Welcome to Pre-K!
Wichita Public Schools offers free Pre-Kindergarten programs for children who are 4 years old on or before Aug. 31.
We are currently accepting interest forms for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. Please fill out the appropriate school year based on your child's date of birth.
**Please note: There is NO transportation or latchkey provided**
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Early childhood learning is important to academic success for the rest of a child's life! Prekindergarten provides students with rich curriculum and an innovative, engaging environment where purposeful play leads to learning in reading, writing, math, music, arts and more.
The district's pre-kindergarten (or Pre-K) program for four year olds is free of charge when the students or families meet at least one qualifying factor in the below list. If you're unsure whether your child qualifies for the free program, we invite you to complete the interest form above so that an Early Childhood specialist can contact you to discuss your child's placement.
- Low income (for example, eligible for food assistance)
- Single-parent family
- Limited English proficiency
- Either parent lacking high school diploma or GED
- Teen parent family
- Child qualifies for migrant status
- Agency referral
- Lower than expected developmental progress
Students attend school for three hours each day in either the morning or afternoon. If childcare is needed for the other portion of the day, please discuss this with your Early Childhood specialist.
The family must be able to transport the child to and from school or arrange for the transportation, and they are required to complete the federal free and reduced meal program application to help the Early Childhood program receive the funding needed to make pre-K available to families for free. We also ask that parents ensure the student attends preschool regularly to develop positive attendance habits for future grades.
Pre-K programs are available at the following elementary schools:
- Chisholm Trail
- College Hill
- Gordon Parks
- Harry Street
- Pleasant Valley
Pre-K spots are also available through Wichita Public Schools at the following early childhood centers: