Kindergarten / Pre-K Enrollment Information & Events


We are thrilled that enrollment for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year begins soon in the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD)!

Families will be able to enroll students starting February 10, 2023.

We encourage all in our district to share this information with any families in our community who have a child who is Pre-K or Kindergarten age.

Click here to learn more about Pre-Kindergarten in the Shawnee Mission School District

Click here to learn more about Kindergarten

How to Enroll

Online enrollment for Pre-K and Kindergarten opens at 8 a.m. on February 10, 2023

Click here for enrollment links, which will go live on February 10.

Please note that the application must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer or a tablet. It will not work on your mobile phone. If you do not have access to one of these devices, please make an appointment to enroll in person. For K-12 enrollment, please contact your area school. For Pre-K enrollment, please contact the Early Childhood department at 913-993-6441.

This online enrollment:

  • Allows families to complete the enrollment application for Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten
  • Pre-kindergarten slots are limited, so enrolling early helps to ensure a student’s placement within the Pre-K program. (Note:  all necessary documentation must be submitted before enrollment is finalized.)
  • Allows the district to begin planning a welcome for our incoming early learners to our schools

 About Starting Pre-K in the SMSD

To be able to enroll for Pre-Kindergarten, children must be four years old on or before Aug. 31, 2023 (but not Kindergarten eligible).

Pre-Kindergarten is a half-day program in Shawnee Mission. Fee and no-fee options will be offered in the 2023-2024 school year. Sessions are held from 8:10–10:55 a.m. and 12:25-3:10 p.m.

Wraparound care options are available at some sites through Johnson County Park and Recreation and YMCA. For more information regarding site locations and programming:

Johnson County Park and Recreation link

YMCA link

About Starting Kindergarten in the SMSD

A child must be five years old on or before Aug. 31, 2023 to enroll in Kindergarten, by state law.

SMSD offers free, full-day Kindergarten for every student. The elementary school day takes place from 8:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Kindergarten Kickoff events will be held in every SMSD elementary school this spring. Individual schools will share information about exact times and event formats with incoming families and on individual school websites.  At these events, students and families are able to spend time in the school and learn more about the Kindergarten experience.

If you are unsure of what school your child(ren) will attend, find out more by using School Finder on this page.

Our school communities look forward to welcoming future Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students and we look forward to working with families in support of each child’s success.