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    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.
    Early Childhood Program Locations
    To find a full list of Early Childhood Program Locations, visit Discover PPS.

      Early Childhood Program Enrollment
    Interested in enrolling your child in the Early Childhood Program (designed for children ages 3-5).

    PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS LINK TO APPLY FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR.  For more information about this program, please call the Early Childhood Main Office at (412) 529-4291 (Option 2).

    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. Find out more details here.

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  • Why PPS? 

    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


    The Early Childhood lottery window for preschool applications is closed but we continue to accept general enrollment applications year-round on a rolling basis where space is available.  Please click on the 2021-22 Enrollment Application link above to access the online application. The Early Childhood lottery application for the 2022-23 school year will open February 15, 2022.