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:
Science and Technology
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.
APPLYING FOR PRE-K: 2019-2020 School Year
The 2019-2020 MNPS Pre-K Application period is March 1 - 29, 2019. To apply for Pre-K, visit one of the 10 enrollment centers, Ross Early Learning Center, Davis Early Learning Center or the Family Information Center with the required documents to receive a student identification number, which is needed for the application process. Then, complete and submit a 2019-2020 Pre-K Application online at the MNPS website or in person at the Enrollment Center.
After submitting the Pre-K application, families will receive next steps containing important dates for the selection process.
Key Dates for the 2019-2020 Pre-K Application Process:
March 1 - Pre-K application opens
March 29, 3:30 p.m. - Application deadline
April 15 - Pre-K Selection Day
Note: MNPS accepts Pre-K applications throughout the school year. Visit an enrollment center at any point to begin the process.
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.