All children whose birthday is on or after September 2, 2015, and on or before September 1, 2016, are required by Maryland law to begin kindergarten in September 2021.
To register: PowerSchool Online Enrollment is a secure platform that allows parents/guardians to securely enter their child’s information into an online database. New users begin by using their email address to create an account and then proceed through the process. Families without access to a device or the internet may contact the school for assistance.
If an in-person visit is needed, schools will use the information provided in PowerSchool to call families and schedule an appointment to complete the enrollment process.
For more information about the enrollment process, please visit the Enrollment-Attendance page.
Pre-Kindergarten (4 Year Old) Program
Pre-Kindergarten (4 Year Old) Program
CCPS’s pre-kindergarten is a high-quality, full-day pre-kindergarten program. The comprehensive curriculum taught by certified staff supports early learning and school readiness and provides experiences that fosters a child’s academic, social, emotional and physical development.
The purpose of the Pre-Kindergarten (4 year old) Program is to prepare children for Kindergarten. Again this year, the CCPS Pre-Kindergarten Program at all district elementary schools will be operating under a special grant with defined guidelines for enrollment. Pre-kindergarten will continue to be a full day educational program. Pre-kindergarten children will ride the school bus with other elementary students from their home school.
To qualify for the full day program, children must be determined to meet income guidelines. Families at all schools must show verification of income. If both parents are working, current W-2’s or work pay stubs showing income for a month may be used for the verification process. If neither of these documents are available or work is seasonal, parents can prepare a document showing their income for the year. This document, which details the family income, will need to have parent’s signatures and be notarized. Children cannot be accepted into Pre-kindergarten Program at any elementary school without verification of income.
Children who do not qualify under the Federal income guidelines, but who do meet the CCPS guidelines for other options for enrollment, will be determined eligible. Parents of children who do not demonstrate any need will receive a letter that informs them that their child does not qualify for the pre-kindergarten program.
2021 Pre-Kindergarten (4 Year Old) Registration and Screening
Families with children whose birthday is on or after September 2, 2016, and on or before September 1, 2017, may request their child be enrolled in pre-kindergarten classes that begin in September 2021.
Step 1 – Registration: Please use PowerSchool Online Enrollment to begin the process. Families without access to a device or the internet may contact the school in April for assistance with registration.
Step 2 – Screening Day: By appointment only on the days specified below
Families must contact the child’s school to schedule a screening appointment. Vision, speech and language, and early learning skills will be informally assessed, and take approximately 30 minutes.
Screening Days by School:
- May 5 – Denton & Ridgely students at Denton Elementary, 9:00-3:00
- May 12 – Federalsburg & Preston students at Federalsburg Elementary, 9:00-3:00
- May 19 – Greensboro students at Greenboro Elementary, 9:00-3:00
Regional Pre-K-3 Program
To apply for the Regional Pre-K-3 Program: After reading the information provided below, interested parents should call the appropriate school to receive an application.
The Regional Pre-Kindergarten 3 Program provides an inclusive environment for eligible children. Children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive specially designed instruction per their Individualized Education Program (IEP) in the same classroom with typically developing peer models. These inclusive learning environments help children with disabilities and their peer models to develop positive social relationships and friendships, a sense of belonging and membership and early learning skills needed to reach their full potential.
- 2021-2022 Proposed Locations: Preston & Ridgely Elementary Schools
- Half-day schedule, Monday through Thursday
- Two sessions per day, one morning and one afternoon
- Special transportation available for children with disabilities.
- Student peers are transported by their parents/guardians.
Eligibility for Typically Developing Peer Models:
- Three years old by September 1
- Not eligible for Pre-Kindergarten 4
- Selected as a peer model following an Early Childhood Screening/Recommendation from the Assessment Team
- Have transportation to and from the school program
- Completed the Caroline County Public School Referral Form (available at the child’s school of residence)
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)
The State of Maryland is using a tool to learn more about children’s early learning experiences. This tool will provide teachers and parents information used to help children learn and grow. The new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment will be used by kindergarten teachers to measure what children know and can do when entering Kindergarten in the early learning areas of social skills, language and literacy, cognitive development, and physical well-being and motor development. (This assessment will NOT determine whether a child can be enrolled in Kindergarten.)
There are three ways for a child to show what he or she knows and is able to do:
- Selecting the answer to a question (example: “Show me the block that is the largest of three.”)
- Performing a requested task (example: retelling a short story)
- Being observed by the teacher during the school day’s activities or collecting their work samples
The Kindergarten teachers will have until November 1st to complete the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. It will help them tailor their instruction to the needs of each child. When the assessment is complete, teachers will share the report with families. This report will help families and teachers work as partners so that our children are successful in school.
Caroline County Readiness Matters Data
Maryland Readiness Matters Data