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Kindergarten and Head Start enrollment is open for Fall 2019

Enrollment is open! Now is the time to visit schools, make a selection, and enroll your child in Head Start or kindergarten. All MPS students receive free breakfast and lunch.

Transportation and before- and after-school care are available; each school can provide details.

Head Start

Preschool is available through the federal Head Start program for families who meet income limits. Head Start prepares children for school and teaches important early skills, and is available at no cost to families. Participation in Head Start has been shown to improve success in school.

The Head Start office can assist with applications, which must be made in person with required documents. Visit the Lee Learning Center at 921 W. Meinecke Ave., call 414-252-0350, or visit the District Welcome Center (see below).


Kindergarten is available across the city. Call an MPS school or the District Welcome Center for information and to find out about transportation options. Wisconsin law requires children to complete five-year-old kindergarten before entering first grade.

3-year-old Kindergarten: Limited programs are available at some schools. Children must turn 3 by September 1 to be eligible.

4-year-old Kindergarten: Programs are available at most schools across the district. Children must turn 4 by September 1 to be eligible.

5-year-old Kindergarten: Programs are available at most schools across the district.

Children must turn 5 by September 1 to be eligible.

Enrollment Help

  • Visit the MPS district website and enroll online at
  • Enroll in person at any MPS school.
  • Visit the District Enrollment Center at MPS Central Services, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

District Welcome Center

MPS Central Services, Room 138

5225 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208

For more information, call 414-475-8159.

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About Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86+ million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to seven of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.

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