This criteria determines eligibility into the pre-kindergarten program.

All programs are designed to serve "at risk" students.

Title I Funded Pre-K Sites

Students who are automatically eligible include (documentation is required):

  • children who participated in Head Start or a Title I preschool program at any time in the prior two years;
  • children who received services under Part C of Title I (migrant education) in the prior two years;
  • homeless preschool-age children; and
  • children who are in a local institution for neglected or delinquent children and youth or attending a community-day program for these children.

Other preference criteria include (determined by a rubric which includes points for each criteria):

  • Completion of application and parent/guardian interview
  • Results of student's FirstStep screening scores (red, yellow, and green).
  • Students who are zoned for I-Zone, priority or focused schools
  • Students who meet federal income guidelines for free or reduced meals
  • In all Title I preschool programs, students MUST be zoned for a Title I school.

Head Start/Title I Sites

Students must be income eligible first, then zoned for the school, and meet other Head Start criteria.

State/Pilot Funded Sites

  • Target first those children who are considered to be at risk, with family income that qualifies the child for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program being the first at-risk factor for consideration.
  • Students must be zoned for a Hamilton County Department of Education Elementary school.