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Registration opens for summer pre-K

Parents of 4-year-olds will have their choice of 51 Hillsborough County elementary schools that are offering prekindergarten this summer. There are no attendance boundaries for this free, state-supported program.

To participate, parents first must get a certificate of eligibility. These are currently available. For additional information, call (813) 740-4713.

Second, call a district hotline, which is not yet set up, to preregister for your preferred school. You will get a reservation number.

Finally, go to your assigned school to officially enroll. Bring the eligibility certificate, reservation number, your child's birth certificate and immunization record. Seats not claimed by May 5 might be given to others.

The participating elementary schools, announced Tuesday, are:

AREA 1: Ballast Point, DeSoto, Gorrie, Just, Rampello, Washington, West Tampa

AREA 2: Alexander, Bay Crest, Bellamy, McKitrick, Town and Country, Westchase

AREA 3: Clark, Essrig, Miles, Mort, Shaw, Witter

AREA 4: Carrollwood, Cleveland, Edison, Egypt Lake, Graham, Oak Grove, Potter, Sulphur Springs

AREA 5: Apollo Beach, Bing, Brooker, Cimino, Clair Mel, Gibsonton, Mintz, Palm River, Riverview, Ruskin

AREA 6: Bryan, Buckhorn, Burney, Cork, Jackson, Pinecrest, Walden Lake

AREA 7: Folsom, James, Lewis, Mango, Robles, Seffner, Sheehy

The list is subject to change based on registration patterns.

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