We have exciting news for families from Preschool Promise:

Preschool Promise is now able to enroll 3-year-olds who reside in Dayton Public School and/or City of Dayton boundaries for the 2021-2022 school year!

This major change is thanks to support from the City of Dayton, which is why only Dayton 3-year-olds are eligible.

We’re also happy to share that these 3-year-olds will also count in your quality stipend when it is calculated in early October.

Families who don’t live in the City or DPS boundaries but have a Dayton mailing address may be confused why they’re not eligible. If they have questions, we can explain the funding situation to them.

In addition to adding 3-year-olds who live in Dayton or DPS boundaries, we’re also allowing 5-year-olds to participate in a second year of Preschool Promise REGARDLESS of where they reside for the 2021-2022 school year. 

We listened to parents who are concerned their children did not receive a “full year” of their Preschool experience due to COVID and will be sending their child for another year of Preschool.

To make this extra year of Preschool more accessible to families, these 5-year-old children are eligible for Preschool Promise without a waiver or any special consideration. 

Use this chart to help understand which children are eligible.


10/1/15 to 9/30/16 – 5-year-old – Eligible to apply if a Montgomery County resident
10/1/16 to 9/30/17 – 4-year-old – Eligible to apply if a Montgomery County resident 
10/1/17 to 9/30/18 – 3-year-old – Eligible to apply if family lives in DPS/City of Dayton
10/1/17 to 9/30/18 – 3-year-old – DOES NOT reside in DPS/City of Dayton – NOT ELIGIBLE
10/1/18 to Present – NOT ELIGIBLE to apply 

Three-year-olds who reside in Dayton or Dayton Public School boundaries will receive the “full benefits” package — including tuition assistance, Star Attendance rewards, Play Boxes, Books-of-the-Month, monthly postcards, a birthday card, etc.

This will mean that these children who enrolled at the age of 3 would receive two full years of Preschool Promise benefits! These eligible children can apply now by visiting preschoolpromise.org/apply 

The online application has been modified to screen applicants by their school district and birthdate. Three-year-olds will need the same documentation and completed application 4-year-olds are required to complete to receive all benefits. 

This is a great step forward in helping more children attend Preschool!