Pinellas County Schools application period for prekindergarten programs will be two months earlier this school year.
Parents will be able to apply for PreK for 3-year-olds and VPK for 4-year-olds for next school year from Nov. 28 through Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.
Invitations will be sent to families on Dec. 16. At that time, families will be able to accept a seat in one of our schools for the 2023-2024 school year.
Parents will be able to log back into the student reservation system to accept a seat from Dec. 16 through Jan. 13. They must accept an invitation to keep a seat.
The new timeline will help families find out earlier which program their child will attend next school year. Parents will also have more time to work with Early Childhood Education to secure a seat if their child is on a waitlist.
Research shows that children who participate in high-quality prekindergarten programs are more prepared for kindergarten, have better school attendance rates, perform better on standardized tests, and develop lifelong social and emotional skills.
Families interested in VPK will also need to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (voucher) from the Early Learning Coalition beginning Jan. 1, 2023.
The school district will host a live online event to walk families through the application process at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 28.
To learn more about both PreK 3 and VPK opportunities, visit www.pcsb.org/early or call 727-588-6513.