Apply for Pre-K

  • MNPS currently is accepting Pre-K Applications for the 2022-23 school year, and applicants will be placed as vacancies occur.
  • Pre-K Applications for the 2023-24 school year opens on March 1, 2023.


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:

    • 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 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.

  • April 18: selection results
  • May 2: deadline to accept the seat
  • May 3: 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