Countywide Prekindergarten/Head Start Application on Hold

LEONARDTOWN, MD – State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon has announced that Maryland public schools will be closed through May 15, 2020.  In the interest of public health and safety, at this time, Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year is on hold.

When the Governor’s Executive Order allows schools and offices to reopen, there will be a follow up press release noting the dates, times, etc., that parents can go to their home school office to register.  Additional information will be communicated at a later date.


SMCPS Head Start

The SMCPS Head Start program provides services for children ages three through five and their families. Mrs. Andrea Owens is the coordinator for the St. Mary's County Schools Head Start Program. Mrs. Kelly Hall oversees this program in addition to our other early childhood development programs. We work together with our community partners to ensure that children are socially, emotionally, and physically ready to transition to Kindergarten.

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Our focus is to provide a learning environment that supports children’s growth in the following domains:

  • Language and literacy
  • Cognition and general knowledge
  • Physical development and health
  • Social and emotional development 

Head Start provides comprehensive services to enrolled low-income children and their families, which includes health, nutrition, social and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments.


Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. The Head Start program builds relationships with families that support:

  • Family well-being and positive parent-child relationships
  • Families as learners and lifelong educators
  • Family engagement in transitions
  • Family connections to peers and community
  • Families as advocates and leaders


Head Start is a five-year grant federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages three through five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.