Kanawha County Schools Announces 2018-2019 Preschool Enrollment Fairs

  • News
  • Briana Warner
  • 2/20/2018

**Preschool Application**

Parents can begin enrolling their children in Kanawha County Schools preschools beginning in March at enrollment fairs across the county. Childcare is provided during each enrollment fair. These fairs are the easiest way to register a child. Each fair features stations on enrollment application assistance, a nurse’s station, a dental appointment center and additional community resource tables.

Preschool is a part of Kanawha County Schools and there is no cost to parents. Students are placed in school-based sites as well as collaborative sites within the county based on their home school attendance area. Kanawha County preschools feature state-approved curriculum, small class sizes (not exceeding 20 students), and transportation to and from school-based sites is available.

This year, there is an important change in the age cutoff for students starting preschool across the state. Per the passage of Senate Bill 186 during the 2017 WV legislative session, children must be 4-years-old on or before June 30, 2018 to enroll in preschool beginning the Fall of 2018. This change affects all WV preschoolers. This is two months earlier than it has been in previous years.

In every classroom, there are three ways your child may be enrolled:

  • Pre-K – the child must be four years old on or before June 30 of 2018. Children are placed into school-based classrooms or collaborative classrooms according to the needs of the family and time of application.
  • Head Start – priority is given to children who are income eligible according to Head Start guidelines.
  • Special Needs – these children are identified by the Kanawha County Schools Board of Education Special Education Department and may be three, four or five years old.

“It is so important to start thinking about preschool application early and enrollment fairs are both informational and efficient for parents,” said Carol Lane, Kanawha County Schools Director of Preschool. “We encourage parents not to wait and get their children registered now.”

The following documents are needed for a complete preschool enrollment application:

  • state certified birth certificate obtained from Vital Statistics
  • current immunization record
  • current physical exam/well-child check
  • current dental exam
  • documentation if the child is in the custody of someone other than the parent or is homeless (if applicable)
  • income verification if head start-eligible (if applicable)
  • and, a completed application

The application can be filled out in advance by going to http://kcs.preschoolsteps.org. Parents can bring the printed, signed application with them. Parents can also get an application at an enrollment fair. All applicable materials from the list above must be received before the county will enroll a student.

Attendance Area

Date/Location

Schools & Collaborative Sites

Capital High Area West Side

March 13, 2018

MCSWSE

Edgewood, Mary C. Snow West Side

Bream, Charleston Child Care Learning Center

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Capital High Area West Side

March 13, 2018

Switzer Center

Grandview

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Riverside Area 1

March 14, 2018

Carver Career Center

Belle, Cedar Grove, Malden, Mary Ingles,

Midland Trail, Country Kids

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

South Charleston Area

March 15, 2018

Kiddie Kollege

Bridgeview, Richmond, Montrose

Kiddie Kollege, Oakhurst Childcare

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Dunbar Area

March 15, 2018

Raglin Center

Dunbar Primary, William Raglin Community Center

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Capital High Area

East End

March 16, 2018

King Center

Piedmont, Ruffner, Shoals, King Center,

Vista View, Discovery Kingdom, Growing Place

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Capital High Area

Kanawha City

March 16, 2018

Morris Memorial

Kanawha City, Chamberlain, CAMC Lighthouse

Morris Memorial

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

St. Albans Area

March 19, 2018

Gateway Center

Anne Bailey, Andrews Heights

Lakewood, Weimer, Gateway Christian Ed.,

St. Francis Preschool

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sissonville Area

March 20, 2018

Flinn Elementary

Sissonville

8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Riverside Area 2

March 21, 2018

Chesapeake Town Hall

Chesapeake, Marmet, Sharon Dawes

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Pratt Elementary

March 22, 2018

Pratt Elementary

Pratt Elementary

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

George Washington Area

March 26, 2018

India Center

Alum Creek, Holz, Kenna, Ruthlawn, Weberwood, Friendly Faces

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Nitro/Cross Lanes Area

March 27, 2018

Cross Lanes YMCA

Cross Lanes, Nitro   

Cross Lanes YMCA

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sharon Dawes Elementary

March 28, 2018

Sharon Dawes Elementary

Sharon Dawes Elementary

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Herbert Hoover Area

March 29, 2018

Elkview Baptist Church

Bridge, Clendenin, Elk Center,

Creative Learning, St. Andrews Preschool

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.