Pre-K Services

West Virginia Legislature Guaranteeing Access to Quality Preschool Programs for All Four-Year-Olds

In 2002, the West Virginia Legislature passed legislation guaranteeing access to quality preschool programs for all four year olds by the 2012-2013 school year. The legislation mandates school districts collaborate with existing early childhood programs to provide these services. In fact, at least 50% of WV PRE-K classrooms must be housed in community settings.


Each year every school district in the state must submit a plan describing how it intends to continue phasing in the WV PRE-K program in their district. All early childhood providers in Wayne County are invited to participate in a collaborative planning process that takes place through the course of the year. A needs assessment is conducted annually to assess the current status of services within the county to four year olds and to determine what steps need to be taken to move the district toward full implementation of the WV PRE-K program. The result of the collaborative planning process is an annual plan that outlines program goals and activities and identifies the locations of county WV PRE-K classrooms for the coming year.

Current Collaborative Wayne County Pre-K Programs

  • Playmates Child Care Center of Kenova
  • Playmates Child Care Center of Lavalette
  • Bison Playmates Child Development Center
  • Playmates Child Care Center at Ceredo Elem.
  • Westmoreland Playmates Child Development Center
  • Thompson Head Start/Pre-K Program
  • East Lynn Head Start/Pre-K Program
  • Kenova Elem. Head Start/Pre-K Program
  • Bison Center Pre-K Program
  • Kenova Elem. Pre-K Program
  • Thomson Pre-K Program
  • Wayne Elem. Pre-K Program (2 classrooms)

Key Components of WV Pre-K Programs

  • State Approved Curriculum
  • Kindergarten Transition
  • Breakfast and Lunch Provided
  • No Additional Cost to Families
  • Environments that provide a safe and healthy place for children to learn and grow.
  • Utilization of a developmentally appropriate curriculum and learning approach based on scientific research about how children learn.
  • Provide the building blocks for language and early literacy so children are ready to learn to read when they approach school age.
  • Provide activities designed to support the development of early numeracy skills.
  • Work cooperatively with families to assure meaningful communication and involvement in their child’s program.
  • Provide linkages through curriculum and activities to promote smooth transitions to kindergarten for children and families.
  • Provide educational settings inclusive of all children, including children with disabilities.

Benefits of Enrollment

  • Opportunities for families to participate in decision making about their child’s education.
  • Classroom instruction furnished by a certified teacher.
  • Facilities licensed through DHHR.
  • Children assessed on their individual developmental progress.
  • Ratio 1 adult to 10 children.
  • Developmental Screenings provided.

Attendance Policy

Enrollment in the Wayne County Pre-K Program is voluntary. However, once a child is enrolled, Wayne County Schools’ attendance policy will apply. Regular attendance is critical if children are to benefit from the program.

Playmates Pre-K Enrollment Form for Wayne County

Limited Space Available.

Classes follow Wayne County School Schedule.

For more information about Playmates Pre-K Program please contact:
Jennifer Spangler
3603 Piedmont Road
Huntington, WV 25704


Working Hours

Open Monday – Friday
6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
*extended hours at the
Kenova Playmates Center
6 PM - midnight


Playmates Childcare observes the following holidays and will be closed
on these days:

• New Year's Day
• Memorial Day
• Independence Day
• Labor Day
• Thanksgiving Day
• The day after Thanksgiving
• Christmas Day