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The Voluntary Pre-K for Tennessee Story

The Voluntary Pre-K for Tennessee initiative provides Tennessee's four-year-old children, with the first priority to those four year olds who are at risk, an opportunity to develop school readiness skills (pre-academic and social skills). The goal of every Tennessee Pre-K classroom is to provide our four-year-old children with the learning experiences they need in order to succeed in kindergarten.

Who Initiated Pre-K In Tennessee?

Pioneered by Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, the legislation for the Voluntary Pre-K for Tennessee Act of 2005 was passed by both the House and the Senate in May 2005. Program compliance is aligned and monitored through the Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning: Voluntary Pre-K for Tennessee

What Are The Eligibility Requirements?


First Requirement:

Pursuant to State Law 49-6-101; House Bill 0839/Senate Bill 1022: Students must be four years old on or before August 15th of the current school year. Students identified as economically disadvantaged based on income eligibility.

Second Requirement:

Students must live in attendance zone of the school.

Third Requirement:

Students with disabilities, students identified as ELL, in state custody, or those identified as educationally at-risk for failure due to circumstances of abuse or neglect.

Fourth Requirement:

If space is available, students who meet local at-risk criteria or who do not meet any at-risk criteria but are considered unserved or underserved.

Pre-K 2017-18 School Year Flyer

The Revised Tennessee Early Learning Development Standards for Four year-olds

For more information on HCS Pre-K, click on the links below:

Where Are The Pre-K Sites in Hardeman County?
What Do We Do In Pre-K?
Through A Child's Eyes

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