helps children develop pre-academic and social skills that will help them in their educational career.
Qualifying for the Pre-K Program FAQ
The Wilson County Schools Pre-Kindergarten Program targets at-risk 4-year olds, with first priority given to children whose family income meets the federal poverty guidelines. The following information will help answer your questions about the program. If you have additional questions, please email Lisa Baldwin, Pre-K Program Assistant or Jenn Moreland, Pre-K Lead.
HOW DOES MY CHILD QUALIFY FOR THE PRE-K PROGRAM?
ALL children in the Pre-K Program must turn 4 by August 15th of the current school year. Children turning 5 on or before August 15th are not eligible for Pre-K.
1st Priority for enrollment:
- The family income meets the requirements for the federal poverty guidelines
2nd Priority for enrollment:
- The child has an IEP (Individual Education Plan)
- The child is in state custody or foster care
- The child is an English Language Learner (ELL)
- The parent is deployed in active military duty
If spaces are still available, we may enroll children based on the Community Pre-K Advisory Council priority for enrollment:
- Pre-mature birth (4 weeks or more)
- Low developmental screening (AGS, Fluharty, Brigance)
- Teenage mother / father
- Child being raised by Grandparent or other family member (not biological parent)
- TEIS services; Ø qualify for Special education services
- WIC; SSI; Families First; Even Start services
- Prior Head Start services
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER REGISTRATION?
The income eligibility worksheet will be reviewed by the Wilson County Schools Pre-K staff to determine eligibility. The Pre-K Coordinator will review the At-Risk questionnaires to take into consideration any other eligibility factors.
WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF MY CHILD IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE PRE-K PROGRAM?
Once we have received all required documents and determined your family's income eligibility, you will be contacted to let you know whether or not your child meets the priority placement in the Pre-K program by June 1, 2020.
WHAT IF MY CHILD DOES NOT QUALIFY?
Your child’s name will be placed on a waiting list. Any additional spaces will be filled on a first come-first serve basis (based on the received application date). Children in this category will be notified by the start of the school year to see if you are still interested in the Pre-K program if additional spaces are available. As space becomes available throughout the year, we will contact you to see if you would still like placement for your child.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IF MY CHILD IS ACCEPTED IN THE PRE-K PROGRAM?
We will verify that all required documents have been uploaded to Skyward. You will need to upload your child’s birth certificate, social security card, complete immunizations, W-2 or most recent tax return, EBT or WIC card (if applicable),two proofs of residence, custody papers (if applicable) physical and dental forms before school starts. If you are unable to upload these documents you can mail a copy to Voluntary Pre-K 415 Harding Drive, Lebanon, TN 37087. Due to COVID-19, there will be a delay in the Pre-K developmental, hearing, and vision screenings. More information will be available at a later date.
IS BUS TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE FOR PRE-K STUDENTS?
Transportation is provided by the parents or guardians. Bus transportation is not available.
WHERE ARE THE PRE-K CLASSES LOCATED?
- Carroll-Oakland School
- Elzie Patton Elementary
- Gladeville Elementary
- Rutland Elementary
- Southside School
- Stoner Creek Elementary
- W.A. Wright Elementary
- Watertown Elementary
WHERE WOULD MY CHILD ATTEND PRE-K IF A CLASS IS NOT LOCATED IN OUR ZONED SCHOOL?
Eligible students zoned to a school that has a Pre-K class get first priority for that school. If space is available at a class near you, your child will be able to attend that Pre-K class even though it is not your zoned school. Pre-K is voluntary and parents provide transportation.
IS THERE A CHARGE FOR MY CHILD TO ATTEND THE PRE-K PROGRAM?
There is not a charge for children to attend the Pre-K program. If you do not qualify for free or reduced meals, you will be required to pay for breakfast and lunch provided by the school cafeteria. Outside lunches are not permitted.
WHAT ARE THE PRE-K CLASS HOURS?
Pre-K students go to school 5½ hours each school day. Typically, Pre-K students start school 15 minutes after all other students begin and end 1 hour before all other students dismiss. *With the exception of Stoner Creek Elementary for the 2020-2021 school year.
DO PRE-K STUDENTS COME TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY?
Yes. Daily attendance is critical for your child in order to be ready for Kindergarten. When a child is absent, please send a doctors excuse or parent note to school the next day. Students that miss consistently may be asked to give up their spot in the class to another eligible child.
IS BEFORE AND AFTER DAYCARE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-K STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL?
We do not provide any before or after daycare for our students.
WHAT DO PRE-K STUDENTS WEAR TO SCHOOL?
Pre-K students follow the standard dress code adopted by the Wilson County Board of Education. A copy of the dress code is available on the Wilson County Schools website.
IS BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AVAILABLE FOR PRE-K STUDENTS?
Yes. All children in the Pre-K program are expected to eat the meals provided at school. Children in the Pre-K program are served a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snack daily. Many children are very “picky” eaters. Our school nutrition staff provides a variety of choices for your child. The Pre-K students eat “family style” in their classroom or in the cafeteria. Meals are a teaching and learning time. We encourage children to try new foods and expand their tastes. Packed lunches or outside food are not to be sent for your child in order to comply with the goals of our program.
WHAT DO CHILDREN DO IN THE PRE-K PROGRAM?
When you walk into our high-quality Pre-K classrooms, you will see children involved in active, hands-on learning that engages each child and fosters a love of learning. Activities are designed to enhance a child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn through participation in both large and small group activities. Play is essential to the development of strong learners. We follow the TN Early Learning Developmental Standards and the TN Childcare Rules and Regulations that state that children must show evidence that they can follow self-care routines.
For more information on applying, visit Pre-K Program Enrollment.
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION The Wilson County School System does not discriminate due to age, race, color, gender, national origin, disability, religion, creed, genetics or veteran status in the provision of services, in programs or activities, or in employment opportunities or benefits. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in educational programs. Translation services are available at each school and at the Central Office. Inquiries concerning Title VI or Title IX of the Civil Rights Acts should be directed to Rebecca Owens at (615) 444-3282. Inquiries concerning Section 504 and IDEA should be directed to Lauren Bush at (615) 444-3282. Inquiries concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act should be directed to Mickey Hall at (615) 444-3282. Complaint Managers are available at each school/location to address employee concerns.
It Looks Like Play, But We are Learning
- to work together
- to respect the rights of others
- to express ourselves creatively
- to grow in self-control
- to grow from dependence to independence
- to listen to directions an follow them
- to develop good work habits
- to finish what we start
- that school can be a great place to be
- to clean up after work or playtime
- to participate in group activities
- to share with our friends
- to develop an interest in books and literature
- to explore the world around us
- to improve coordination and strength
- to understand new words and to use them
- to celebrate our success and the success of others
- to BE HAPPY
The Wilson County Pre-K Program is a proud community partner with the following agencies:
Kiwanis Club of Mt. Juliet
Members read to students weekly.