2018-2019 KCS Preschool Information

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  • Briana Warner
  • 1/10/2018

Kanawha County Schools

Preschool Information – 2018-2019

**Important Statewide Update on Age Requirements**


  • Beginning next school year, the age & month cutoff for WV preschoolers has changed.
  • Per a bill passed during the 2017 WV legislative session, children must be 4-years-old on or before June 30, 2018 to enroll in preschool beginning in the Fall of 2018.
  • This change affects all WV preschoolers.
  • Help us by making sure that your family, friends and neighbors know about this important change!


  • It’s almost time to sign your eligible child up for 2018-2019 Kanawha County Schools FREE preschool!
  • Enrollment Fairs will begin on February 28 and will run through the end of March.
  • You can prepare now, by pulling together the following documents:
    • state certified birth certificate (see correct birth certificate here; incorrect birth certificate here)
    • 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)
  • The application is not available yet, but will be soon. The application and additional details will be provided in the coming weeks.


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.