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Charles County Public School offers Prekindergarten (PreK) programs at all 22 elementary schools.

The goal of the PreK program is to prepare children socially, emotionally, physically, and academically for Kindergarten and beyond.

Effective with the start of the 2022-2023 school year, CCPS will offer a full-day prekindergarten program at all 22 elementary schools.

You must apply for PreK at the school you are zoned for based on your home address. School Change requests are NOT accepted for PreK. 

find your zoned school through School Locator

Income eligibility guidelines for Tier I will be increased beginning in the 2022-2023 school year.

As a result of the increase, enrollment numbers may be impacted with less slots available for Tier II and Tier III applicants.

PreK programs in some schools are designated inclusion programs for preschool-aged special-needs children, as well as typically-developing children.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for PreK?
To be considered for PreK, a child must be 4 years old on or before September 1st of the current school year and must be a Charles County resident. Beginning in the 2022- 2023 school year, all applicants must submit income verification.

Are all county children entitled to attend PreK?
No. The PreK program is neither mandatory nor guaranteed. In accordance with the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, first priority is given to students whose families meet the income eligibility for Tier I, are homeless or are in foster care, or have a current, active Individualized Education Plan (IEP). All Tier I students are admitted after verification. Tier II and Tier III students may be placed if slots exist after all Tier I students are placed. For a full description of the three application tiers, please see Prekindergarten Application Tiers below. For a full description of the three application categories, click the link below. 

Prekindergarten application tiers

Is transportation provided for PreK students?
Yes, in most cases. PreK students ride the bus to and from school with other students from their school. If you qualify for Tier I and the PreK program at your home school is full at the time your child is accepted, you will be offered a placement at a different school.

The PreK Application Process

  • Complete the online application for PreK beginning March 28, 2022
     Online registration
  • Upload all required documentation
  • All required documents must be uploaded before an application can be processed
  • Tier II and Tier III applications submitted after July 31, 2022 will go to the bottom of the waiting list
  • Please check your ParentVue account over the summer for updates.  No updates will be provided over the phone.

Prekindergarten Brochure

PRekindergarten brochure - spanish

For questions about PreK, please contact:

Mrs. Beth Sorsby, M.Ed, NBCT
Specialist in Early Childhood