Preschool Registration

  • There is no online option to register for preschool. Preschool registration is by appointment only. Please see the information below for preschool registration information: 

    Beginning April 4, 2022, Parents/Guardians who are interested in enrolling three-year-old or four-year-old children in preschool may pick up a paper-copy preschool registration/application packet at the nearest elementary school or at the Parker Center (811 North T, Fort Smith). Once the packet is completed, you may schedule an appointment to register your child by calling the Parker Center (479) 784-8182 ext. 73556. The enrollment packet MUST be completed and brought to the Parker Center (811 North T, Fort Smith), by appointment only.

    Please note:  The FSPS Preschool Program is supported financially through the Arkansas Better Chance for School Success grant and the Child Care Development-Federal PreKindergarten Grant. Eligibility of services is contingent upon a parent/guardian's income. 

    Note: If you are unable to reach the Parker Center by phone, please call (479) 784-8182 ext. 73543 and leave a message with your name and phone number, and your call will be returned.

    Parents/Guardians will be notified late July or early August about placement. If a child is not placed in a classroom, he or she will be added to the district preschool waitlist. 

    Currently, and subject to change, preschool children will begin their traditional learning experience on August 22, 2022. Preschool hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendance is required each day.

    The preschool program will follow the Division of Childcare and Early Childhood Education Minimum Licensing Requirements and the Arkansas Better Chance for School Success grant requirements. 

    For questions, call the Parker Center at 479-784-8182 ext: 73556 (please leave a message if your call is missed).

    more information (fact sheet)

    Currently enrolled FSPS preschool children turning 5 on or before August 1, 2022: Parents/Guardians will be required to register online for Kindergarten beginning April 4, 2022.

    Currently enrolled FSPS preschool children: Children currently enrolled in a FSPS preschool classroom do not need to register for the 2022-2023 year. Current children automatically roll over for services. The preschool teachers will confirm this information with the parent/guardian and will notify the Early Childhood Education (ECE)-Supervisor if changes in a child’s enrollment status should be made.

    Children who have an approved packet from 2021-2022, but are on the waitlist: Parents/Guardians of preschool children who are currently on the preschool waitlist will be notified by phone to confirm their status for 2022-2023. When contacted, the parents/guardians will be asked to schedule an appointment with the ECE Department to provide updated income and update the ABCSS and FPK application and Student Information form.

    Children who are enrolled in the 2021-2022 Parents as Teachers Program, but want in a classroom: Parents/Guardians of preschool children who are currently enrolled in the Parents as Teachers program and are interested in a preschool classroom will be contacted by the parent educator. Parents/Guardians will need to schedule an appointment with the ECE Department to provide updated documentation including the ABCSS/FPK applications and Student Information form.

    New Enrollments for Preschool: Registration is by appointment only. A parent/guardian must complete a hard copy preschool enrollment packet. The preschool packets will be available at the nearest elementary school or at the Parker Center (811 North T, Fort Smith) beginning, Monday, April 4, 2022 for registration. The enrollment packet will need to be completed and brought to the Parker Center/811 North T, Fort Smith in order to complete registration. Contact 479-784-8182 ext: 73556 beginning, Monday, April 4, 2022 or after to schedule your appointment.

    Reminder: The preschool packet must be complete and all documents must be available for the Early Childhood Education Department (ECE) to copy. Incomplete packets will NOT be accepted.

    Required Documents for Preschool Child:

    • Birth Certificate or Hospital Birth Record
    • Social Security Card
    • Current Immunization Record
    • Current Physical Exam (within 1 year)
    • Proof of Address: (Utility Bill)
    • 30 days of income: Pay Stubs, Income Verification Form or No Income Verification Form (we WILL NOT accept a W-2), Schedule C (self employed). 

    Schedule an appointment: Beginning Monday, April 4, 2022. Parents/Guardians may call the Parker Center at 479-784-8182 ext: 73556 to schedule a preschool registration appointment. These appointments will be held at the Parker Center/811 North T. Street, Fort Smith.

    • Elementary Schools will NOT accept preschool packets.
    • Paper copy packets are available at the Parker Center or at the nearest elementary school beginning Monday, April 4, 2022.
    • ALL Preschool Registration will be at the Parker Center/811 North T Street.
    • Only one parent/guardian will be allowed to register their child at Parker Center, unless specific paperwork needs to be notarized.
    • Incomplete packets will not be accepted, and parents/guardians will be asked to re-schedule their appointment to return with appropriate paperwork.
    • Please do not bring your child(ren) to preschool registration.