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Our application for the 2023-2024 school year has been released.  Please see the information below if you have a child that you would like to be screened for eligibility at either program, Knox County Public Schools Preschool or KCEOC Head Start.  Both programs use the same application.


We are excited that you are taking the step to give your child a great start!  Our school district partners with KCEOC to serve as many preschool-aged (3-4 year old) at-risk and/or disabled students as possible.

Preschool Screenings

Preschool screening is a free service offered by the Knox County Public Schools in collaboration
with the KCEOC Head Start Program and is one way of locating and identifying preschool age
children with special needs or are considered at-risk. Children ages 3 or 4 on August 1, may
be eligible for Head Start and/or Preschool.

Screenings are by appointment only.  Please call 606-546-3157 to schedule a date and time for your child.


Each family wishing to enroll their child in the preschool program must complete an application.  Parents will complete one application for both programs, KCPS or KCEOC headstart.

You can return the application along with proof of all household income to the Preschool Department at the Knox County Board of Education. You may fax the application to 606-546-7715, or email to, or drop off at or mail to Knox County Board of Education, 200 Daniel Boone Drive, Barbourville, KY 40906.

Needed Items

These documents are required before we can fully process the application (copies preferred).  These items will not be required at the screening, but will be required before beginning preschool:
Eye Exam Form
Social Security Card (optional)
Birth Certificate
Proof of Income (check stub, W-2, or tax returns)
Physical Exam Form
Up to date Immunization Certificate
Dental Exam
Completed Application