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I applied for the pre-kindergarten program at my neighborhood school, but my child wasn't chosen in the lottery. Now what am I supposed to do with my child?
You can enroll your child in a neighboring school if there is an available slot at that school

To find the schools in your area, call the Miami-Dade County Public School's Map Room (305) 883-5651.

If no school in your area has open slots for pre-kindergarten, contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency for subsidized child care.

If you live in Hialeah, Opa-Locka or north of NW 151st St. call Family Central at (305) 908-7300 or if you live south of NW 151st St. call Miami-Dade Child Development Services at (305) 373-3521.

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I pay taxes, why do I have to pay for pre-kindergarten in a public school?
While pre-kindergarten may be offered in a public school, it is not paid for through tax dollars, but rather financed through lottery dollars and minimal parent fees based on family income.

Community Education Pre-kindergarten is primarily paid through parent fees.

Title I Pre-K is paid with federal tax dollars; parents do not pay a fee.

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I went to my school to apply for the pre-kindergarten program and the lady told me that I have to be on welfare for my child to go to pre-kindergarten. Does this mean I have to be poor for my child to get a good education? This is not fair.
Some pre-kindergarten programs require that the family demonstrate economic need by qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch.

One programs requires a parent to work or participate in the Work and Gain Economic Sufficiency (WAGES) program.

Parents in some programs must pay a small fee based on family income.

To determine if you qualify for these programs, complete the pre-kindergarten and/or free lunch application.

Other programs do not have any economic criteria. In these the parent pays the full cost of the program.

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My 4 year old graduated from pre-K in a private school. Can my child be allowed to continue to the next grade level in public school? I don't want my child to repeat pre-K again.

Florida Law says the entry age for kindergarten is 5 years old on or before Sept. 1.

If your child meets that requirement, he/she can enter kindergarten in public school.

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My child will be 5 on Sept. 5 and completed pre-K in the public school system in New York. She was promoted to kindergarten but she has not attended because we moved. Will my child be able to attend kindergarten here?
Florida Law says the entry age for kindergarten is 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Your child must meet that requirement to enter kindergarten in the public school here.

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My daughter is 3 years old and very smart. Is there a test to give her so that she can enter pre-kindergarten early?
No test can be given for your daughter to enter school before she meets the age requirement.

All children who enter pre-kindergarten must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the school year in which the child is scheduled to enroll.

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The school in my neighborhood does not have a pre-kindergarten program. Where can I enroll my child for pre-K?
Enroll your child in a neighboring school if there is an available slot there.

To find the schools in your area, call the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Map Room at (305) 883-5651.

If no school in your area has open slots for pre-kindergarten, call your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency for subsidized child care.

If you live in Hialeah, Opa-Locka or north of NW 151st St. call Family Central at (305) 908-7300 or if you live south of NW 151st St. call Miami-Dade Child Development Services at (305) 373-3521.

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What must my child do to get into pre-K?
The requirements depend on the program.

For all programs, the child must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the school year in which the child intends to enroll.

In most programs, the child must live in the neighborhood of the school.

Other programs require that the child meet economic need.

Call your neighborhood school to get specific requirements.

To find the school in your area, call the Miami-Dade County Public Schools' Map Room at (305) 883-5651.

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When does registration for pre-kindergarten begin?
Applications are available at each school with a pre-K program and generally accepted March through May.

Most schools make their selections by the end of May, and parents are notified no later than the first week of June.

You can register your child in school as soon as you have been notified

Check with your neighborhood school to get specific registration information.

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Why doesn't every school have a pre-K program?
Pre-K is not available for every 4 year old in the same way that kindergarten is available to every 5 year old because there is not enough funding for each school to have a program.

Even if there were enough funding for each school to have pre-kindergarten, some schools now do not have the classroom space for pre-kindergarten.

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