Pre-K Services

Pre-K Services

West Virginia Legislature Guaranteeing Access to Quality Preschool Programs for All Four-Year-Olds

In 2002, the West Virginia Legislature passed legislation guaranteeing access to quality preschool programs for all four-year-olds by the 2012-2013 school year. The legislation mandates school districts to collaborate with existing early childhood programs to provide these services. In fact, at least 50% of WV PRE-K classrooms must be housed in community settings.

Each year every school district in the state must submit a plan describing how it intends to continue phasing in the WV PRE-K program in their district. All early childhood providers in Wayne County are invited to participate in a collaborative planning process that takes place through the course of the year. A needs assessment is conducted annually to assess the current status of services within the county to four-year-olds and to determine what steps need to be taken to move the district toward full implementation of the WV PRE-K program. The result of the collaborative planning process is an annual plan that outlines program goals and activities and identifies the locations of county WV PRE-K classrooms for the coming year.

Current Collaborative Wayne County Pre-K Programs

  • Playmates Child Care Center of Kenova
  • Playmates Child Care Center of Lavalette
  • Bison Playmates Child Development Center
  • Playmates Child Care Center at Ceredo Elem.
  • Westmoreland Playmates Child Development Center
  • Thompson Head Start/Pre-K Program
  • East Lynn Head Start/Pre-K Program
  • Kenova Elem. Head Start/Pre-K Program
  • Bison Center Pre-K Program
  • Kenova Elem. Pre-K Program
  • Thomson Pre-K Program
  • Wayne Elem. Pre-K Program (2 classrooms)

Key Components of WV Pre-K Programs

  • State Approved Curriculum
  • Kindergarten Transition
  • Breakfast and Lunch Provided
  • No Additional Cost to Families
  • Environments that provide a safe and healthy place for children to learn and grow.
  • Utilization of a developmentally appropriate curriculum and learning approach based on scientific research about how children learn.
  • Provide the building blocks for language and early literacy so children are ready to learn to read when they approach school age.
  • Provide activities designed to support the development of early numeracy skills.
  • Work cooperatively with families to assure meaningful communication and involvement in their child’s program.
  • Provide linkages through curriculum and activities to promote smooth transitions to kindergarten for children and families.
  • Provide educational settings inclusive of all children, including children with disabilities.

Benefits of Enrollment

  • Opportunities for families to participate in decision making about their child’s education.
  • Classroom instruction furnished by a certified teacher.
  • Facilities licensed through DHHR.
  • Children assessed on their individual developmental progress.
  • Ratio 1 adult to 10 children.
  • Developmental Screenings provided.

Attendance Policy

Enrollment in the Wayne County Pre-K Program is voluntary. However, once a child is enrolled, Wayne County Schools’ attendance policy will apply. Regular attendance is critical if children are to benefit from the program.

Playmates Pre-K Enrollment Form for Wayne County

Limited Space Available.

Classes follow Wayne County School Schedule.

For more information about Playmates Pre-K Program please contact:

Jennifer Spangler
3603 Piedmont Road
Huntington, WV 25704