School Readiness & Pre-K

Children get ready for school at home by listening, talking, playing and loving. Simple things you can do with children can make a big difference. This guide was created for parents and caregivers. It provides easy-to-use tools to help your children successfully prepare to enter school. There is even a checklist for each activity. You can work on the same skills pre-K and Kindergarten teachers use to measure if children are ready for school.

Download the School Readiness Parent Guide today:

Para descargar la guía en español:

Enrolling your child in Pre-K

Did you know that public schools offer FREE Pre-K for eligible students?  To qualify, a child must be 4 years old by September 1st of the school year AND meet one ANY the following criteria:

  • Child is from a low income household (185% of federal poverty level)
  • Child is unable to speak English well
  • Child is homeless or has been in foster care
  • Child’s parent is a member of the U.S. armed forces

Contact your school district at the number below to enroll your child or ask other questions.

Austin ISD
512-414-PREK
Bastrop ISD
512-772-7115
Del Valle ISD
512-386-3040
Elgin ISD
512-281-3457
Georgetown ISD
512-943-5000 x6038
Hays CISD
512-268-8962
Hutto ISD
512-759-3771
Lake Travis ISD
512-533-6023
Leander ISD
512-570-0320
Lockhart ISD
512-398-0060
Manor ISD
512-278-4470
Pflugerville ISD
512-594-7735
Round Rock ISD
512-464-5024
San Marcos CISD
512-393-6031
Smithville ISD
512-237-2487
Taylor ISD
512-352-2275

Children with no documentation of U.S. citizenship are accepted!

*Some school districts have programs for 3-year-olds, too! Ask your school.

Use the links below to download more information about Pre-K.

Why is Pre-K so important?

E3 Alliance research shows that only half of all Central Texas students are Kindergarten-ready when they enter school.  Every year in Central Texas, over 2,000 low-income 4-year-olds are eligible for FREE public school Pre-K, but they don’t enroll in any public or private pre-school program.

Attendance in a high quality Pre-K program is important for school readiness and is highly correlated with reading at grade level, high school graduation, and even income level.  If we can enroll these 2,000+ low-income, eligible 4-year-olds in high quality Pre-K, they’ll be more likely to be ready for Kindergarten.  Plus, our region could see a $30 M return-on-investment over the students’ lifetimes, per annual cohort of students.

Please click on link below to hear Pre-K Kids Win! by Sara Hickman.