• prek kids

    Early registration will open January 15th and close March 1st , 2023 at 10:00am. The lottery will take place on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 8:30am at the central office. 

    Children must be four before September 1 and live in the Tuscaloosa City School zone to qualify. Children in our Pre-k program must be:

    • Fully toilet-trained. Pullups are not acceptable.
    • Parents must provide proof of residence, an up-to-date immunization card, and birth certificate when accepted into the program.
    • Bus transportation is not provided for our Pre-k students. Parents are responsible for drop-off and pick-up each day.

    Apply here:

    For more information, read the Pre-K handbook.  

    Since 1993, the Tuscaloosa City Schools have served eligible four-year-olds with high-quality Pre-k instruction. Recognized as a leader in pre-kindergarten education, the system serves nearly 625 students at multiple sites throughout the district.

    Funding for the program comes from local, state, and Elevate funds. TCS is also a recipient of multiple Office of School Readiness (OSR) First Class grant-funded classrooms. Additionally, the City of Tuscaloosa and Mayor Walt Maddox are fervent supporters of Pre-k through our Elevate program and the annual Mayor's Cup 5K/10K.


  • Pre-Kindergarten
    Diane Hilliker
    Pre-K Coordinator