The first five years of life are a time of incredible growth and development. Children who participate in a
quality early childhood education program tend to:
Be better prepared for success in school
Develop better reading and language skills
Score higher on school-readiness tests
MNPS Pre-k program
Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) offers various pre-k program options across Davidson County
that provide a welcoming and engaging environment for pre-k students and families.
Head start program
The federal Head Start program has provides low-income 3-and 4-old children and their families with
comprehensive early education and support services. All Head Start programs focus on the “whole child”
and include: early education that addresses cognitive, developmental, and socio-emotional needs;
medical and dental screenings, referrals and treatment; nutritional services; parental involvement
activities; referrals to social service providers for the entire family; and referrals for mental health
services, as needed.
Voluntary pre-k program
Tennessee’s Voluntary Pre-K Program is a state-funded educational program designed to prepare
children for success in kindergarten. Pre-K classes are available in every eligible Tennessee school
district. The program is specifically for 4-year- olds, with first priority given to those at risk for entering
school ready to learn. Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) serves Davidson County.