Kanawha County Schools Head Start and Pre-K enrollment period begins February 1

Need to register for Preschool or Head Start for the 2024-2025 school year?

 Enrollment will open on February 1st, 2024 for FREE KCS 2024-2025 Preschool! Please continue reading for the full application process.

KCS Preschool

 Preschool is a part of Kanawha County Schools and there is no cost to parents. Students who are four-years-old on or before June 30, 2024, are placed in school-based sites as well as sites in collaboration with the county. Kanawha County preschools feature state-approved curriculum, small class sizes (not exceeding 20 students), and transportation to and from school-based sites.

In every classroom, there are three ways your child may be enrolled:

  • Special Needs – these children are identified by the Kanawha County Schools Special Education Department and may be three, four or five years old with an IEP. If you would like more information, please call 304-348-1353.
  • Head Start – priority is given to children who are income eligible according to Head Start guidelines.
  • Pre-K – the child must be four years old on or before June 30, 2024. Children are placed into school-based classrooms or collaborative classrooms according to the needs of the family and time of application. For more information, call 304-766-0397.

 The following documents are needed for a complete preschool enrollment application:

  • state certified birth certificate obtained from Vital Statistics, not County or Hospital  
  • current immunization record
  • current physical exam/well child check – must have been completed within one year of the date of application
  • current dental exam – must have been completed within one year of the date of application
  • documentation if the child is in the custody of someone other than the parent or homeless
  • income verification – paystub, W2, TANF or SSI letter, etc. (if qualifying for Head Start)
  • and, a completed online application 

Here is an example of the correct birth certificate:

How to Enroll (on or after February 1st, 2024):

The online form for 2024-2025 will be available on February 1st, 2024 at https://kcs.preschoolsteps.org/login.cfm.

PLEASE NOTE: the application up now is for the current school year. If your child qualifies for 2024-2025, please wait for that application to go live on Feb. 1st and make sure that you complete the correct application. 

After completing the online application, you must submit the documents listed above. Enrollment will not be complete until all documents are received. You may submit documents one of the following ways:

  • Drop-off or mail documents to the KCS Preschool Office: 1004 Lower Midway Drive, Dunbar, WV 25064
  • Scan or take pictures of the documents and email them to: prekenrollment@mail.kana.k12.wv.us
  • Fax documents to: (304) 348-1352

Prefer in-person? Call our Preschool Office for more information about support with the process and in-person opportunities to submit materials. 

 The Preschool Office is available at 304-766-0397 or 304-348-1942.

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