Apply for Pre-K

  • The 2024-25 Pre-K Application will open on March 1, 2024
  • Apply for Pre-K now for the 2023-24 school year. Pre-K Applications for the 2023-24 school year opened on March 1, 2023 and currently being accepted for the 2023-24 school year.


Pre-K Requirements and Program Information

MNPS Pre-K programs prepare your child for kindergarten by developing foundational academic skills through play-based learning. Early learning programs are available for every family in every neighborhood.

Age Requirements

  • child must be 4 years old on or before August 15 of the current school year to apply for MNPS Pre-K.student on slide
  • Some MNPS Pre-K programs accept 3-year-olds. A child must be 3 years old on or before August 15 of the current school year to apply for these programs. During the selection process, 3-year-olds with birth dates between August 16 - September 30 will be given priority over all 3-year-old hold applicants.
  • Families that are already working with the MNPS Exceptional Education (EE) Department or if your child is transitioning from Tennessee Early Intervention Services (TEIS) can complete steps 1 and 2 (below) starting at 2 years 7 months old.

Learn More about the Pre-K Program


1-2-3 Steps to Apply

  • Step 1

    Gather All Required Documents

    Gather your required documents, which include your child’s birth certificate and proof of residency.

    Required Documents:

    • Birth certificate or record of birth
    • Proof of Davidson County residency: current utility bill, telephone, lease, or homeowner policy in the parent/guardian name.
    • Parent/Guardian photo ID (Parent/Guardian must be present if scheduling an appointment with an Enrollment Center)
  • Step 2

    Obtain a Student Identification Number

    Get your Student Identification Number through the MNPS Online Portal and follow instructions to upload the required documents.

  • Step 3

    Apply for Pre-K Online

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

    • If you are applying to Pre-K for the 2023-24 school year, complete and submit the online Pre-K Application or contact an Enrollment Center by telephone if you need help or cannot apply online and need to schedule an appointment.
    • Please make sure you select the school year you are applying for on the Pre-K application.
    • After submitting the 2023-24  Pre-K application, families will receive instructions about next steps. Families can also view their Pre-K selection results by visiting the Pre-K application website.


What's Next after Applying? 

Families will receive instructions on how to view the selection results and if selected can accept the seat by the stated deadline. Dates below are for the 2023-24 Pre-K application process.

  • April 17: Selection results.
  • May 1: Deadline to accept the seat.
  • May 2: Smart Choice will begin making additional daily pulls to fill the remaining vacancies.


How to Apply for Pre-K

Step-by-Step Instructions and Video in English, Spanish and Arabic

English Pre-K Application Instructions
Cómo solicitar Pre-K
Arabic Pre-K Application Instructions
Get a closer look at our nationally recognized Pre-K classrooms.


Pre-Kindergarten Documents