JCPS serves children 4 years old and younger through a range of programs designed to make the most of each child's natural desire to learn. Staff members in these programs respect you as your child's first and most important teacher, and instructors build on your efforts.
Early Childhood classrooms are safe and inviting. Children are eager to join fun, educational activities that develop awareness and abilities. Programs differ in class schedules and funding sources, but all share a common curriculum and goals. Ongoing student assessments are used to measure skill development. Overall, Early Childhood serves more than 3,000 students at 65 locations throughout the county.
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 3 or 4 years old by August 1 of the program year. Full-day programs are offered five days a week from 9:45 a.m. to 4:35 p.m. Transportation is available.
For more information about Head Start, visit the Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center.
Early Head Start (ages 6 weeks to 36 months)
Federally funded, the Early Head Start Program serves children from birth to 36 months. Parents must meet eligibility guidelines and be working or enrolled in a school or training program to qualify. Full-day programs are offered five days a week from 9:45 a.m. to 4:35 p.m. Transportation is not provided.
For more information about Early Head Start, visit the Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center.
State-Funded Preschool (ages 3 and 4)
This program serves children who are 4 years old by August 1 of the program year and meet eligibility guidelines, or 3-year-old children with a diagnosed disability. Half-day and full-day classes are offered five days a week. Transportation is available.
For more information about State-Funded Preschool, visit the Kentucky Governor's Office of Early Childhood.
Tuition-Based Preschool (ages 3 and 4)
The Tuition-Based Preschool Program offers full-day classes, Monday through Friday from 9:05 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., for students who are 3 or 4 years old by August 1 of the program year. Parents pay $155 per week for preschool services and must provide their own transportation. Space is limited, and a $75 registration fee is due when you apply.
How to Apply
You can apply to Early Childhood Programs online and upload required documents, or you can visit the Early Childhood Application Center at the Ernest "Camp" Edwards Education Complex, 701 South Hancock Street (Corner of Hancock Street and Jacob Street). It's open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. You should bring proof of residency and family income (a 1040 tax document, all W2s, or other documentation of all household income for the past 12 months). If possible, you also should bring your child’s physical exam and immunization records.Your child does not have to be present for the application process.
For more information, call (502) 485-7677.