Pre-Kindergarten Program

at Queen Anne's County Public Schools

Overview of the QACPS Pre-K Program

The overall goal of the Pre-K program is to help children develop and maintain the basic skills necessary to be successful in school. QACPS provides Pre-K for all economically disadvantaged and homeless students that reach age four by September 1 in accordance with COMAR requirements.

Children enrolled in Pre-K learn to:

  • Interact with people, places, and things in appropriate ways
  • Use a variety of modes to express experiences and thoughts and interpret messages
  • Engage in information-seeking behaviors
  • Develop confidence in oneself
  • Integrate prior knowledge in the learning process
  • Use movement and play in the learning process
  • Acquire positive, effective social habits

Pre-K Application Process

Children who will be four years old on or before September 1 and who reside in Queen Anne’s County are eligible to apply for the Pre-K program. 

The enrollment process will be online for the 2024-2025 school year.  After enrollment, a screening will be used to help determine each child’s level of school readiness.  The dates for these screenings will be determined by the school after enrollment has been completed.  Students will not be considered eligible for a spot until their enrollment is complete with all documents uploaded.

To begin your online enrollment, please gather the following documents:

  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Child’s completed Immunization and Health Inventory forms
  • Lead testing form
  • Income Verification Documentation
  • Proof of Residency (one of the following)
    • Electric, gas, or water bill, or
    • Property tax/real estate bill, or
    • Lease or rental agreement, or
    • Contract of sale (including settlement or mortgage statement), or
    • Homeowners/Renters insurance statement/policy

Pre-kindergarten is an eligibility program. Therefore, income documents are required for enrollment.  Your income-eligibility form will be completed during the application process. You will need to bring upload of the following:

  • Federal Income Tax Return (1040 statement) along with documentation related to other sources of income such as child support and/or rental income.
  • W2
  • C/1099
  • Notarized Letter of No Income
  • Notarized Employment Letter
  • Military Income
  • Current award letter for Temporary Cash Assistance.
  • Proof of unemployment benefits.

Tier I Students:

Due to the Pre-K Expansion grant under the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, Tier I students must be accepted into Pre-K.  

Tier 1 includes:

  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Students Experiencing Homelessness
  • Students who have an IEP for any disability, including Speech
  • Students who speak another language besides English in the home

Notification of Enrollment

Notification of enrollment in pre-kindergarten will occur on a rolling basis for students who are eligible.  If there are remaining vacancies in the Pre-K program, parents of students not previously determined eligible may be considered for enrollment..  The lottery will take place twice, once at the beginning of June and again mid July for remaining spots. 

All further questions regarding Pre-K enrollment can be directed to Angela Gebert, Supervisor of Instruction for Early Childhood & RELA Pre-K – 2 at [email protected].

Early Admission to Pre-Kindergarten

If your child’s 4th birthday is between September 2nd and October 14th, your child may be eligible for early admission to pre-kindergarten. Please review the Parent Guidelines very carefully before making a decision to apply for early admission. The guidelines include the process that must be followed, as well as a section on “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Blended Pre-K for 3 & 4 Year Olds

Blended Pre-K for 3 year olds and 4 year olds at CES and KIES

Registration Forms

Pre-K Income Eligibility Form

Spanish Pre-K Income Eligibility Form

Health & Vaccine Form 

Physical Exam Form

Lead Testing Form 

Proof of Residency 

Prior Care Form

Home Language Form

Resources

Maryland Early Learning Standards

Programs for Pre-School Children

Maryland School Guide – English

Maryland School Guide – Spanish

Contacts

Ms. Angela Gebert, Supervisor of Early Childhood and RELA Pre-K to 2
Queen Anne’s County Board of Education
202 Chesterfield Avenue
Centreville, MD 21617
(410) 758-2403, Ext. 197
[email protected]