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  • 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.  
     

    If you have additional questions about the Preschool Program for children ages 3 and 4, please call the Early Childhood Main Office at (412) 529-4291 (select Option 2) or review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

     

    If you've applied for space in one of our Pre-K classrooms and received a wait list notification, please click the link below to see additional options for enrolling your child at a childcare partner agency site. 

     

    At this time, all of our Family Options slots (Tuition-Based* Program) are full. *Tuition-Based is defined as a family whose household income is at 300% or more of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. You may still apply, but your application will be placed on the wait list.  We collaborate with several childcare partner agencies in the City that may be able to provide services.

     

    List of Childcare Partner Agencies

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  • IF YOUR CHILD IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED, YOU DO NOT NEED TO RE-APPLY YEARLY

     

     

    Enrollment Information

     

    • To enroll a child who is 3 or 4 years of age, please complete the online Early Childhood application by clicking the link above. 

     

    • If you are applying after the Early Childhood lottery period (February through March) and/or your child turns 3 years old after September 30, you can still apply as we continue to accept applications on a rolling basis as space is available. If no space is available, your child will be placed on the waitlist.

     

     

    • If you have additional questions about the Preschool Program for children ages 3 and 4, please call the Early Childhood Main Office at (412) 529-4291 (select Option 2) or review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

     

    • To enroll your child in the Early Head Start Program for children under 3 years of age, please call (412) 529-4291 (select Option 3).

     

    • A complete list of Early Childhood Program locations is available at Discover PPS

     

     

  • Please call the Early Childhood Main Office at (412) 529-4291 (select Option 2) For more information about the Preschool Program