Pre-K teacher and students

PreK & Kindergarten


The purpose of CCPS's PreKindergarten Programs is to prepare children for Kindergarten. Both 3- and 4-year old programs are full day five days a week, taught by certified staff, and transportation is provided. The comprehensive curriculum supports early learning and school readiness, and provides experiences that foster a child's academic, social, emotional and physical development.

To qualify for PreK Programs, children must be determined eligible by meeting federal income guidelines. Families at all schools must show verification of income. If both parents are working, current W-2s 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 PreK Programs at any location without verification of income.

Parents will receive a letter notifying them if their child qualifies for the PreK Programs.

PreK Immunization Letter:   English   |  Spanish  |   Haitian Creole

PreKindergarten 4 Year Old Program

2023-2024 School Year: Date of birth on or after September 2, 2018 and on or before September 1, 2019

The PreK 4 Year Old Programs are located in each elementary school, and children are assigned based on where they live.

PreKindergarten 3 Year Old Program

2023-2024 School Year: Date of birth on or after September 2, 2019 and on or before September 1, 2020.

PreK-3 Programs are located in the Federalsburg Judy Center Early Learning Hubs, the Greensboro Judy Center Early Learning Hubs, Preston Elementary School and Ridgely Elementary School. Children in the Federalsburg, Greensboro, Preston and Ridgely areas will be assigned to their home school. Children in the Denton area will be assigned to either Preston or Ridgely, as determined by the space available.

Private PreK Providers

Private PreK Expansion Grant providers serving 3 and 4 year olds, partnering with but not operated by Caroline County Public Schools:

Guardian Angel Child Care - Angela Cintron
12968 Hoglot Road, Ridgely MD 21660
302-331-7260 |

Heather Fisher
23758 Wilkins Branch Road, Preston, MD 21655
410-463-9939 |


All children whose date of birth is on or after September 2, 2017, and on or before September 1, 2018, are required by Maryland law to begin kindergarten in September 2023.

To register:  PowerSchool Online Enrollment (English | Spanish) 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.

Kindergarten Immunization Letter:   English   |  Spanish  |   Haitian Creole

Universal Screeners - DIBELS 8 Letter: English Universal Screener I Spanish Universal ScreenerHaitian Creole Universal Screener


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.

More Information on KRA

Caroline County Readiness Matters Data

Maryland Readiness Matters Data


Elizabeth Saylor
Supervisor of Early Childhood
410.479.3246 x 1128 |