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More than 300 Pre-K Spots Opening up in Metro Public Schools August 2014--Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Every year more 1,000 families sit on a wait list to for pre-k programs in  Davidson County. Now, that list is getting shorter with 340 available spots this Fall 2014.

Gloria Hamer and her family are looking into the new program.

Gloria Hamer said, "Early education there is so many pros to that...especially with kids that are like a lower income demographic, it gives them that push that they need if they can get encouraged earlier..."

Hamer's two-year-old daughter is enrolled for Head Start later this year, but her grandson is on a waiting list for Ross Elementary Pre-K.

Metro Schools spokesperson, Meredith Libby says, "Even with us, head start, and private providers there just aren't enough seats right now, so we're excited to offer the program to more children. "

The estimated $3 million dollar program is done with the help of Vanderbilt University experts, and Metro hopes the pre-k site models will be an example for schools across the country.

The pre-k expansion will add classrooms to the Casa Azafran Community Center, and convert Ross and Bordeaux elementary schools into pre-k only model centers. Students in grade K-4th at those schools will be relocated to nearby schools.

Libby added, " This way we will be able to design the program around what is appropriate for a four-year-old."

The expansion will hold class from 8-3 and offer before and after care for the inclusive program, which encourages families of all types of students to apply.

Libby explained, "Gifted learners, families with children who are learning English,  special needs children."

Hamer added added, "The fact that metro schools is opening up more it will open up the demographic, it gives the parents a sense of comfort."

See below for more information on applying for the Pre-K available spots, or Click Here!

Monday, April 14 - Monday, April 21, 2014 - 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 14, 2014 - 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 18, 2014 - Closed

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) is committed to providing rich experiences within each Pre-Kindergarten Program that will profoundly impact the course of each of our student's lives. Our mission is to prepare children with the necessary learning opportunities that will ensure their success in Kindergarten and throughout their lives.  Make the most of your child's Pre-K experience, visit iTrails.com.

Pre-Kindergarten Application Process

Applying for Pre-Kindergarten in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools can be as easy as 1, 2, 3. The steps below outline the procedures involved in the Pre-Kindergarten application process

  1. Determine your school of choice containing the Pre-Kindergarten program in which your family meets the eligibility outlined
  2. Obtain your child's documentation
    • Birth Certificate - must be age 4 by August 15, 2014
    • Up-to-date immunization record on a Tennessee Certificate - View Immunization Requirements.
    • Physical within 12 months of school starting - August 6, 2014
    • Proof of Davidson County Residency (utility bill, telephone, lease, or homeowner policy)
    • Proof of income (1040, 1040A, W2, Family's First Case Number (documentation from government), Food Stamps (documentation from government) etc...)
  3. Submit documentation at the school site in which you are interested in applying
    • The school will schedule a time for administering a Pre-Kindergarten assessment with your child
    • Each school will provide an application packet containing forms for families to submit along with your child's documentation

Families will receive notification of enrollment status in May of each school year. Waiting list will remain active throughout the school year. School sites will continue to accept applications for the current school year throughout the year for eligible applicants.

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