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Pre-K 3 lottery and registration

Pre-K 3 applications for 2024-25 will be available in spring 2024.

Our pre-K 3 programs are offered in community locations throughout the city. A child must be 3 by Dec. 1 of the enrolling school year to qualify for a pre-K 3 program. 

Please note that pre-K 3 registration is a two part process.

Step 1: Apply for a seat

You can apply at any time, however, we encourage families to apply through the pre-k 3 lottery held each year. Applications recieved outside the annual lottery window will be processed based on availability. Once you have completed an application, the district will send an official notification by mail and email to the addresses you provided. You will receive one of three letters: an acceptance letter, a waiting-list letter or a waiting-pool letter.

Prefer a hard copy? You can download a print application here.

Step 2: Accept an awarded seat and register

If you are awarded a seat and receive an acceptance notification, you must then register your child to officially accept the seat you have been offered. 

Please note that for community-based programs, you will also need to complete registration paperwork for the organization running the program.

Program locations

Our pre-K 3 program is offered by community providers at the locations listed below. These locations also offer our pre-K 4 program. Please note that transportation is not provided for any pre-K  program.

Additional information

Have questions?

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Melissa Hasty

Director, Office of Early Childhood

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Clare Dollard

Administrative Assistant

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Kahla Rainstrom

Administrative Assistant