Early Childhood Program
Welcome to the Early Childhood Education Program Enrollment Page
The Pittsburgh Public Schools Early Childhood Education Department provides children, birth to five, with a comprehensive program designed to reinforce and respond to the unique strengths and needs of each individual child and family. The fee for the Early Childhood Program is $6,500.00 per academic year. Depending on your family income you may qualify for a Head Start or State funded scholarship. In most cases, these scholarships cover all of the costs.
You can find a full list of Early Childhood Program locations on Discover PPS.
To enroll a child who is between 3-5 years old, please complete the online Early Childhood application by clicking the link below. During the lottery window, all children applying must be 3 years old by September 30.
If you are applying after the lottery window and/or your child turns 3 years old after September 30, you can still apply. However, your child may be placed on the waitlist until a space becomes available.
If your child turns 5 years old on or before September 30, you will need to apply for Kindergarten at your neighborhood school based on your home address. Kindergarten applications are NOT available online.
For more information about the Preschool Program, please call the Early Childhood Main Office at (412) 529-4291 (select Option 2).
If you would like to enroll your child in the Early Head Start Program for children under 3 years of age, please contact the Early Head Start Coordinator, Sherlyn Harrison, at 412-529-8021.
Please click on the link below to access the online applications for the Early Childhood Program (Ages 3-5).
The 2020-2021 application has rolling enrollment and children will continue to be placed throughout the school year as space is available and all requirements are met.
Pittsburgh Public Schools has a long-standing history of implementing successful and effective early childhood programs in the City of Pittsburgh that fosters the educational, nutritional, social-emotional, health/mental health, and physical development and well-being of all children, including those with special needs.
Early Childhood Lottery Information
Please click on the 2021-22 Enrollment Application link above to access the online application.
Lottery applications will be accepted from 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021 through 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021 for the 2021-22 School Year. Any applications received after March 26, 2021 will automatically be placed on the waiting list after the last name drawn from the lottery.
The lottery will be held on April 15, 2021. Families will be notified of their child’s acceptance into the Program by e-mail no later than May 7, 2021.
Note: Twins or other multiple births are treated as one when considered for the lottery. If one child is accepted, the other is accepted as well.
Children not accepted in the lottery will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted by the Early Childhood Program as space becomes available.
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