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Kindergarten Early Entrance

The early entrance to kindergarten program identifies exceptions to the state-mandated age of entry for children whose curriculum achievement level far exceeds the norm. The intent of the program is to identify highly able children whose birthdays missed the regular September 1 cut-off for kindergarten entrance by no more than 45 days (September 2nd-October 16th).

Not sure of your child's home school? Check the boundary maps or contact Student Services at 240-236-5323.

Revised Process for 2022-2023

  1. Review the video (5:24 minutes) that will describe Early Entrance to Kindergarten and explain the process for applying.
  2. Complete the online parent application. Submit the completed online parent application to the following email address: no later than 4PM on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
  3. Once the Early Childhood Education Office receives the completed online parent application, we will contact you to schedule the assessment.
  4. Assessments  will be held at FCPS Central Office 191 East Street Frederick, MD 21701. 
  5. It is not necessary for children to study or prepare for the early entry assessment.
  • The assessment will take approximately 20-30 minutes and will be administered by a trained examiner.
  • The assessment is administered only 1 time to each child. Child cannot be retested for any reason.
  • The assessment includes a variety of activities that measure each child’s ability in the following domains: Reading/Language Arts, Mathematical Thinking, Personal and Social Emotional Development.


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Main Number: 240-236-5ECE


Sandy Truax
Administrative Assistant

(240) 236-8835

Sheila Kahler
ECE Grant Manager

(301) 696-6864
Fax 301-644-4139

Christy Donnelly
Teacher Specialist for Early Childhood Education

(301) 644-5253

Kelly Robbins
Teacher Specialist for Early Childhood Education

(301) 644-5331

Leslie Frei
Supervisor of Early Childhood Education and Judy Centers

(301) 696-6914

Kathleen Allen
Coordinator for Early Childhood Education & Judy Centers
(301) 696-6809