PreKindergarten registration for the upcoming school year begins on the first Friday in May.
Applications for admission to
PreKindergarten will be available.
Beginning in fall 2003, prekindergarten enrollment was affected by two state and federal acts: No Child Left
Behind and Bridge
to Excellence. Based on those two acts, economics became the major factor in determining eligibility. To
date in the state of Maryland, prekindergarten is not mandatory; it is an application process based on age
eligible children and the economic status of the family. Harford County Public Schools does not have
in every elementary school. Children receiving services prior to prekindergarten through HCPS are not guaranteed
The purpose for prekindergarten is to prepare at-risk children for kindergarten. Through a structured
that consists of instruction in language arts and mathematics, theme-related project work, self-directed
activities in learning centers, literature and outdoor play, children acquire the work habits, academic
and social skills needed for kindergarten readiness. Prekindergarten operates in two half-day sessions: 9:00
a.m. to 11:30 a. m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Children must attend regularly. Parents must make the commitment
to their child's early education by ensuring that their child attends regularly and by participating in two
parent-teacher conferences a year. Excessive absences will lead to the removal of the child in the
To be eligible for prekindergarten, a child must turn four years old by September 1st of the school year. Due to
that there is not prekindergarten in every school, there is no early entrance to prekindergarten programs.
Interested families may pick up an application at any Harford County elementary school. The completed
must be submitted in person to the elementary school with the prekindergarten program for which the
is applying. A family must submit an application to only one prekindergarten site. If more than one application
is submitted, the child's eligibility will be jeopardized.
The first prekindergarten application period will be held the first Friday in the month of May beginning at 8:30
the last day of school for prekindergarten. The second application period extends from the first day of summer
vacation through to the first day of school in August. To apply and have the child considered for
a family member must answer all questions on the application, providing complete accurate information that
can be verified. The attendance notification/parent-conference form must be signed. A copy of the family's
current income tax form, the child's birth certificate and proof of residence is also required as part of
the application process. The health inventory is not required until the child is accepted into the program.
No application will be considered until all documentation is submitted. Completing the application is necessary
for a child to be considered for prekindergarten, but it does not guarantee acceptance.
Children attending a prekindergarten program in their school attendance area may ride the school bus to and from
Parents of children living outside the school attendance area must provide transportation for their child
if he or she is accepted. If transportation interferes with regular attendace or with a child being picked
up on time, the child may not continue in the program. Harford County elementary schools with a prekindergarten
program include: Abingdon, Bakerfield, Bel Air, Church Creek, Darlington, Dublin, Edgewood, George Lisby
at Hillsdale, Hall's Cross Roads, Havre de Grace, Homestead-Wakefield, Joppatowne, Magnolia, Meadowvale,
North Harford, Prospect Mill, Riverside Roye-Williams, William Paca/Old Post Road, and William S. James.
To obtain assistance in completing the prekindergarten application, contact an elementary school with a