Qualifying for Pre-K
Please understand that the information on this page is provided to give you a general idea about whether or not your child may qualify for free or reduced fee programming. This information is not intended to give you a definitive answer and actual qualification for programming must be determined by a trained staff member.
This information is intended to give you an estimated idea.
Qualification for programming does not guarantee enrollment in a program. All applicants must be prioritized and enrolled in a specific order mandated by grant requirements.
Children must be 3 years old on or before September 1 in order to qualify for the 3-year-old program.
Children must be 4 years old on or before September 1 in order to qualify for the 4-year-old program.
Qualification for programming is determined by income and various other non-income factors. If the child is in foster care, has an IEP, or the family is homeless, the child may qualify for programming. Various other risk factors also help prioritize applicants.Aside from age, income is a primary qualifying factor. Use the charts below to determine if your child may qualify for programming based on income alone. Annual income takes into account all sources of income prior to tax withholdings.
3-Year-Old Program Household size
up to $16,020
up to $20,160
up to $24,300
up to $28,440
up to $32,580
up to $36,730
up to $40,890
4-Year-Old Program Household size
up to $40,050
up to $50,400
up to $60,750
up to $71,100
up to $81,450
up to $91,825
up to $102,225*These figures are based on the 2016 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services poverty guidelines.The income cap for reduced fee programming through KC Ready 4s is $90,000 regardless of family size.
Most programs are permitted to accept a small percentage of children from over-income families; however, enrollment of children from over-income families must occur after all attempts have been made to enroll income-eligible children. If a site is able to fill all seats with income eligible children, unfortunately, they may not enroll any children from over-income families. In most cases, over-income families do not qualify for free programming, but may be enrolled on a sliding fee tuition scale at an extremely reduced tuition rate.