Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
2020-2021 School Year
Q: Can I still register my child for Pre-K this year?
A: Yes, registration is still open, though space varies by school. Please contact the Office of School Readiness or your child's zoned school for more information.
Q: What does phase-in mean?
A: Phase-in refers to a hybrid model of learning where students attend classes in-person for a number of days per week and participate in asynchronous learning at home the rest of the week. To learn more about the current phase and what it means, visit the #RestartStrong page.
Q: What does virtual mean?
A: Virtual students do not attend classes in-person but learn with their teachers online at home.
Q: How do I move my child from virtual to phase-in or vice versa?
A: Email the Office of School Readiness at email@example.com and state your name, your child's name, their zoned school, and which model you'd like to move to.
Q: What steps are needed to register my child?
A: Please see our registration page for step-by-step instructions and a list of documents needed.
Q: What happens after I've submitted all documents and completed the online registration?
A: The Office of School Readiness will review your documents. If all documents and forms were submitted correctly, you will receive an acceptance letter via email. Your child's school will then contact you with a cohort assignment for phase-in or virtual learning information for virtual.
Q: Why do I need to provide income information?
A: The Pre-K program is voluntary and need-based. Children who are determined to be most in need by the state guidelines, DIAL-4 screening, and parent questionnaire have priority, but others will be considered as space allows.
If you do not see your question listed, please contact the Office of School Readiness at (803) 799-9494 or 4K@richlandone.org
Office of School Readiness & Prekindergarten Programs (OSRPP)
2638 Two Notch Rd. Ste. 106
Columbia, SC 29204