Early Childhood Education (Pre-K)

Learn about Pre-K and Preschool programs in Nashville

Metro Schools’ early childhood education programs focus on a high-quality, play-based curriculum that supports the development of the whole child and prepares children for kindergarten.

Our prekindergarten (Pre-K) curriculum is focused on the constructivist approach, which provides diverse learning environments where activities are driven by the students, and teachers encourage and support children to play and explore as a path to learning.

Our Pre-K curriculum focuses on all areas that are important for school success:

  • Social-emotional

  • Cognitive

  • Math

  • Literacy

  • Physical

  • Language

  • Social Studies

  • Science and Technology

  • The Arts

MNPS’ Pre-K program provides support services, such as Extended Learning (Before and After care), Nutrition Services, Family Engagement, Family Empowerment and Health Services to support our Pre-K families and students. Review the program guide linked below to see what each school offers.

Program Guide Translations: Arabic | Burmese | Kurdish |Nepali | Somali | Spanish


APPLYING FOR PRE-K: 2019-2020 School Year

The 2019-2020 MNPS Pre-K Application period is March 1 - 29, 2019. To apply for Pre-K, visit one of the 10 enrollment centers, Ross Early Learning Center, Davis Early Learning Center or the Family Information Center with the required documents to receive a student identification number, which is needed for the application process. Then, complete and submit a 2019-2020 Pre-K Application online at the MNPS website or in person at the Enrollment Center.

After submitting the Pre-K application, families will receive next steps containing important dates for the selection process. 

Key Dates for the 2019-2020 Pre-K Application Process:

  • March 1 - Pre-K application opens

  • March 29, 3:30 p.m. - Application deadline

  • April 15 - Pre-K Selection Day

Note: MNPS accepts Pre-K applications throughout the school year. Visit an enrollment center at any point to begin the process.

Application Flyer: English | Spanish | Kurdish | Arabic | Nepali | Somali | Burmese


APPLYING FOR PRE-K: 2018-2019 school year

Families can still apply for the 2018-19 school year. Apply here.

If you’ve already applied, accept your seat here.

Pay Pre-K fees online here.


Preparing for Kindergarten

To help your child prepare for kindergarten, MNPS has partnered with Alignment Nashville and many other Metro Nashville community organizations to develop iTrails.org, a kindergarten readiness website.  iTRAILS is a FREE resource for families and educators that provides kindergarten readiness information and activities.