Applications are accepted all year!
To enroll, there are three steps:

Step 1

Complete an application

Complete an application online or by calling 717-263-8019

Step 2

Verify family income and child's age

We will contact you for this information.

Step 3


If your child is eligible, and there is space available,
we will contact you.

Preschool in Waynesboro


The two years before kindergarten are an exciting time for a young child! Preschoolers are curious about everything and ask a lot of questions. They are also beginning to learn how to get along with others and how to manage their many emotions. First Start Partnerships for Children & Families offers multiple programs in Waynesboro to help you and your child be ready for kindergarten.

High-quality, and affordable preschool programs, are essential to our entire community. Children who attend preschool build the foundational skills that support their future successes in school and in life. Waynesboro Area School District and First Start Partnerships are pleased to continue their partnership to provide children in Waynesboro with preschool classrooms located at Mowrey Elementary, Waynesboro Senior High School and Waynesboro Early Learning Center.  

Seventy percent of families in Franklin county qualify for this free program.  Not only is the program free for families, but it also follows the highest standards in early childhood education.  Preschool teachers hold college degrees, and research-based curriculum and teaching strategies are used in the classroom.  Why choose First Start? Find out here!

We currently have spots available.  If you have a child age 3-5, please apply today! We look forward to partnering with you to ensure your child arrives ready for kindergarten! 

First Start Partnerships also offers programs for children prenatal through age 3 and families, visit their website to learn more.

First Start Partnerships

Office of Head Start