Early Childhood Education (Pre-K)

Pre-K and Preschool Information and Application

Metro Nashville Public Schools accepts Pre-K applications throughout the school year. Visit an Enrollment Center at any point to begin the process.

Metro Schools’ early childhood education programs focus on a high-quality, play-based curriculum that supports the development of the whole child and prepares children for kindergarten.

Our prekindergarten (Pre-K) curriculum is focused on the constructivist approach, which provides diverse learning environments where activities are driven by the students, and teachers encourage and support children to play and explore as a path to learning.

Our Pre-K curriculum focuses on all areas that are important for school success:

  • Social-emotional

  • Cognitive

  • Math

  • Literacy

  • Physical

  • Language

  • Social Studies

  • Science and Technology

  • The Arts

MNPS’ Pre-K program provides support services, such as Extended Learning (Before and After care), Nutrition Services, Family Engagement, Family Empowerment and Health Services to support our Pre-K families and students. Review the program guide linked below to see what each school offers.

Program Guide Translations: Arabic | Burmese | Kurdish |Nepali | Somali | Spanish


To APPLy FOR PRE-K any time during the school year

First Step
Gather your required documents, which include your child’s birth certificate and proof of residency. The full list of documents can be found on the Metro Schools enrollment page.

Second Step
Bring your required documents to receive a student identification number to any of the following locations:


Third Step
After you have received a student identification number for your child:

  • Complete and submit the online Pre-K Application, which is linked below on the “Apply for Pre-K” button, or

  • Visit an Enrollment Center, where a staff member can assist in the application process in person, if necessary.

After submitting the Pre-K application, families will receive next steps instructions.  

Learn More
Informational Application Flyer: English | Spanish | Kurdish | Arabic | Nepali | Somali | Burmese

Watch this video for step-by-step instructions on how to apply to Pre-K.

Translated how-to-apply videos: Spanish | Somali | Nepali | Kurdish |Burmese |Arabic



Preparing for Kindergarten

To help your child prepare for kindergarten, MNPS has partnered with Alignment Nashville and many other Metro Nashville community organizations to develop iTrails.org, a kindergarten readiness website.  iTRAILS is a FREE resource for families and educators that provides kindergarten readiness information and activities.