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You must meet the income guidelines listed below or have homeless or foster care status to qualify for Category 1. Gross (before tax) annual income for your entire household cannot exceed the limits shown below. Category 1 status must be verified with one of the following:

  • copy of current Food Supplement (food stamps) Program approval letter listing date range the supplements are valid and household members
  • 3 recent, consecutive paystubs for each wage earner in the household
  • To verify homeless or foster care status, contact the Office of Student Services at 301-934-7326.

# of Household Members Income Limit - Before Taxes
  Weekly Bi-Weekly Monthly Yearly
2 $614 $1,227 $2,658 $31,894
3 $773 $1,546 $3,349 $40,182
$933 $1,865 $4,040 $48,470
5 $1,092 $2,183 $4,730 $56,758
$1,251 $2,502 $5,421 $65,046
$1,411  $2,821 $6,112 $73,334
8 $1,570  $3,140 $6,802 $81,622
For each additional family member, add $160 $319 $691 $8,288 












If you meet the qualifications for one of the special circumstances listed below, select Category 2 on the PreK Application. Admission under Category 2 is not guaranteed.  Category 2 applicants will only be placed if slots remain after all students eligible for Category 1 have been placed. Placement of Category 2 students will occur between mid-August and mid-September, and may not occur until after the beginning of the school year. Acceptable circumstances for Category 2 are listed below (verification is required):

  • Child has an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) from Child Find for speech/language
  • Child’s primary language is not English
  • Child participated in Head Start through the US Department of Health & Human Services in the past 12 months  Head Start Center Locator | ECLKC (hhs.gov)
  • Child lives with grandparent or elderly guardian (parent is not in household)
  • Parent has a diagnosed chronic illness impacting ability to care for child
  • Parent is or will be deployed for 6 months or more
  • Family income is within 10% of the limit for Category 1


If you do not qualify for Category 1 or Category 2, select Category 3 on the PreK Application. Please be aware that no Category 3 students will be placed until placement of Category 1 and 2 is complete, which will not happen until after the start of the school year. Placement of Category 3 applicants is not guaranteed. Category 3 applicants will be placed on the waiting list in birth order with the oldest children first (beginning with September birthdays).

The online application opens March 29, 2021.  Category 2 and 3 applications submitted after July 31, 2021 will go to the bottom of the waiting list.

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