Kanawha County Schools
Preschool Information – 2018-2019
**Important Statewide Update on Age Requirements**
Why was this change made?
During the 2017 WV legislative session, delegates put forward Senate Bill 186, which changed the eligibility date for 4-year-olds statewide. Legislators felt that this was in the best interest of students and educational facilities. The bill was signed by the Governor and is now law.
So, if my child turns four on July 1st, they will not be eligible in 2018?
That is correct. Your child must turn 4 before July 1st, 2018, in order to be eligible for 2018-2019 preschool.
So, my child with a birthday between July 1st and August 31st, 2018 will begin PreK as a five-year-old in 2019?
That is correct. Depending on their birthday, they may begin preschool as a 4-year-old or 5-year-old.
If my child is affected, where can I go to learn about other daycare or preschool options for my child?
Several KCS collaborate preschools offer childcare and schooling for 3 and 4 year olds across the county. Information on these facilities can be found at http://kcspre.kana.k12.wv.us/info/partnership-sites/. In addition, parents could research private, paid preschool options.
Is there any exception to this rule or anything that can be done?
Unfortunately, no. This change is now law across West Virginia. Preschool children ages 3-4 who might have a special need may seek an appointment for screening. Screening of a preschool child does not indicate eligibility. There is no screening for early entry to preschool for students without an identified need.
What was the cutoff date in previous years?
Previously, students could begin preschool if their 4th birthday was on or before August 31st.
The Kanawha County Schools Preschool staff can be reached at 304-766-0397 or 304-348-1942.