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Pre-Kindergarten Program

Pre-Kindergarten Program

Pre-K 4: To be eligible to enter Prekindergarten classes for the next school year, children must be four years of age by September 1. 

Pre-K 3: To be eligible to enter Pre-K3 classes for the next school year, children must be three years of age by September 1. (there are a limited number of slots available for this program and students must be pre-screened) Students with an IEP who meet the age criteria, are automatically eligible for this program. 

Beginning with the 2022-2023 School Year, eligible families (up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines) will be provided the opportunity to enroll their child in the Maryland Prekindergarten Program and choose from several different settings. Prekindergarten for (3 year olds) (4 year olds) in Somerset County will be available in elementary schools and in private provider settings. You will be provided a list of the various Prekindergarten options available. The options for private providers are based on the eligible private providers who applied and received a grant to participate this year. At this time, it is not known if any private providers will be available in the county.

Parents may also choose a child care program through LOCATE: Child Care, a free and confidential referral service that helps families find the best child care program to meet their needs: https://www.marylandfamilynetwork.org/for-parents/locate-child-care.

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 Public Schools will try to provide Pre-Kindergarten learning experiences for all families regardless of income. Income eligibility information is 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