The first step to register is to complete the application for early childhood care and education at www.stpsb.org/prek. All families seeking free or paid tuition spots must complete the early childhood care application.
After completing the application, a Pre K staff member will notify families of their eligibility determination and will provide information for the next steps in the process.
Families who have completed the application and income eligibility has been determined may complete the registration process through the online registration portal or register in person July 28-29 from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the school the child will attend.
To qualify for free Pre K, a child must be 4 years old on or before September 30, 2020, live within the attendance boundary of the school and meet income requirements.
Paid tuition spots may be available for those who do not meet the income requirements if all seats are not filled. All families seeking tuition spots must apply online.
How to Sign Up for Pre K
Step 1: Apply Online
Complete the online application at sttammanyecnetwork.stpsb.org. All applicants, including those who are seeking paid tuition Pre K spots, must complete this application.
Step 2: Verification Visit
After applying online, a Pre K staff member will notify families of their eligibility determination and will provide information for the next steps in the process. If additional income documentation is needed, families will be instructed on how and when to provide those documents.
One of the following documents may be requested to determine income eligibility for free Pre K or to determine the cost of tuition spots:
- Food Stamp Eligibility letter (SNAP), noting case certification period
and the child’s name
- Two consecutive check stubs within two months of completing income verification for each working adult supporting the family. Eligibility is based on total gross household income
- Monetary Determination Letter from the Workforce Commission of LA, if unemployed
- Current foster care placement agreement from DCFS
All income documents must be in the legal guardian’s name.
Families do not have to provide these documents until instructed to do so.
For assistance with the verification documents or to get more information about the verification process, please contact the Early Childhood Office at 985-898-3306 for assistance.
Step 3: Register Online or in Person
For those who have received verification of income eligibility from the Pre K Office, registration will take place online or at the school the child will attend July 28-29 from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Registration online or in-person at the school cannot take place until all of the requirements are met.
To register with the school, the following documents will need to be uploaded if families register online or hard copies provided if families register in person.
- Certified Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- 3 proofs of residency (examples: current utility bills, signed real estate lease, etc.)
- Shot Records
If you have questions concerning registration, including residency documents, please contact the Covington Attendance Office at 985-898-3370 or the Slidell Attendance Office at 985-646-4917 for assistance.
Paid Tuition Placement
The Pre K program first serves students from at-risk families who meet income requirements. If all seats are not filled, paid tuition Pre K spots may be offered to families who do not meet the income requirements. All families seeking paid tuition Pre K spots must apply online to be added to a wait list. Those on the wait list will be notified of availability before school begins.
Registration Frequently Asked Questions
To qualify for free regular education Pre K, a child must be four years old by September 30th, meet income requirements and live in the attendance area served by the school. Paid tuition spots may be available for those who do not meet the income requirements if all seats are not filled. Those seeking free Pre K spots must provide income documents to determine their eligibility. If you have questions concerning registration, including residency documents, please contact the Covington Attendance Office at 985-898-3370 or the Slidell Attendance Office at 985-646-4917 for assistance.
For more information about the St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Pre K Program, contact the Early Childhood Office at 985-898-3306.