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PreK Registration Information
Related Documents:
Pre-K Application
Pre-K Flyer

Hamblen County PreK Registration


Hamblen County Schools provides an exciting program of preschool education for four-year old students. Educators have long realized the importance of high quality preschool educational programs in helping children enter school ready to learn and optimize their full potential. The benefits of early childhood education impact the brain’s performance throughout life. Hamblen County Pre-K is a full day program staffed with certified teachers who are experienced in early childhood education.

Preschool classes are now available at Manley, Russellville, Lincoln, West Elementary, and Witt. The program is designed to serve children who will be four years of age on or before August 15, 2018. Enrollment is limited. Hamblen County has 7 Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) classes. These are located at Lincoln Heights, Manley, Russellville, West Elementary, and Witt Elementary Schools. Students who attend VPK classes must meet state economic guidelines or have had a military parent killed in action, declared missing in action, or declared a prisoner of war. There is also one tuition class at Russellville and one tuition class at Manley for students who don’t qualify under economic guidelines for VPK, but want to attend Pre-K. Lincoln Elementary and West Elementary give first priority to students who live in their school zone and who meet the VPK guidelines. Programs at the other three schools serve students from all school zones in the county. In addition to the full-day program, parents and guardians will have the option of enrolling students in the ESP program for after school care at some of the school sites.


Registration will occur on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, from 8:15 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the school sites. Enrollment slots will be filled on a first-come, first-qualified basis. In order to register your student, the child’s parent or guardian will need to bring the following items:

  • The child’s birth certificate
  • Child’s Social Security card
  • Child’s up-to-date immunization record
  • Photo identification for the parent or guardian
  • Two proofs of residence in Hamblen County (Utility bill, rent receipt, tax bill, or proof of official mailing address)

If we are closed for inclement weather, registration will take place the next day school is in session and will begin the same time school begins.


Preference for VPK will be given to children who cannot be served by Head Start, but meet the Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines. In addition to these items, parents or guardians who are applying for VPK will be required to provide or complete the following:

·       Last year’s federal tax returns, if filed, or statement from employer of this year’s projected income.

·       Complete an income eligibility form (This application requires that you report all household income.)


The program is based on firm educational research and best practice models. If you have further questions about the program or registration, please contact the principal of the school where you would like for your child to attend the preschool program or call Gail Rice or Kim Fox at 423-586-7700.


Download the PreK application or you can pick upn an application from any elementary school after Feb. 5th. You will bring those with you to registration, or you’ll be able to fill them out at registration.