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Free DC Pre-K Program

As part of the District’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Funding Program (PKEEP), Estrellitas Montessori School is now offering FREE Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 spots to eligible children at our 5331 Colorado Avenue NW location.

“Her teachers have created a loving, structured, Montessori experience where my children have learned a range of skills, from social and emotional lessons, through practical fine and gross motor skills.”

Admissions & Acceptance Process

Our PreK 3 and PreK 4 slots are limited each school year.  We will maintain a waitlist and will notify the first family on the waitlist if a spot opens up. For a detailed overview of our school's application, acceptance, and enrollment process, please see our Enrollment Timeline & Steps.

If you submit an application after the deadline, your child will be added to the end of the waitlist in the order in which applications were received.

Interested in a tour? View our upcoming virtual tour schedule and register for a tour. During our virtual tour, you will have the opportunity to see our building, classrooms, and children learning during morning lesson time. You will also be able to ask questions you may have about our programs and the Montessori learning method.


Free Pre-K Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for this program, children must meet the following criteria required by OSSE:

  • Verified residency in the District under Section 12 of the Student Residency Requirement Act, Code 38-309;

  • For Pre-K 3: children must be three years of age on or before September 30 of the program year for which the child is being enrolled;

  • For Pre-K 4: children must be four years of age on or before September 30 of the program year for which the child is being enrolled

  • Children who are five years of age BEFORE September 30, 2020, are NOT eligible for the Pre-K Enhancement Program

Children already enrolled in our school's 6 months - 2½ year-old program will receive priority. However, if we receive more applications than slots, we will conduct a lottery. Estrellitas also reserves 20% of enrollment for children with a childcare subsidy.

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