Voluntary Pre-K

CMCSS began accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year on April 4. 

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System offers Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten classes on an application basis as established by the Tennessee Department of Education.

To read about the 2022-2023 application process visit this page.

Voluntary Pre-K classes promote a high-quality academic environment, which fosters the love and joy of learning and promotes success in kindergarten and throughout the child’s life. 

Peer Mentor Program

Our peer model program is for peer to attend one of our special education PreK classrooms to serve as peer models for our students receiving special education services. Both programs use the same curriculum, the teachers and EA’s train together, they both have the same scope and sequence, amongst other things.

Parents and guardians who are interested in their child participating in the Peer Model Program, please follow these steps:

  • Please fill out the information from this link – Peer Model Application
  • To be considered as a Peer Model, the child(ren) can’t be receiving any type of therapy (ST, OT, PT, etc.) or have an active IEP.
  • Once we receive this information, we will be in contact to schedule a screener
  • Students must be four-years-old by or on August 15, 2022
  • Please contact Melinda Smith – Pre-K Coordinator, [email protected] for more information.

Application Requirements

Students must be 4 years old on or before August 15, 2021 to be enrolled in Pre-K for the 2021-22 school year. Families will be asked to provide documentation to determine if they meet the income requirements set by the state. Pre-K classes will be ­filled using the guidelines set forth by the State of Tennessee for Voluntary Pre-K:

1) The Grantee shall enroll children residing in the geographic area served by the Grantee who are four (4) years of age on or before August 15 for the current school year and who are at risk. For purposes of this program, at risk shall be defined as follows:

a) Children who qualify as economically disadvantaged per the Income Eligibility application and income guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, regardless of the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) status; or

b) Are dependent children, as defined by T.C.A. § 49-6-101(f)(1)(A) whose parent was killed, died as a direct result of injuries received as a result of war, or is or has been officially reported as a prisoner of war or missing in action.

2) Subject to availability of space and resources after exhausting all efforts to enroll at risk four (4) year-olds (as defined by A.1. Student Eligibility), the Grantee may enroll additional students who don’t meet the income eligibility requirements but are residing in the geographic area served by the Grantee in accordance with the following priorities and in accordance with guidelines set by the TDOE:

a) Children who are four (4) years of age on or before August 15 for the current school year with disabilities, students identified as English Learners (EL), in state custody, or who are screened and identified as educationally at-risk, determined pursuant to 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et sec.;

b) Children who are four (4) years of age on or before August 15 for the current school year who have been in the Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) or Even Start program;

3) Enrollment in the VPK program shall be voluntary.

To review the 2021 US Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines, click here.

Application Directions

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will begin on April 4, 2022.

To apply:

1) Visit https://parents.cmcss.net/

2) Enter your child’s information, select “Next year, Starting August 2022” next to “For which school year are you enrolling your student?” and click Continue.

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3) On the next screen, select “PK3” or “PK4” next to “In what grade will your student be when they start their CMCSS school?” and click Continue.

4) Please complete the Pre-K Questionnaire on the next screen and click Continue.

5) After completing the Pre-K Questionnaire, please follow the prompts to complete the rest of the application information.

6) After you have completed all sections of the application, a member of the Pre-K team will contact you to schedule a Zoom meeting during one of the application dates/times below. Please check your spam folder during this time. Additionally, before the scheduled Zoom meeting, please have a copy of your child’s birth certificate and your household’s proof of income available. The following are acceptable proofs of income:

  • a month’s worth of pay-stubs (TN requires gross income, therefore pay-stub must show gross income)
  • if military, most recent LES (TN requires both BAH & Base pay to be added)
  • recent food stamp letter (must show eligibility dates, case# & parent’s name)
  • SS award letter
  • 2020 Income Tax (form 1040 or W2)
  • unemployment benefits
  • disability benefits


If you have questions, please contact Melinda Smith, Pre-K Coordinator, at 931-648-5653 or [email protected]