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Early Learning

The Humboldt City School District's pre-kindergarten program provides a high quality educational program through an active learning approach. Young children learn skills at their own level in ways meaningful to them. Pre-K helps children prepare for kindergarten socially, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Experienced, knowledgeable, understanding teachers and staff guide them through music, stories, songs, and play. All of these fun activities help children develop academic and social skills as they play. Each class has a full-time state licensed teacher and an educational assistant.

Frequently Asked Questions: Questions about Pre-K in Tennessee? Find answers to the most common questions below from the Tennessee Department of Education's Office of Early Learning.


To qualify for the pre-kindergarten program, a child must be 4 years old on or before August 15, live in the Franklin Special School District, and be considered at-risk.

The Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning requires that school districts first serve students who are economically disadvantaged. Then students may be served who have disabilities, are identified as English Language Learners, are in state custody, or are identified as educationally at-risk for failure due to circumstances of abuse or neglect. In the event that there are still pre-K slots available, they may be filled according to the criteria determined by the FSSD Pre-K Advisory Council.


The Revised TN Early Learning Developmental Standards for 4 year-olds were written to support teachers, care givers and families who want to provide high quality, developmentally appropriate early learning experiences for children before they begin kindergarten. These standards align directly with the Kindergarten Common Core standards adopted by TN Department of Education in 2011. Helping children develop the concepts documented in these standards will provide them with the foundational skills necessary to their continued growth in kindergarten and beyond.


Research shows that when 3- and 4-year-olds are engaged in quality preschool programs, they are better prepared for later learning. They have better oral language and reading readiness skills, have fewer referrals for remedial classes or special education, and are less likely to repeat classes