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Charles Westerfield
Coordinator - CO


Kids First

 Applying for the Preschool Program:


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Welcome to Preschool!  We are so excited for you to join the Daviess County Public Preschool family for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. We welcome your application for preschool! All applications will be completed online at the link below. Please see the video above for details. If you do not have internet access, please call the school that you are applying for. 

We have exciting news to announce! The Daviess County Public Schools district recently conducted a survey of our parents/families and staff, and our community is overwhelmingly in favor of a five-day-a-week preschool learning experience for our youngest students.

Beginning the 2022-23 school year, DCPS will offer half-day preschool FIVE DAYS A WEEK at all 12 elementary schools. Every other Friday (approximately twice a month) will be reserved for screenings, outreach and staff development, but otherwise we will provide five-day-a-week morning and afternoon preschool services for our littlest learners. See the preschool calendar for more information about what this schedule looks like.

This decision was made in response to the choice of either reducing the number of days preschool students would be able to attend school because of transportation staffing shortages, compared to providing more time than ever before. Considering those options, we determined that the five-day program would provide the best possible learning opportunities for our children.

Morning Session information - Morning sessions are from 7:40 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with a meal provided. Parents/guardians may take the child to school between 7:00 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. DCPS will take children home or to a designated caregiver location on established transportation routes following dismissal at 11 a.m. (or parents may pick children up at school at 11 a.m.).

Afternoon Session information - Afternoon sessions are from 11 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. with lunch provided. DCPS will pick up children at their home or at the location of a designated caregiver on established transportation routes at midday (or parents may provide transportation). Parents/guardians will pick children up at school at 2:20 p.m. dismissal time. There is no after-school program option for preschool.   

2022-2023 Preschool Online Application     

The Kentucky Preschool Program is available to all children determined to be eligible under state guidelines. Families may begin the process to determine eligibility at their home school or through our online application.

Four-year-old children without a disability or developmental delay must meet ALL the following criteria:

* Must be 4 years old on or before August 1 of the current school year

* Must be a resident of the Daviess County Public School District

* Must meet income eligibility guidelines (Proof of Income Required) - click here for guidelines

Three and four-year-old children may be eligible for public preschool upon the child’s third birthday if the determination has been made by the Admissions and Release Committee that the child has a developmental delay or disability and may be in need of special education services.

Three and four-year-old children may also apply for our fee-based program if they do not qualify by income or with a delay or disability. We have a limited fee-based option at most of our elementary schools with a cost of $200 monthly with a $200 deposit due with application. All fee-based applications and deposits are to be filled out and submitted at Central Office.

The following are the required documents your child will need prior to attending preschool:

  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Social Security Card
  • Physical Examination Form
  • Immunization Certificate
  • Vision Examination by an eye doctor
  • Proof of Residence
  • Proof of Income

All immunizations must be up to date.

If your child will be attending the Head Start Program the following documents will be required in addition to the documents listed above:

  • Proof of Income
  • LEAD Testing

If it is determined that your child does not qualify for the Daviess County Preschool Program, you are encouraged to consider our fee-based program. For questions about this program, please contact Central Office at 270-852-7000, or stop by 1622 Southeastern Parkway Owensboro, KY 42303.


Head Start - Audubon Area

Head Start is offered to children who will be 3 years old on or before Aug. 1 and who meet Head Start eligibility requirements.  Programming is offered for six hours per day at Tamarack Elementary School.

Preschool Department
Central Office
Chris Westerfield
Preschool Coordinator

Telephone: (270) 852-7000
Fax: (270) 852-7010
Preschool Administrative Assistant
Telephone: (270) 852-7000
Fax: (270) 852-7010
Preschool Consultant
Telephone: (270) 852-7000
Fax: (270) 852-7010

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The Daviess County Public Schools district prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital or parental status, political affiliations or beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, disability, or limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions in its employment practices, educational programs and activities, and provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.