Prekindergarten & Head Start
About Prekindergarten and Head Start
MCPS Prekindergarten and Head Start programs offer a high-quality educational experience to income-eligible children in order to prepare them with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for school success in kindergarten and beyond. There are 109 Prekindergarten classes and 34 Head Start classes throughout the county.
Additionally, a Prekindergarten Pilot program at five Title I schools offers a full-day prekindergarten class to 120 children; children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2018 and families must meet income guidelines, slightly higher than regular prekindergarten guidelines.
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Registration for Prekindergarten and Head Start classes for the 2017-2018 school year is currently open and ongoing.
Applications are accepted at Rocking Horse Road Center, 4910 Macon Road, Room 143 Rockville, MD 20852.
Registration for the 2018-2019 school year began March 5, 2018.
How to register
Are the programs all-day or half day?
Seven Head Start class sessions are 3 hours and 15 minutes long. Twenty-seven full-day Head Start classes are offered in select schools. Prekindergarten class sessions are 2 hours and 30 minutes long.
Where are the programs located?
Prekindergarten and Head Start programs are located in 62 elementary schools in Montgomery County. Once children are registered, they will be assigned to a school location.
Parents may request MCPS transportation services. Bus privileges may be terminated if parents do not meet the bus on time three times. Also, unsafe behavior on the bus may result in termination of bus privileges.
What are the components of the program?
- Cognitively stimulating curriculum with a strong emphasis on literacy and mathematics
- Age-appropriate science, social studies, art, music, technology and physical education experiences
- Attention to the whole child, including his/her social, emotional, and physical/motor development
- Family involvement including regular communication as well as opportunities and encouragement for parents to be engaged in their children's education
- Health, dental, nutrition, and family support services provided
Prekindergarten/Head Start: What Parents Need to Know | En Español | አማርኛ | 中文 | français | 한국어 | tiếng Việt
This guide provides a program overview and other important information for parents of children enrolled in the prekindergarten and Head Start programs.
Community Resource Guide | En Español
This guide provides descriptions and contact information for a variety of community resources available to preschool age children and their families.
2017-2018 PreK/Head Start Calendar-English | En Español | አማርኛ | 中文 | français | 한국어 | tiếng Việt
The calendar includes the program schedule and important dates for families of children enrolled in the prekindergarten and Head Start programs.