Applications Open: Early Start Screening and Integrated Preschool Screening

March 8, 2018

The Early Start Program is an “At-Risk” program for children who turn 4 years old by September 30, 2018 that need an extra year to prepare for success in kindergarten. Prescreening applications are available on the Suffolk Public Schools website and in each elementary school.

Screenings for both child and parent will take place in June. This screening will allow school officials to select children according to their needs. Appointment cards will be mailed to the home address. For questions regarding this program, contact Tomika Doleman at 925-6760.

Eligibility criteria includes but not limited to:

  • Income – Family income at or below 200% of the poverty level
  • Homelessness
  • Education – Parents or guardians are school dropouts
  • Family income is less than 350% of federal poverty guidelines in the case of students with special needs or disabilities
  • Language and Development Assessment of child


Submitting this form does NOT guarantee acceptance into the program.  


  • Child must be Suffolk resident
  • Child must be 4 years of age by Sept. 30, 2018

You will receive an appointment date to have your child screened for the Early Start program.

Acceptance letters will be mailed the week of August 3, 2018.

NOTE:  Because Early Start classes are not located in each elementary school, school placement will be determined based on Early Start zoning. Students are not guaranteed placement in the home-zoned school.  Transportation is provided.


Role Models Sought for Preschool Program


For the 2018-19 school year, Suffolk Public Schools is currently looking for parents of children without delays who are interested in exploring the opportunities provided to all children in this classroom following the elementary school schedule at no cost to the parent, with transportation being provided via school bus.

Suffolk Public Schools operates classrooms for children who are developmentally delayed (delays in cognitive, motor, communication or perceptual skills), ages 3 to 5. The integrated/role model program at Driver, Kilby Shores, Booker T. Washington, Oakland and Northern Shores elementary schools offers the opportunity for children without developmental delays or disabilities to join the preschool classroom daily to develop friendships and learn together through play.

To be considered for enrollment/interview, students must reside in the city of Suffolk and be 3 years old by September 4, 2018. Please be aware that spaces for this program are limited for each preschool site.

Please use this link — Integrated/Role Model Preschool Program 2018 — to be directed to our online application.  Applications for consideration must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018.  Those who are selected for an interview will be contacted by telephone.  Those who do not make it to the interview process will receive a letter by email or mail.

Questions may be directed to Jennifer Worrell, Preschool Educational Diagnostician for the Early Childhood Resource Center, at 925-6767.