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The Carter County Pre-K Early Childhood Program is designed for children turning four
by August 15 th . Children must also meet income guidelines for at-risk children as set
forth by the TN Department of Education. The goal of the program is to provide
preschool age children with a learning environment which will help them develop
socially, intellectually, physical, and emotionally in an age appropriate manner. Centers
are located at Unaka Elementary, Valley Forge Elementary and Little Milligan
Daily activities in the preschool classroom emphasize the development of age
appropriate skills, including socialization, problem solving, listening and speaking and
kindergarten readiness. Students are provided with positive, developmentally
appropriate hands on learning experiences.
Parents interested in enrolling their child in the Carter County Voluntary Preschool
Program for the 2020-2021 school year can now begin the process online. Parents
applying online will be contacted by the VPK Director regarding required documentation.
To be eligible, a child must be 4 years old by August 15, 2019 and meet income
eligibility guidelines as set forth by the TN Department of Education. Required
documentation includes the following:
1. Birth certificate,
2. Social security card,
3. TN permanent record of immunizations
4. Proof of annual income.

All applicants, including on-line registrants, will need to attend pre-registration to
participate in health screenings and submit required documentation.
For questions, please contact Dr. Carol Whaley, VPK Director