Early Childhood Education (Pre-K)

Learn about Pre-K and Preschool programs in Nashville

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


During the application period, from March 1 - 29, printed Pre-K applications will be available at the district’s 11 Enrollment Centers, as well as Ross Early Center, Davis Early Learning Center and the Family Information Center at Central Office. Starting March 1, you may also apply online using the link below.

Families will need to visit one of the 11 Enrollment Centers with the required documents to receive a student identification number. The student identification number will be needed to apply for Pre-K. After filling out and submitting the Pre-K application, families will receive next steps containing important dates for the selection process. 

The deadline to be included in the April 2018 selection process is March 29, 2018 (3:30 p.m.) for the 2018-19 school year.

The initial Pre-K Selection Day is Monday, April 16.

If you miss the application period, MNPS will still be accepting Pre-K applications throughout the school year. Families will still need to visit an MNPS Enrollment Center to attain a student identification number and submit an online Pre-K application.

DOWNLOAD THE PRE-K APPLICATION: English | Spanish | Arabic | Somali | Kurdish | Burmese

PRE-K APPLICATION FLYERS: English | Spanish | Arabic | Somali | Nepali | Kurdish | Burmese


Our Program

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.

Learn about the “Day in the Life of a Metro Schools Pre-K Student”:


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.