(FREE for four-year-old students)

Registration for the 2018-19 elementary school-based State-Wide Voluntary Preschool Program (SWVPP) will begin on Monday, February 5, 2018.

Participation Requirements

Students enrolling in free four-year-old voluntary preschool program must meet two requirements:

View the complete list of participating preschools

How to Register

NOTE: Registration for elementary school-based preschool will begin on February 5, 2018.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

1 REQUIRED AT REGISTRATION (must be completed at registration)
Student Registration Form and Home Language Survey (PDF)
Income Verification Form (PDF)
Proof-of-Age (birth certificate preferred; passport or signed immunization records acceptable if needed)
2 ADDITIONAL REQUIRED FORMS (must be completed and returned by the first day of school)
Medical History Questionnaire (PDF)
Medical Examination Form (PDF) + Immunization Certificate (schedule your student’s physical now and be sure to ask your healthcare provider to include your student’s most recent immunization record; children will not be allowed to attend school without an immunization record on file.)
Certificate of Dental Screening (schedule an appointment with your dental provider and ask for a certificate of dental screening; this can also qualify for kindergarten next year.)
Vision screening is recommended and all preschool students in the Dubuque Community Schools are able to participate in the FREE KidSight Lions Club vision screening program. More information will be sent home in the first few weeks of school.
If your child requires medication to be administered at school, the Request for Medication to be Given at School Form is available in your school’s nurses office.

Please note:

  • Your child may not attend free preschool for two years.
  • Your child may not attend free preschool if they are five on or before September 15, 2018.
  • Any preschool slots remaining after August 1, 2018 will be available for tuition-paying five-year-olds.

Be advised that at any time the Iowa State Legislature may consider proposals that could reduce or eliminate funding for some preschool programs.

To learn more about possible openings, please contact the school or participating community preschool you are interested in.

Nancy Murphy
Early Childhood Coordinator

Cammie Brecht
Early Childhood Secretary

Please register in-person at the elementary school of your choice during regular school hours. The following district elementary schools will offer free morning or afternoon preschool for four-year-olds:

Table Mound

* morning preschool only

A number of community partners also offer preschool through the State-Wide Voluntary Preschool Program. These partner programs follow the same teacher education, curriculum, assessment, and quality standards as district preschool classrooms.