• Voluntary Pre-K Applications

    We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Please click on the Apply for Voluntary Pre-K tab for our application and important information regarding VPK.

    For information regarding Voluntary Pre K Round-Up dates, please check your school's website or see the information below.

    If you would like to send an application electronically, you may fax it to 865-594-9579 or email the application directly to teresa.parsons@knoxschools.org.




    Voluntary Pre-K Procedures

    Here is what you may look forward to when school starts:

    1. Our preschool students will participate in "staggered day" attendance for the first two weeks of school.  This means that your child will attend one day during the first week of school (beginning August 9) and one day during the second week (beginning August 16). Parents may accompany their child to the classroom on the first "staggered day".  
    2. The first full day of preschool will be August 23. Our daily schedule typically lasts from 7:45 until 1:15 but this may vary by individual school.  Your child's teacher will be in contact with you prior to the beginning of school regarding start times and the staggered day schedule.
    3. We will take students' temperatures when they arrive at school. Our staff will use a touchless forehead thermometer. Hand sanitizer and places to wash hands will be available throughout the day.
    4. Students will need to wear masks. Please practice this with your child prior to school starting.
    5. Have your child practice washing his/her hands.
    6. Please talk to your child about the process so they are prepared.
    7. There is not a virtual school option for preschool children.
    8. Preschoolers will not receive a chromebook.
    9. MOST IMPORTANTLY...We are committed to providing your child with a safe, high quality first experience at school. We want to partner with you to ensure that your child has a successful learning opportunity. 

    Do not hesitate to reach out contact beth.lackey@knoxschools.org if you have any questions.

    Registration Information

    For the final registration process, please make sure that you have a copy of your child's birth certificate, your child's social security number, and current immunizations.

    Apply Electronically

    If you would like to send an application electronically, you may fax it to 865-594-9579 or email the application directly to teresa.parsons@knoxschools.org.

    Apply by Mail

    If you are interested in your child attending our Voluntary Pre-K program you may download the application on the "Apply for Voluntary Pre-K" page and return it and the required documents to our office.

    Knox County Schools
    Attn: VPK Office/Teresa Parsons
    12th Floor
    912 South Gay Street
    Knoxville, TN 37902

    Thanks for your patience in this process.  Feel free to call our office at 865-594-1529 or email beth.lackey@knoxschools.org regarding any questions you may have.

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

  • Our Mission

    Knox County Schools believes children begin learning before they begin Kindergarten.  Our mission is to prepare children and their families to be kindergarten ready.  Early years are learning years.

    Our Vision

    Preparing children for the future involves meeting the child at their developmental level and moving them forward though active learning experiences. Teaching the whole child includes areas of self-awareness, social and emotional development, self-help and independence, physical development, creative arts, as well as language, literacy, science and mathematics.
    Working with families is vital to student success. Parents and families are important teachers for their children and key partners with school staff as together we envision a successful school career.

    Curriculum standards (Connect 4 Learning) and state standards (Tennessee Early Learning and Developmental Standards) align with Kindergarten Common Core Standards.

Eligibility for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

  • Children must be four years of age on or before August 15th of the current year. Students will be chosen based on a weighted application. The focus is to enroll students in the underserved population, which includes children identified as ‘at-risk’. At-risk factors include family income, family structure, and special family situations. (These areas are determined to meet the State Department of Education guidelines.)

    Typical at-risk factors include custody other than parent, single parent, foster care, homeless, below free and reduced lunch, above Head Start guidelines, no previous group experience, subsidized housing, special education services, limited English (ELL), divorce, deaths, criminal history, health problems, mental illness, teen parent, and family member incarcerated among other considerations. Each factor contributing to the at-risk nature of the student is considered.

Voluntary Pre-K Staff

  • Beth lackey

    Beth Lackey

    Early Childhood Education Supervisor
    Andrew Johnson Building 
    12th Floor
    (865) 594-1529 Office
    (865) 594-9579 Fax 
    Teresa Parsons

    Teresa Parsons

    Administrative Assistant
    Andrew Johnson Building 
    12th Floor
    (865) 594-1529 Office
    (865) 594-9579 Fax