Early Childhood Education (Preschool)





What is the Hardin County Schools' Preschool Program?

The Hardin County Schools' Preschool Program is a State funded program designed to help preschool children who are at risk of beginning school behind their classmates.  The program is for four-year-old children who are economically disadvantaged or for three- and four-year-old children who have identified disabilities or speech delays.

What services do the Hardin County Schools' Preschool Program offer?

The Hardin County Schools' Preschool Program offers the following components:

  • Preschool services for eligible children at no cost to the parent
  • Activities that develop creativity and thinking skills through play
  • Partnerships with the parents through parent education
  • Cooperation among programs and with other agencies to provide services
  • Developmental, as well as hearing and vision screenings



The mission of the Hardin County Schools' Preschool Program, a fully integrated, comprehensive program, is to enrich the lives of children and their families by supporting the child's development in the areas of physical, social, emotional and intellectual and by moving the child and family toward self-sufficiency and social competence.


Click to download a copy of the Preschool Handbook.


Apply for Preschool today!

Click here to complete an online application.  Applications will be automatically emailed to jill.monday@hardin.kyschools.us upon submission.

Click here to download an application to complete by hand and mail to the Early Childhood Office at the following address:

Hardin County Schools
Early Childhood Office
65 W.A. Jenkins Rd
Elizabethtown, KY  40160


Call 270-769-8911 for questions!



Per Kentucky law, all children must be enrolled in and attend school between the ages of 6 and 18. Children can enter primary school at age 5, but only if their 5th birthday is on or before October 1 of the current school year. 

Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the entry date changed from October 1 to August 1. A child who is 5 years old or who turns 5 by August 1st may attend school. A child who is 6 years old or who turns 6 by August 1, must attend school.

Preschool programs are available for eligible 3- and 4-year-old children as well.