July 10, 2018
By: Dwayne Page
Any parent interested in applying for the Pre K program for their child may pick up an application at the DeKalb County Board of Education central office downtown.
Children need to be 4 years old on or before August 15.
Parents/Guardians should bring the following items for their child:
*Original Birth Certificate
*Current Physical Examination
*Current Certification of Immunization
*Proof of Income for all Household Members
*Proof of Residency
The DeKalb County School System has been awarded $488,551 from the Tennessee Department of Education to fund five voluntary Pre-K classes to serve up to 100 students for another year.
“We are excited to receive this news”, said Director of Schools Patrick Cripps. “With the funding, the school system will continue to offer four Pre-K classes at Smithville Elementary and one class at DeKalb West School,” he said.
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced in May that 18,320 students in 916 classrooms across the state will benefit from the Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) program in the 2018-19 school year. Nearly 95 percent of districts in Tennessee will receive VPK funding designed to serve 4-year-olds who are at-risk and those in high-priority communities.