• Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    2021-2022 School Year 

    Q: What programs are available for 3-year-olds?

    A: If your child was three (3) on September 1, 2021, there is a 3K class at Gadsden Elementary (CURRENTLY FULL) for Richland One families who can provide transportation. Follow the normal registration process to apply for the waitlist, and you will be contacted if a spot opens up. Montessori Services also offers 3K programs. Contact them for more details. For additional programs for children ages birth to four, contact ThriveRichland.

    Q: What programs are available for 4-year-olds?

    A: If your child was four(4) on September 1, 2021, you can enroll them in 4K, which is offered through your zoned school. Some schools are FULL, but you can contact OSRPP to find out if your school has space. Please complete the registration process including the Pre-K application to apply for a school with space or if the waitlist at your school is full. For additional programs for children ages birth to four(4), contact ThriveRichland.

    Q: When does registration for the 2021-2022 school year end?

    A: There is not currently an end date for registration, but space is limited. Contact our office to find out if your zoned school has space.

    Q: How do I register my child?

    A: Please see our registration page for more details

    Q: I've completed the registration steps, now what?

    A: The Office of School Readiness and Prekindergarten programs will review your application and documents and contact you if additional items are needed. If your child is accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter via email. Take your acceptance letter and additional documents to your child's zoned school to complete registration.

    Q: When will I know if my child is accepted to the Pre-K program?

    A: We strive to process all applications as quickly as possible. Make sure you have submitted all required documents and online applications for the best response time. You will be contacted via email for notification of acceptance or if your child is placed on a waiting list.

    Q: When can my child start school?

    A: If you've received your acceptance letter, contact your school for your start date. Schools must make sure all documents are received and roster your child to a teacher before the child can start. If you haven't received your acceptance letter within a timely period, please contact our office staff. 

    Q: Who gets into the Pre-K program?

    A: The children who are determined to be most in need of additional services by the state guidelines, the Dial-4 screening, and the parent questionnaire have priority, but others may be accepted as space allows.

    Q: Why do you need my income information?

    A: Pre-K is optional and is a need-based program. We are required by state guidelines to collect income information from parents/guardians.

    Q: What happens if my child is not accepted?

    A: Children who are not initially accepted into the Pre-K program are placed on a waitlist. Parents of students on a waitlist will be contacted as space becomes available.

    Q: Are there after-school programs for Pre-K students?

    A: Each school has different after-school options. Please contact your school for more details.

    Q: Can my child test up or skip Pre-K and go straight to Kindergarten?

    A: If your child was four- years- old as of September 1, 2021, he/she cannot attend Kindergarten this current school year. There is no option to test up at the Pre-K level. 


  • Office of School Readiness & Prekindergarten Programs (OSRPP)
    2638 Two Notch Rd. Ste. 106

    Columbia, SC 29204
    (803) 799-9494