Program Information

  • The MCPS Early Literacy Program is a free, full-time, classroom-based program offered during the regular 2024-2025 school year. The Early Literacy Program replaces the previous Early Kindergarten model, and provides early literacy interventions for children who score below proficient in one of the early literacy skills as identified through a screening process.

    The Early Literacy Program is for:

    • Children who will be 4 years old by September 10, 2024.
    • Children who are born between May 1, 2019 and September 10, 2019.

    Dates and locations:

    The Early Literacy Program takes place during the regular school year (starting in August 2024 and ending in June 2025). Additional calendar information will be coming soon.

    MCPS will host the Early Literacy classrooms in at least 5 elementary school locations, with more locations possible if there is enough interest.


    • To be eligible for the Early Literacy Program, children must be screened by an MCPS screener and score below proficient in at least one of the Early Literacy skills.
    • Screenings will be held throughout the month of April 2024.
    • Screening will take between 30-45 minutes and a parent or guardian will need to be in attendance for the entire screening session.
    • To schedule a screening, please email

    Children may be considered for acceptance into this program if they are determined to be below proficient in the areas determined by the Montana Board of Public Education and described in this Montana Early Literacy Advisory Council report.

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  • Early Literacy Program flyer with building blocks and stars.

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