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 English today:
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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.
Click here for Pre-K FAQs 2018-2019
Children with no documentation of U.S. citizenship are accepted!
*Some school districts have programs for 3-year-olds, too! Ask your school.
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 the videos below to hear (in English) Pre-K Kids Win! by Sara Hickman or (in Spanish) Pre-Kinder Niños Ganar by Gina Chavez.