Enrollment into VPK

The Voluntary Pre-K initiative provides Tennessee's four-year-old children—with an emphasis on four year olds who are at-risk—an opportunity to develop school readiness skills (pre-academic and social skills).

Voluntary Pre-K classes promote a high-quality academic environment, which fosters the love and joy of learning and promotes success in kindergarten and throughout the child's life.

Enrollment Priority Requirements

1st Priority (Tier 1) - Pursuant to state law 49-6-101: students identified as economically disadvantaged. This identification is based on income levels set each year by the Department of Health and Human Services. and used during the application process to determine income eligibility for enrollment. Check with your local school district for application to determine child’s eligibility.

2nd Priority (Tier 2) - Students with disabilities, students identified as English Language Learners (ELL), in state custody, or those identified as educationally at-risk for failure due to circumstances of abuse or neglect.

3rd Priority (Tier 3) - If space for enrollment remains after identifying children who meet Tier 1 or 2, the LEA may enroll any child that meets the age requirement and the requirements set forth by the Community Pre-K Advisory Council (C-PAC). These students are considered unserved or underserved and may be enrolled by the process established by the C-PAC.


1. The Grantee shall enroll students residing in the geographic area served by the LEA who are four (4) years of age on or before August 15 for the current school year and who are at risk. For purposes of this program, at risk shall be defined as follows:

(a) Children who qualify as economically disadvantaged per the Income Eligibility application and income guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; or

(b) Are dependent children, as defined by T.C.A. § 49-6-101(f)(1)(A) whose parent was killed, died as a direct result of injuries received as a result of war, or is or has been officially reported as a prisoner of war or missing in action.

2. If space is available, the Grantee may enroll additional students residing in the geographic area served by the LEA in accordance with the following priorities:

(a) Students with disabilities, students identified as English Learners (EL), in state custody, or those identified as educationally at-risk pursuant to 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et sec. and who are four (4) years of age on or before August 15 for the current school year;

(b) Students who have been in the Tennessee Early Intervention Program (TEIS) or Even Start program and who are four (4) years of age on or before August 15 for the current school year;

(c) Students who meet the requirements set forth by the Community Pre-K Advisory Students who meet the requirements set forth by the Community Pre-K Advisory Council (C-PAC) and approved by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) and

who are four (4) years of age on or before August 15 for the current school year by the process established by the C-PAC1. These students are considered unserved or underserved and may be enrolled by the process established by the C-PAC;

3. Enrollment in the VPK program shall be voluntary.