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New 2016 Kindergarten Kick-Off Event at Dubuque Public Elementary Schools, Feb. 16

A new Dubuque Community School District event will help give families a jump-start on preparing for kindergarten.

The Kindergarten Kick-Off, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16, gives families the chance to drop-in between 3:30-6 p.m. at 12 of Dubuque’s public elementary schools. At the event, families will complete initial kindergarten paperwork, receive a packet of paperwork to take with them, and have a chance to meet school staff. As a charter school, Prescott Elementary School will begin kindergarten sign-up during its enrollment period in late February.

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Free Four-Year-Old Preschool Registration Begins Monday, Feb. 1

Registration for free four-year-old preschool in the Dubuque Community School District will begin on Monday, Feb. 1. This includes Dubuque’s 12 public schools offering preschool through the Statewide Voluntary Free Preschool Program.

Parents and guardians may register students in person at the selected site, beginning when that site’s office opens on February 1. Proof-of-age, preferably a birth certificate, is required to register a student. A passport or signed immunization record will be accepted if necessary.

Registration begins at the following times:

School Time
Audubon Elementary School 7:30 a.m.
Bryant Elementary School 7:30 a.m.
Carver Elementary School 7:30 a.m.
Eisenhower Elementary School 7:30 a.m.
Fulton Elementary School 7:45 a.m.
Irving Elementary School 7 a.m.
Kennedy Elementary School 7 a.m.
Lincoln Elementary School 7:30 a.m.
Marshall Elementary School 7:30 a.m.
Prescott Elementary School 8 a.m.
Sageville Elementary School 8 a.m.
Table Mound Elementary School 8 a.m.

Free four-year-old preschool is open to students who are four by September 15. For additional registration questions, individuals should contact the site they are interested in registering at.

Space may be limited in some facilities and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment for preschool is not based on geography and all sites are open to Iowa residents.

In addition to spots in Dubuque’s public schools, a variety of community preschool partners also offer free four-year-old preschool. For a complete list of preschool providers, visit

The Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program for Four-Year-Old Children is funded by the State of Iowa and facilitated locally by the Dubuque Community School District.