Early Childhood Education

Preschool boy playing in the classroom

About HPS Preschool

The Holyoke Public Schools offers free preschool in all of our elementary schools: Donahue, E.N. White, Kelly, Lawrence, McMahon, Metcalf, Morgan, and Sullivan schools. To apply for the Preschool lottery for SY20-21, students MUST be 3 years old on or before September 1, 2020, and be a resident of Holyoke.   All full-day classrooms are reserved for students who will be four years old on or before September 1, 2020.  There are no school choice slots available for preschool. Space is limited and enrollment for students without an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is determined by a lottery. Students will be given priority, but not a guarantee, in the lottery for their zone school.  Your school zone is based on your residential address. Families may inquire about space for students turning 3 years old after September 1st once the student has turned 3. Based on available space, the student can be enrolled or placed on the wait list at that time.

**Students with an IEP do not need to fill out this application and should make an appointment for enrollment by calling 413-534-2000.

PLEASE NOTE:  There are two preschool classrooms at Metcalf and they are part of the Dual Language program. If you are interested in the Dual Language program, you will need to submit that application separately. (Application) 

Please call the Student Enrollment and Family Empowerment Center at 413-534-2000, Option 1 for an appointment.

To complete enrollment at HPS, families must bring the following documentation (see more details in the application packet):

  • Completed application
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Immunization records
  • Child’s physical health exam (within the last year), including lead test
  • 3 proofs of address in Holyoke, including 1 from EACH category:
    • Evidence of Identification: valid driver’s license, MA ID, passport, etc.
    • Evidence of Residency: Mortgage statement, signed lease, etc.
    • Evidence of Occupancy: Utility bill in your name dated within 60 days


Patricia Chavez,
Director of Early Childhood Education

Through a special a partnership with Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) HPS is able to provide expanded PreK offerings to our students and families.


Valley Opportunity Council Enrollment

VOC operates PreK classrooms at Lawrence, Morgan, and Sullivan schools. For more information about enrolling in Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) please call (413) 552-1559, extension 329.

Preschool Video

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