Which prekindergarten application do I need?

If you are applying based on income, homelessness, or foster care status (Category 1), complete the Category 1 PreKindergarten Application. Income guidelines are below. Gross (before-tax) annual income for your entire household cannot exceed the limits shown below. Category 1 status must be verified with one of the following:

  1. copy of current Food Supplement (food stamps) Program eligibility letter listing household members, or
  2. pay stub(s) showing your family’s income (minimum of three recent, consecutive pay stubs for each wage earner must be provided).

To verify homeless or foster care status, contact the Office of Student Services at 301-934-7326.

# of Household Members Income Limit—Before Taxes
Weekly
Income Limit—Before Taxes
Monthly
Income Limit—Before Taxes
Yearly
2 $578 $2504 $30,044
3 $727 $3149 $37,777
4 $876 $3,793 $45,510
5 $1,024 $4,437 $53,243
6 $1,173 $5,082 $60,976
7 $1,322 $5,726 $68,709
8 $1,471 $6,371 $76, 442
For each additional family member, add… $149 $645 $7,733

If you are applying based on special circumstances (Category 2), complete the Category 2 and 3 PreK Application. Admission under Category 2 is not guaranteed. Placement of Category 2 students will occur after August 1, and may not occur until after the beginning of the school year. Acceptable circumstances for Category 2 are listed below (verification is required):
____ Child has an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) from Child Find or other agency for disability
____ Child’s primary language is not English
____ Child participated in Head Start in the past 12 months
____ Child lives with grandparent or elderly guardian (parent is not in household)
____ Parent has a diagnosed chronic illness impacting ability to care for child
____ Parent is or will be deployed for 12 months or more
____ Family income is within 10% of the limit for Category 1

If you do not qualify for Category 1 or Category 2, complete the Category 2 and 3 PreK application. Please be aware that no Category 3 students will be placed until placement of Category 1 and 2 is complete, and that this will not happen until after the start of the school year.

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