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Prekindergarten Partnership Information

 

 

Who is eligible for Public Prekindergarten? 

To be eligible for a full-day program, a child must be at least four years of age by September 1 of the current school year and meet at least one of the following criteria. The same criteria apply for three-year-old children to be eligible for half-day programs.

  • Are unable to speak and comprehend the English language
  • Are economically disadvantaged, which means a student eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program. For the current 2020/2021 income eligibility chart, click here.
  • Are experiencing homelessness
  • Are the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States
  • Are the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States
  • Are in, or have been in, the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Are the child of an individual eligible for the Star of Texas Award as a peace officer, firefighter, or emergency medical first responder

For more information, see https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/PK%20Eligibility%20Overview.pdf.

High-Quality Prekindergarten Components

House Bill (HB) 3, 86th Legislative Session, 2019, amended Texas Education Code, §§29.164-172, to make high-quality prekindergarten components mandatory. All districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and districts of innovation must implement the following high-quality prekindergarten components in classrooms serving eligible four-year-old students:

  • Curriculum
  • Student Progress Monitoring
  • Prekindergarten Teacher Qualifications
  • Teacher-to-Student Ratio
  • Family Engagement
  • Program Evaluation
  • Data Reporting

For more information, see https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/HQPK_Components_One%20Pager%20-%20Accessible.pdf 

TEA’s Early Learning Public-Private Partnership Guidebook can be accessed here:

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​TEA and TWC Early Learning Partnership information can be accessed here

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Kim Thorne

RECESS Regional Partnership Specialist

kim.thorne@esc9.net

Kim Thorne

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