The Pre-Kindergarten Program of the Jackson Public School District serves students with the greatest socio-economic as well as academic need. The mission of the program is to provide quality early childhood experiences based on the knowledge of child development principles and the understanding of how four-year-olds grow and learn.
The program utilizes the "Curriculum for Fours" developed by the Mississippi Department of Education. It emphasizes developmentally-appropriate practices aiding in the development of the whole child. The supplemental curriculum provides a framework for teachers to plan learning experiences that draw upon the needs and interests of the children. It is designed around themes and topics supported through play and sensory learning. The document recognizes the significance of the early years and is designed to reduce the number of children who arrive at school with inadequate literacy-related knowledge.
Pre-Kindergarten invites parents and family members into the classroom and involves them in the learning process. For parents, pre-kindergarten offers them the chance to see their child in relation to others and to learn from certified teachers how children grow and develop.
Program Selection Process
The selection process includes an array of socio-economic factors: education level and age of parent(s), who the child lives with, number of children in the family, public assistance status, eligibility for free lunch, and a standardized academic measuring instrument — Early Growth Indicators Benchmark Assessment.
- The child must live in the school zone he/she will be attending.
- The child must be four years of age on or before September 1st of the year the application is submitted.
- The child must be potty trained.
Pre-registration begins March 1 and ends April 30 at all pre-K sites. Call the school in your zone to make an appointment. For school telephone numbers, click on the name of your school in the column on the right.
Ella Holmes, Pre-K Coordinator
101 Near Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39203
Phone: 601-960-8315 or 601-960-4002
The Pre-K Program is supported mainly through federal Title I funds.