This site provides information regarding the development and implementation of a high-quality prekindergarten grant program established by House Bill 4, 84th Texas Legislature, 2015. School districts and charters that voluntarily meet the new standards listed in HB 4 will be eligible to receive funding for the 2016-2017 school year.
This high-quality grant program will allow districts and charters to receive funding for qualifying prekindergarten students in addition to the half-day Foundation School Program (FSP) funding that is already received for each eligible prekindergarten student. To receive the grant funding, a district or charter must meet certain enhanced quality standards related to curriculum, teacher qualifications, academic performance, and family engagement.
The Commissioner of Education must establish the amount of grant funding a district or charter receives for each qualifying student, not to exceed $1,500 per year, in attendance for the entire instructional period on a school day. The per-student funding amount will depend on the number of eligible grant applicants. A school district or charter that receives grant funding may only use the funding to improve the quality of the school district’s prekindergarten program.
The High-Quality Prekindergarten Preliminary Estimates (PDF, 303KB) list identifies school districts and charter schools that applied for the high-quality prekindergarten grant and the corresponding funding estimates that districts and charter schools might expect to receive if all applicants are determined to be eligible for grant funding based on information provided in the grant applications. TEA staff is currently in the process of reviewing grant applications. Once all applications have been reviewed, those applicants determined to be eligible for grant funding will receive notification of updated funding amounts.
Frequently Asked Questions
High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 3/18/2016) (PDF, 158KB)
5, 2016 Proposed
rules and Call for PreK instruments published in Texas Register
26, 2016 Grant
application is made available
Week of March 7th First round of
PreK instruments posted
7, 2016 End of official
public comment period on proposed rules
25, 2016 Final round of
PreK instruments posted
1, 2016 Adopted rules
published in Texas Register
8, 2016 Deadline for
LEAs to submit grant applications
2016 Notification of
preliminary funding amounts
June 3, 2016 Deadline for identification of eligible
grantees and calculation of initial
grantee funding amounts
confirmation of eligible LEA desire to receive funding
July 2016 Issue Notices of Grant Award (NOGA)
with final FY 2016 funding amount
2016 Issue NOGAs
with second half of funding (FY 2017 funding)
Commissioner’s Rules Concerning a High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program
The Commissioner’s Rules include the following: Prekindergarten program requirements and guidelines, teacher requirements, prekindergarten progress monitoring requirements, and the requirements of the family engagement plan.
In fall 2015, TEA established a
13-member review committee consisting of classroom teachers and administrators
from early childhood programs in public schools and higher education faculty
and researchers from across the state to participate in the revision of the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines.
The Texas Education Agency has
posted the new Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (updated 2015). The updated guidelines will be implemented beginning with 2016-2017 school year. Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (updated 2015)
Commissioner’s List of Approved Prekindergarten Progress
As of May 19, 2016, the following progress monitoring tools have been approved
for the 2016-2017 Commissioner's List of Approved Prekindergarten Progress Monitoring Instruments.
The Family Engagement work group was
identified by the TEA and began work in early October. The group defined family and family engagement and identified components and
strategies for the family engagement plan.
Family Engagement Plan, §102.1003. High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program., Section f.