2022 Pre-Kindergarten Program

Registration is open!

The South Bend Empowerment Zone is excited to announce the continuation of Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) classrooms for the 2022-2023 school year at each of our four elementary schools:

Coquillard Elementary | Harrison Elementary | Warren Elementary | Wilson Elementary

Each school offers two-sessions per day (an AM session from 7:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and a PM session from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.), with class sizes of no more than 15 students. Harrison Elementary’s Pre-K offers Dual Language Immersion (DLI) classrooms, which offer native Spanish speakers and native English speakers the opportunity to develop and maintain their first language while gaining communication and literacy skills in a second language. Every day, students get half of their instruction in English and the other half in Spanish.

Our SBEZ Pre-K is free for qualifying families who apply for and receive a Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) voucher, which are available to all Indiana families that meet certain income criteria, available HERE (Please note: you should be certain to look at Child Care Assistance eligibility and not On My Way Pre-K eligibility).The application is available HERE. Students who are not eligible for a CCDF voucher who demonstrate both voucher ineligibility and individual-based need may be eligible for a needs-based scholarship. For families who do not qualify for a CCDF voucher or scholarship, tuition will be $104.00 per week.

Registration process

Step 1        

Complete Pre-Registration Form – front office staff will require you to show that you completed the Pre-Registration Form in order to register. Please either print a copy or save the email showing completion that you can pull up and show to front office staff on your phone. 

Step 2

You must register at a Pre-K location by bringing in the following documents:

(1) evidence of completion of the Pre-Registration Form (i.e. show a copy of your email confirmation)

(2) birth certificate for your eligible child

(3) ID for the parent

(4) some document that shows your home address (i.e. bill or lease) 

(5) vaccination records for your eligible child

If you have questions about whether openings are still available at a particular Pre-K location, you may call the school location at the following phone numbers: 

  • Coquillard Elementary – 574-393-2000
  • Harrison Elementary – 574-393-3000
  • Warren Elementary – 574-393-2800
  • Wilson Elementary – 574-393-3700

Please note: by completing step #1 and step #2, you have reserved your child’s seat in the SBEZ Pre-K program. 

Step 3

To finalize your registration, you must either: 

  • (1) apply for a CCDF voucher no later than July 1, 2022; APPLY HERE
  • (2) apply for a needs-based scholarship with evidence of voucher ineligibility (SBEZ Pre-Kindergarten Academy Needs-Based Scholarship Application available HERE) or 
  • (3) begin payment upon the start of the school year if not eligible for a voucher or scholarship. 

*Please note: if you do not complete step #3, you are at risk of forfeiture of your child’s Pre-K seat. 

Pre-K Schedule

Morning Session
Afternoon Session
Coquillard | Harrison | Warren | Wilson
7:45am to 10:45am
12:00pm to 3:00pm

High Quality Preschool Featuring:

  • Licensed teacher leading every class
  • Highly skilled paraprofessional in every class
  • Class size limit of 15, with a 7.5:1 student to staff ratio
  • High Scope Curriculum – a highly-regarded curriculum for Pre-K
  • Bussing provided
  • Meals and snacks provided

If you have any questions, you can call any of our Empowerment Zone elementary schools.

  • Coquillard: (574) 393-2000
  • Harrison: (547) 393- 3000
  • Warren: (574) 393- 2800
  • Wilson: (574) 393- 3700