The Pre-Kindergarten Program is for students who qualify as low income as determined by federal government guidelines. However, we invite ALL parents who are interested in a structured Pre-K experience for their child to sign up! Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school. The program hours are from 7:45 AM - 1:45 PM, Monday through Friday. These classes follow the regular school calendar, and there is an attendance requirement. You will be contacted on the status of your child’s enrollment in the Pre-K program after your child has been screened. Parents will have to verify proof of income. We will continue to accept applications at the Bedford County Board of Education Central Office building throughout the school year. Once all the openings are filled, your child’s name will go on a waiting list.

For the importance of Pre-K, please click here. 



See below frequently asked questions and answers for Pre-K registration. If you don't see your question here, call the Board of Education at 931-684-3284. 


The Voluntary Pre-K initiative provides Tennessee's three (3) and four (4) year-old children - with an emphasis on four-year-olds who are at-risk—an opportunity to develop school readiness skills (pre-academic and social skills).
Voluntary Pre-K classes promote a high-quality academic environment, which fosters the love and joy of learning and promotes success in kindergarten and throughout the child's life.

For more information on the Voluntary Pre-K program, please click here.
Enrollment in the Voluntary Pre-K program is based upon a child's eligibility as identified. The Pre-K application and income eligibility forms are available under the Files tab on this page.
On May 7th, 2024, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at Harris Middle School, we will host a Pre-K registration. You need to bring your child with you that day, and the teachers will conduct an assessment on your child. Also, in order to register your child that day, you must have HARD COPIES of the following documents (emails will NOT be accepted):
  • Certified Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Immunization
  • Proof of Physical
  • Proof of Income
    • Our program is based on income. If you work, or any other person in your household works, you must provide a HARD COPY of each of your last paystubs (paycheck stub, food stamp case number, families first, income tax return). 
For information on annual Pre-K registration, click here.
The student must be four (4) on or before August 15, 2024, to be eligible for Pre-K in the fall.
  • Learning Way Elementary School: 3 Pre-K classes
  • Eakin Elementary School: 3 Pre-K classes
  • Thomas Magnet School: 2 Pre-K classes (relocating to Cartwright Elementary School in Fall 2024.)
For Pre-K students, we do not have a zoning system. Instead, we place them at each school based on availability. If a student applying for Pre-K has a sibling attending a school that offers the Pre-K program, we will make every effort to accommodate them at the same school. However, due to limited availability, we may not be able to accommodate every student. 
Pre-K hours are Mon. - Fri, 7:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. You must provide transportation for your Pre-K student as Pre-K students are not allowed to ride the school bus and are not allowed to stay at the after-school program.
We encourage everyone to apply to our Pre-K program. We have 160 seats available, but we may not always have enough students who meet the income requirements to fill all the seats. In such cases, we may accept over-income students to fill the remaining seats. If we do receive enough applicants from students who meet the income requirements, the names of over-income students will be put on a waitlist.
In the event that some of our enrolled students move or leave the program during the school year, we will fill those vacancies with students on our waiting list. 
Your child’s name will be added to the waiting list. If a student who is accepted to the Pre-K program moves or leaves the program, we will take the next name on the waiting list.


Xavier Hamler


Administrative Assistant

Kim Joyce


Eakin Elementary Staff

Teacher:  Misty Byrom

Teacher:  Kirsten Reeves

Teacher:  Kelsey Sommers


Learning Way Elementary Staff

Teacher:  Cari Doss

Teacher:  Carolee Napper

Teacher:  Rachel Porter


Thomas Magnet Staff

Teacher:  Nikki Hasty

Teacher:  Delicia Hyatt


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