Preschool Information

Realizing the importance of early childhood education, Kokomo Schools provides children with the opportunity to become immersed in a world of inquiry, exploration, and discovery through its six school-based Community preschools at the Kokomo School Corporation elementary schools. Research supports early childhood education and emphasizes the importance of introducing young children to a literacy-rich environment in language arts and math. The development of social skills and collaborative problem-solving help young children learn how to work together in the classroom environment.

Kokomo’s preschool programs serve 3 and 4-year-old students in preparation for full-day kindergarten. Children entering the community preschool program must be 3 and/or 4 by August 1, 2022. Half-day community preschool programs at Bon Air, Boulevard, Lafayette Park, Pettit Park, and Sycamore are open to 3 and 4-year-olds, while full-day preschool programs at Boulevard, Elwood Haynes, and Lafayette Park are available to 4-year-olds only.

Families who are interested in a preschool program should check first with Head Start Preschool at Darrough Chapel to see if your family qualifies for the Head Start full-day preschool program, and its full-service programming, which includes Transportation and meals.

Kokomo School Corporation Head Start Full-day Preschool Program
at Darrough Chapel Early Learning Center

The Head Start program at the Darrough Chapel Early Learning Center provides a full-day preschool for Head Start eligible 3 and 4-year-old children from Howard, Tipton, and Miami counties. All preschool teachers are state-certified and provide kindergarten readiness preparation based on a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Educational objectives focus on age appropriate academic and physical skill development as well as health, nutrition, social/emotional support, and medial needs. The full-service program includes Transportation. The local Head Start program is a State-licensed Early Childhood Center, and has earned Level 4 (highest rating) in Paths to Quality. To learn more, contact Mrs. Kelly Wright, Director; Email: [email protected]; Phone (765) 454-7082

Outdoor Learning Preschool Program [Early Childhood Outdoor Learning (PreK-2nd)]
t Boulevard STEM Elementary School

                Kokomo School Corporation offers a full-day Outdoor Learning Preschool Program for 4-year-olds only at Boulevard STEM Elementary School. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2022, to qualify for the Outdoor Preschool. This Outdoor Learning option, which is available to students in preschool through 2nd grade, allows students the opportunity to take, and use, the learned classroom materials in different environmental settings, such as a meadow, burrows, woods, pond, and cabins. Outdoor Learning students spend up to two hours daily in sun, rain, or snow. Parents must provide transportation for the Outdoor Learning preschool program. Families must apply for the Outdoor Learning Preschool Program by using a Choice Application.

School-Based Community Preschools

at Bon Air Elementary
2800 N Apperson Way
Only Half-day (AM&PM)
For 3&4 year olds

at Boulevard Elementary
1901 W Boulevard
Half-day (AM&PM)
for 3&4 year olds
& Full-day for 4 year olds

at Elwood Haynes Elementary
910 S. Cooper St.
Only Full-day for 4 year olds

at Lafayette Park Elementary
919 N Korby St.
Half-day (AM&PM) for 3&4 year olds & Full-day for 4 year olds &
Developmental Preschool

at Pettit Park Elementary
901 W. Havens
Only Half-day (AM&PM)
for 3&4 year olds

at Sycamore Elementary
1600 E Sycamore St.
Only Half-day (AM&PM)
for 3&4 year olds

                Elementary school-based community preschool opportunities are available for Kokomo area children, who must be 3 and/or 4 by August 1, 2022. Half-day (AM&PM) community preschool programs at Bon Air, Boulevard, Lafayette Park, Pettit Park, and Sycamore are open to 3 and 4 year olds. Full-day community preschool programs are available to 4 year olds only at Boulevard, Elwood Hayes, and Lafayette Park.

                Half-day programs are funded through Title 1 for children residing in the Kokomo Schools attendance area. The full-day community preschool programs can be funded through “On My Way Pre-K” and/or parent co-pay. Children living outside the Kokomo Schools attendance area are welcome to attend these preschool programs when space is available through a monthly tuition fee or through “On My Way Pre-K.”

2022-2023 Preschool Application Information

Preschool Parents/Guardians:

                If you wish for your 3 or 4-year-old child/children to attend a Kokomo School Corporation community preschool program, please complete a 2022-2023 Preschool Application online. This preschool application form can be found at under District Announcements.

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