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Prekindergarten & Head Start

Prekindergarten & Head Start 2022-2023 registration is now open! 

La matricula 2022-2023 para Prekindergarten y Head Start esta abierta!

Please register for Prekindergarten/Head Start online. If you require additional assistance, please call the Prekindergarten/Head Start offices at 240-740-4530 or visit the Rocking Horse Road Center at 4910 Macon Road, Room 141, Rockville, MD, 20852. 

Thank you very much for spreading the word.


Por favor matricular para Prekindergarten/Head Start en linea. Si necesita mas ayuda, por favor llame a las oficinas de Prekindergarten/Head Start al 240-740-4530 o visite el Centro de Rocking Horse Road en el 4910 Macon Road, Cuarto 141, Rockville, MD, 20852.

Muchas gracias por compartir la informacion.


Families can use the following methods to register:

Are you new to MCPS? You will need to create a ParentVue account here or use the QR code: 
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Create a new ParentVUE account

Are you already an MCPS parent/guardian? Follow this link to register online or use the QR code: 
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1. You can use your ParentVUE account to access Online Registration.

2. I f you don’t have a ParentVUE account, contact your home school

and they will provide you with your activation letter.

Use your ParentVUE account

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 113 Prekindergarten classes and 34 Head Start classes throughout the county.

Additionally, a Prekindergarten Pilot program at seven Title I schools offers a full-day prekindergarten class to 160 children; children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2022 and families must meet income guidelines, slightly higher than regular prekindergarten guidelines.

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Common Questions

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. This school year, 24 Prekindergarten classes in select schools will offer a full day.

Where are the programs located?

Prekindergarten and Head Start programs are located in 65 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

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