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
Bastrop ISD
Del Valle ISD
Elgin ISD
Georgetown ISD
512-943-5000 x6038
Hutto ISD
Lake Travis ISD
Leander ISD
Lockhart ISD
Manor ISD
Pflugerville ISD
Round Rock ISD
San Marcos CISD
Smithville ISD
Taylor ISD

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.