Ms. Thomason and First Class Pre-K students enjoy outdoor activities.
Ms. Thomason and First Class Pre-K students enjoy outdoor activities.

2017-2018 Preschool Programs

  • First Class Pre-K
  • Early Beginnings Preschool
  • HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters)



HIPPY - Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters

HIPPY is a parent involvement, school readiness program that helps parents prepare their three, four, and five year old children for success in school and beyond

HIPPY Application


For more information regarding HIPPY, contact:

Summer Williams, HIPPY Coordinator


First Class Pre-K 


The Madison City School System's philosophy of Early Childhood Education for four-year olds is based on the belief that a commitment to children in providing a developmentally appropriate education establishment on principles of child development and learning supported by research, will provide lasting benefits for children, families, and society.

The Pre-Kindergarten teachers use a scientific research based curriculum that is developmentally appropriate, and implemented with attention to the different needs, interests, abilities, learning styles, and developmental levels of the individual children. The curriculum guides experiences to promote student progress towards the specific benchmarks outlined in the eight domains of child development described in the OSR (Office of School Readiness) Performance Standards.


Why High Quality Pre-K?

Children who Participate in High-Quality Pre-K:

  • Demonstrate higher academic achievement
  • Are less likely to repeat a grade
  • Less likely to require special education classes
  • More likely to graduate from high school
  • More likely to enroll in college
  • Less likely to participate in criminal activity during their juvenile or adult years
  • Less likely to be victims of child maltreatment or neglect
  • As adults, are less likely to be unemployed
  • More likely to have higher earnings than similar students who do not participate in Pre-K
  • Less likely to depend on public assistance, become teenage parents, or endanger their health by smoking

First Class Pre-K Requirements:

  1. Programs shall operate at least 180 days each year and at least 6.5 hours a day.
  2. Each classroom shall meet DHR Child Care Licensing Standards.
  3. Each classroom shall have no more than 18 students with a 9:1 student to staff ratio. 


For more information regarding First Class Pre-K, contact:

Angie Bush, Assistant Principal


Early Beginnings Preschool

The Madison City Schools Early Beginnings Preschool program provides a developmentally appropriate, inclusive environment for students with and without disabilities. The program uses a research-based preschool curriculum to provide the basic framework for language rich skill-based instruction using age appropriate learning activities. Our goal is to provide a balanced variety of developmentally appropriate experiences designed to foster learning and social development for all children.

Students who exhibit at least a 25% delay in two or more developmental areas and have qualified for Special Education services may be placed in the Early Beginnings program at ages 3 or 4 as determined by their Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. The five developmental areas are Adaptive skills, Personal-Social skills, Communication skills, Motor skills and Cognitive skills. If you think your child may have a disability or a significant delay in one or more of these areas please contact the Special Education department at Central Office.

Students without disabilities who wish to participate in the Early Beginnings program must be 4 years of age on or before September 1 and must apply using the Pre-K/Preschool application. Students will be chosen at random during the application window. Remaining applicants and students turning in applications after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list and chosen at random as slots become available.


For more information regarding Early Beginnings Preschool, contact:


Dr. Maria Kilgore, Director of Special Education

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