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Early Childhood Education

Teaching and Learning: Providing district leadership, support and accountability — with link

Kent County Public Schools is pleased to offer full-day pre-kindergarten at all three of our elementary schools in addition to kindergarten. The State of Maryland requires children to attend kindergarten before entering first grade.

Kent County Public Schools offers free full-day pre-kindergarten to all children who reside in Kent County and will be 4 years of age on or before Sept. 1. The overall goal of the program is to provide learning experiences to develop and maintain school readiness skills necessary for successful school performance. The program achieves this goal by providing developmentally appropriate experiences that address the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical needs of young children.

Maryland requires children who are 5 years of age by Sept. 1 to register and attend kindergarten before going into first grade. There are some exceptions to the law.

Elementary Registration

2024-25 School Year

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration

Each elementary school holds a registration day in the spring for pre-K and kindergarten. Call your child's home school to schedule an appointment on registration day. 

We are asking families to bring their child with them to registration appointments this year.

This year's elementary registration dates are:

Tuesday, April 9
Phone: 410-778-6890

Wednesday, April 11
Phone: 410-810-2622

Tuesday, April 16 
Phone: 410-810-2510

Families should bring to their registration appointment the following documents:
• the child’s birth certificate
• completed Immunization and Health Inventory forms
• proof of residence, such as a utility bill, tax bill or lease agreement
• the child’s Social Security card
• the child's health insurance card
• the parent’s driver’s license or government-issued photo ID
• proof of custody if not a birth parent.


Do you have a child who will be 3 years old on or before Sept. 1? If so, please complete the Kent County Public Schools 3-year-old Program Interest Survey. This information will help determine the need for expanding our current early childhood program offerings.