PreKCharles County Public School offers Prekindergarten (PreK) programs at all 22 elementary schools. 
The goal of the PreK program is to prepare children socially, emotionally, physically, and academically for Kindergarten and beyond.  Prekindergarten Brochure icon acrobat
Full-day Prekindergarten Programs are held at the following schools:
  • Barnhart
  • Brown
  • Craik
  • Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer
  • Eva Turner
  • Indian Head
  • J. C. Parks
  • J. P. Ryon
  • Malcolm
  • Matula
  • Middleton
  • Mitchell
  • Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy
  • Mudd
  • Wade

Morning (AM) and afternoon (PM) half-day PreK programs are offered at all other elementary schools.

You must apply for PreK at the school you are zoned for based on your home address.  School Change requests are NOT accepted for PreK. Click here to find your zoned school through School Locator.

PreK programs in some schools are designated inclusion programs for preschool-aged special-needs children, as well as typically-developed children.

Who can apply for PreK?
To be considered for PreK, a child must be 4 years old on or before September 1st of the current school year and must be a Charles County resident. 

Are all county children entitled to attend PreK?
No.  The PreK program is neither mandatory nor guaranteed.  In accordance with state policy, first priority is given to students whose families are economically disadvantaged or homeless (Category 1).  All Category 1 students are admitted.  Category 2 and 3 students may be placed if spaces exist after all Category 1 students are placed.  For a full description of the three application categories, click here for Prekindergarten Category Information.

Is transportation provided for PreK students?
Yes, in most cases.  Full-day PreK students ride the bus to and from school with other students from their school.  Half-day PreK students ride the bus with other students from their school, either to or from school, and ride a PreK bus at midday.  If you are Category 1 and the PreK class at your home school is full at the time your child is accepted, you will be offered a placement at a different school with no transportation.

The PreK application process

For questions about PreK, please contact:
Beth Sorsby

Specialist in Early Childhood
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