Early Start

Early Start Pre-Screening Applications Now Available

The Early Start program is for children who turn 4 years old by September 30, 2019 and who need an extra year to prepare for success in kindergarten. Children must be Suffolk residents.

Pre-screening applications for the upcoming school year -- 2019-2020 -- is now available.

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.

Eligibility criteria includes but not limited to these factors:  Family income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (or below 350% for students with special needs or disabilities), family homelessness, parents/guardians lack high school diploma, and/or language and development assessment of child.

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


For questions regarding this program, contact Tomika Doleman at (757) 925-6760.

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