KCS PreK Accepting 2020-2021 Enrollment Materials Online

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  • Briana Warner
  • 2/5/2020

Update 4-23-20

Preschool Families:

Due to the Coronavirus, the 2020-2021 Application Fairs have been postponed until further notice. At this time, we are adjusting the process on how we collect student documents. Please complete the application for 2020-2021 on PSTEPS. Please scan or take pictures with your phone of the required documents and attach and send to prekenrollment@mail.kana.k12.wv.us.

Required documents:

Online Application if not completed – kcs.preschoolsteps.org

(Once you complete the application, the system will email you. *This email is not verification that you child is enrolled. All required materials must be received.)

  • Cover Sheet – Attached to PSTEPS
  • Head Start Eligibility - Attached to PSTEPS
  • HIPPA/FERA - Attached to PSTEPS
  • State Birth Certificate from Vital Statistics
  • Up-to-date shots
  • Up-to-date Well-Child Physical with Lead and Hemoglobin
  • Up-to-date Dental Exam
  • Income verification - Pay Stub, W2, SSI Letter, or TNAF Document (WV Works) (If no income, please call the preschool office for further direction)

The cover sheet, Head Start Eligibility and HIPPA/FERA forms are to be added to PSTEPS. Please print, complete, sign and include in your email. If you need paper copies of these three documents please email to the above email with your child’s name and address. We will put these in the US Mail.

Thank you for partnering with us at this difficult time.

KCS Preschool Staff

Kanawha County Schools Preschool Office

1004 Lower Midway Drive

Dunbar, WV 25064

(304) 766 - 0397


Update 3-20-20

KCS Preschool will be accepting enrollment documents through prekenrollment@mail.kana.wv.us. during the COVID-19 shutdown. 

Required documents:

  • Cover Sheet (below)
  • HIPPA/FERPA  (below)
  • HS Eligibility (below)
  • State Birth Certificate
  • Up-to-date shots
  • Up-to-date Well-Child Physical with Lead and Hemoglobin
  • Up-to-date Dental Exam
  • Income verification - Pay Stub, W2, SSI Letter, or TNAF Document (WV Works) (If no income, please call the preschool office for further direction)

Click here to download: 2020-21 Head Start Application. Please note: *The email confirming application submission is not a verification that your child is enrolled. 


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our office. The Preschool Office is available at 304-766-0397 or 304-348-1942.


Thank you for partnering with us at this difficult time.

-KCS Preschool Staff


Parents can begin enrolling their children in Kanawha County Schools preschool beginning on March 3rd at enrollment fairs across the county. This year’s enrollment fairs begin on March 3rd and go through March 31st. Childcare is provided during each enrollment fair. These fairs are only offered in March and 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 who are four-years-old on or before June 30, 2020, are placed in school-based sites as well as sites in collaboration with the county. Kanawha County preschools feature state-approved curriculum, small class sizes (not exceeding 20 students), and transportation to and from school-based sites.

This year, Kanawha Charleston Health Department or school-based clinic staff will be on-hand at the fairs in case a parent wishes to catch their child up on needed immunizations. This is an option provided to parents, but not required. 

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

  • Special Needs– these children are identified by the Kanawha County Schools Special Education Department and may be three, four or five years old with an IEP.
  • Head Start– priority is given to children who are income eligible according to Head Start guidelines.
  • Pre-K– the child must be four years old on or before June 30, 2020. Children are placed into school-based classrooms or collaborative classrooms according to the needs of the family and time of application.

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

  • a valid e-mail address
  • state certified birth certificate obtained from Vital Statistics
  • current immunization record
  • current physical exam/well-child check, including lead & hemoglobin
  • current dental exam record
  • documentation if the child is in the custody of someone other than the parent or is homeless (if applicable)
  • income verification – W2 or pay stub (if applicable)
  • if you wish to take part in the vaccination clinic, please bring your health insurance information
  • and, a completed application

The application will be available online beginning on March 1 at 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.

The Preschool Office is available at 304-766-0397 or 304-348-1942.


Attendance Area


Schools & Collaborative Sites

St. Albans Area

March 3, 2020

Gateway Center

Alban, Anne Bailey, Andrews Heights, Lakewood, Weimer, Gateway Christian Ed, St. Francis Preschool

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Herbert Hoover/Elkview Area

March 4, 2020

Elkview Baptist Church

Bridge-Clendenin, Elk Center, Creative Learning, St. Andrews Preschool

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Nitro/Cross Lanes Area

March 5, 2020

Cross Lanes YMCA

Cross Lanes, Nitro, Cross Lanes YMCA

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Riverside Area 1

March 18, 2020

Carver Career Center

Belle, Cedar Grove, Malden, Mary Ingles, Midland Trail, Country Kids

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

GW Area

March 19, 2020

India Center

Alum Creek, Holz, Kenna, Ruthlawn, Weberwood

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

So. Chas/Dunbar Area

March 24, 2020

Kiddie Kollege

Bridgeview, Dunbar Primary, Kiddie Kollege, Montrose, Richmond, Oakhurst William Raglin Community Center

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Riverside Area 2

March 25, 2020

Chesapeake Town Hall

Chesapeake, Marmet, Sharon Dawes, Pratt

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Capital Area

March 26, 2020

Beni Kedem

Bream, Charleston Childcare and Learning Center Edgewood, Grandview, Kanawha City, Mary C. Snow West Side, Piedmont, Ruffner, Shoals, Discovery Kingdom, Growing Place, Kanawha City, Morris Memorial, Union Mission

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sissonville Area

March 31, 2020

North Hills Baptist Church

Flinn, Sissonville

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.