Eligibility

Eligibility

Program Options

There are two programs in Rockcastle County that offer free early childhood education services to qualifying four year old children. (Three year old children may be eligible with an identified disability.) The programs are: The Rockcastle County Public Preschool and Kentucky River Foothills Head Start.

What to Bring to Registration

Please bring your child’s state birth certificate, social security card (optional), immunization certificate, proof of income and proof of medical coverage (i.e. medical card or insurance card) to register.  Call your school with any questions and to make an appointment to register your child.

Health Requirements

The following health requirements must be met in order to enroll in the early childhood program and kindergarten.

  • Physical exam
  • Blood pressure and lead screening
  • Dental exam
  • Vision exam
  • Immunizations

Eligibility

 To be eligible for Rockcastle County Public Preschool, your child must be 4 years old by August 1st and meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be eligible for Free Lunch
  • Have a disability
  • Three year olds may be eligible with an identified disability
  • Non-qualifying four year olds may attend the Early Childhood program as space allows

To be eligible for Head Start, your child must be 4 years old by August 1st and meet one of the following requirements:

  • Meet Federal Income Guidelines
  • Have a disability
  • Be eligible for Public Assistance (SSI, K-TAP, Child Care Subsidy)
  • Meet guidelines for being considered a homeless family
  • Reside in a foster home

What is a disability?

A delay in one or more of the following areas is considered a disability:

  •  Speech and language
  • Large and fine motor
  • Cognitive skills
  • Social and emotional
  • Self-help skills