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Pre-Kindergarten Program

Pre-Kindergarten Program

To be eligible to enter Prekindergarten classes for the next school year, children must be four years of age by September 1. 

For more information about Somerset County Public Schools Pre-Kindergarten program, please call Karen Karten, Early Childhood Supervisor 410-651-1616 Ex. 10255  

Program Information 

Somerset County offers full day Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) programming for four year old children. Though a priority is made for families that are economically disadvantaged or homeless, Somerset County strives to ensure quality Pre-Kindergarten learning experiences for all families regardless of income. Income eligibility information is still collected from ALL families as part of the Pre-K registration process but the county will work to provide a spot for all students. Families are requested to register students in the spring to ensure a spot. The over-all goal of the Pre-K program is to help children develop and maintain the basic skills in order to prepare them with the foundational knowledge necessary for school success in kindergarten and beyond.  

Early Entrance to Prekindergarten

To be eligible to enter Pre-Kindergarten classes for the next school year, children must be four years of age by September 1.  Parents/guardians may request early entrance into Pre-K, if the child turns four (4) years of age between September 2 and October 15 of the school year for which they are requesting early entrance. Parents/guardians of children who wish to apply for early entrance to Pre-Kindergarten must meet state prescribed Pre-Kindergarten income eligibility criteria and present with at-risk developmental factors. Early entrance to Pre-K does not mean automatic entry into kindergarten in the following year. Children who qualify for early entrance to Pre-Kindergarten are eligible for two years of a Pre-Kindergarten experience.


Pre-Kindergarten Locations


Ewell Elementary School 

Woodson Elementary School 

Deal Island Elementary School

Princess Elementary School