Jefferson County Public Schools Early Childhood
The Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Early Childhood Department offers a variety of programs for children birth through four years old, including children with disabilities. These programs are designed to prepare children socially, physically, emotionally, and educationally for elementary school. We offer full-day and half-day program options. Early Childhood programs differ in class schedules and program funding, but all share a common curriculum and common goals. Ongoing student assessments are used to measure skill development and mastery. The Early Childhood department serves approximately 4,400 students.
Head Start (ages 3 and 4)
Federally funded, the Head Start Program serves children from low-income families who meet eligibility guidelines. Applicants must be three or four years old by August 1 of the program year. Full-day programs are offered five days a week from 9:35am to 4:10pm. Transportation is available.
Early Head Start (ages 6 weeks to 36 months)
Federally funded, the Early Head Start program serves children from birth to 36 months and eligible pregnant women. Transportation is not provided. Parents must be working or enrolled in school or a training program to qualify. Full-day programs are offered five days a week from 9:35am to 4:10pm.
State-funded Preschool (ages 3 and 4)
The State-funded Preschool program serves children who are four years of age by August 1 of the program year and meet eligibility guidelines, or three year olds with a disability. Half-day and full-day classes are offered Monday through Thursday, and transportation is available.
Tuition-Based Preschool (ages 3 and 4)
The Tuition-Based Preschool program offers full day classes, Monday through Friday from 9:05am to 3:45pm, for students three or four years of age by August 1 of the program year. Parents pay tuition for preschool services and must provide their own transportation. Space is limited and a registration fee is due at the time of application.
Date Modified 8/28/15