The ChildLink Office has information about key Programs for preschoolers who qualify based on income. This includes, but may not be limited to: Head Start/Pre-K programs for children aged 3 and 4 years. Early Head Start programs are from birth through age 3. Other free or low-cost programs for preschoolers that are not based on income include: Parent Resource Centers operated during the school year offering drop-in programs based on a sliding fee scale for children aged 0 - 5 years in attendance with parents or caregivers. Locations include: Rockville, Silver Spring, and Gaithersburg.
All libraries offer a calendar of story times and other free activities for young children accompanied by an adult. Some Montgomery County local High Schools have a Child Development program where preschoolers can enroll for free during the school year. Contact the school directly or contact Montgomery County Public Schools Call Center at: 301.309.6277.
Head Start : If child is already enrolled in a Head Start Program, please contact the program for assistance. Parents interested in registering a child for Head Start should consult with ChildLink/Early Childhood for an assessment.
Online users who have additional questions and would like to be contacted by a departmental staff member may submit a request by clicking on the Create Service Request button below. Please complete all of the fields in the Contact Information section then scroll down to the bottom of the page and provide a brief description of the request in the Brief Description field.