Early Childhood Education

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Amy Roque
Associate Director of Early Childhood Education
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For enrollment questions, please send an Email to the Enrollment Department or call (413) 534-2000, Option 1


Through a special partnership with Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) and the Holyoke YMCA,  HPS is able to provide expanded Pre-K offerings to our students and families for school year 2023-2024 at Donahue, Kelly, and Lawrence Schools.   -

For more information about enrolling in Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) please call (413) 552-1559, Extension 329.   For more information about enrolling at the Holyoke YMCA Preschool, please call (413) 534-5631.

Other Resources

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) licenses Family Child Care and Group & School Age Child Care programs in Massachusetts. Learn more about these programs and find a licensed childcare provider that’s right for you.

About HPS Preschool

Holyoke Public Schools offers free preschool in all of our elementary schools: Donahue, E.N. White, Kelly, Lawrence, McMahon, and  Morgan

To apply for the preschool lottery for SY23-24, students MUST be 3 years old on or before September 1, 2023 and a resident of Holyoke.  

All full-day classrooms are reserved for students who will be 4 on or before September 1, 2023. 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 1 once the student has turned 3. Based on available space, the student can be enrolled or placed on the waitlist at that time.

NOTE:  There are three preschool classrooms at Kelly and one preschool classroom at EN White School that are part of the Dual Language program. If you are interested in the Dual Language program, you will need to submit a separate application.

**Students with an IEP do not need to fill out a preschool lottery application. Start the enrollment process here. Please call the Enrollment Center at (413) 534-2000, option 1 with questions.

The following documents must be provided to complete enrollment:

  • Proof of child’s age (e.g., birth certificate, passport, hospital record)

  • Immunization records

  • Lead test (Required for kindergarten and preschool enrollment)

  • Child’s physical health exam (within the last year)

  • Evidence of identification: valid driver’s license, MA ID, passport, etc.

  • Two proofs of Holyoke address (one from each of the following categories):

    • Evidence of residency: Mortgage statement, signed lease, etc.

    • Evidence of occupancy: Utility bill in your name dated within 60 days

  • If applicable:

    • Special education documentation (copy of IEP or 504 plan)

    • Legal guardianship qocumentation

    • Proof that adult is seeking guardianship (copy of petition form for guardianship)