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AACPS Pre-K Registration Begins May 3

By Nicole Donnelly


Children enrolling in Four-Year-Old Prekindergarten must be 4 years old on or by September 1. The following documents are required when applying for a child to attend Four-Year-Old Prekindergarten and must be uploaded along with the completed online application:

  • Proof of identification of the person submitting enrollment documentation (must be a parent or legal guardian).

  • The student’s original birth certificate, birth registration or birth record.

  • A copy of the student’s immunization record.

  • Two proofs of residency (rental agreement or mortgage statement and a current utility bill).

  • Custody order (if applicable).

Public Prekindergarten programs in Maryland are designed to improve the school readiness of children who are economically disadvantaged or homeless. If seats remain, schools may enroll students with other readiness needs. Those applying for Prekindergarten due to economic need must provide income eligibility verification by submitting one 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.

  • Current award letter for Temporary Cash Assistance or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

  • Three consecutive pay stubs.

  • Proof of unemployment benefits.

For assistance in locating your assigned school, click on the Locate Your School link on the AACPS website,, or contact the AACPS Planning Office at 410-439-5683 or

Families who do not have internet access or who need additional assistance completing an application should contact the school at which they intend to enroll their student. School staff are able to assist families with completion of the online application.

Information about the recommended immunizations for children entering school is available at

Full-day Four-Year-Old Prekindergarten programs are offered at some elementary schools. A non-mandated program funded by the state, prekindergarten opportunities are based on economic need of the student and other Maryland State Department of Education criteria.

AACPS prekindergarten programs offer a high-quality educational experience to eligible children in order to prepare them with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for school success in kindergarten and beyond.

Public Four-Year-Old prekindergarten may not be used as an alternative to kindergarten. Students on a kindergarten wavier may not attend public prekindergarten. All four year olds are eligible to apply for the program. However, enrollment is limited because of funding. Some schools may have waiting lists.



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