Children are "ready" for school when families, schools, and communities work together to ensure they enter school with strong foundational knowledge and skills across 5 primary domains of development. Communities are an essential partner in education by providing advocacy and access to services and resources like healthcare, nutrition, safety, employment, parks, recreation and many other opportunities for children and families to thrive.
Preschool, Head Start and Childcare
Looking for high-quality prekindergarten in your area?Free 3- and 4-yr-old Public Prekindergarten
Many elementary schools in the state
offer free public prekindergarten to eligible 4-year-old children (some offer 3-year-old prekindergarten as well). Go to
your closest elementary school or district administrative office and to
obtain more information or contact Howard Morrison at TEA at firstname.lastname@example.orgHead Start and Early Head Start
Head Start and
Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional
development of children from birth to age 5. In addition to education
services, programs provide children and their families with health,
nutrition, social, and other services. Head Start services are
responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic
heritage.The Texas Workforce Commission- Childcare Assistance
Parents who work, attend school or participate in job training may be eligible for financial assistance with child-care.Tips for Parents
These tips for parents give advice on topics ranging from bullying to water safety. Included are tips for children of all age groups – babies, toddlers, kids, preteens, and teens, plus quick video tips. Kids' Activities
Looking for something for your kids to do? Download these games and activities. They're fun, and they teach your kids some important lessons.2-1-1
2-1-1 Texas is a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that provides a registry of resources and services by zip code. It is committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services and resources they need. Square Meals
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides lunches to more than 3 million Texas children in school and residential child care institutions. The NSLP serves nutritious, low-cost or free lunches to students in public and non-profit private schools in Texas.Texas Women, Infants and Children
WIC offers tips on breast feeding, formula and food packages that are based on the latest nutrition guidelines. The WIC food packages offer fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, yogurt, and baby food in addition to cereal, eggs, juice, peanut butter and beans. Overall, WIC offers a variety of foods to help you make smart choices for you and your family. Childcare Licensing, Health and Safety of Children and Elderly
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) works with communities to protect children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also works to protect the health and safety of children in daycare, as well as foster care and other types of 24-hour care.
Children with Disabilities
In Texas, school district Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) provide special education and related services for eligible children with disabilities ages 3-5. PPCD refers to the services provided by the school district, not to the place where they are provided. Eligible children may receive PPCD services in a variety of settings such as pre-kindergarten, resource, and self-contained classrooms or in community settings such as Head Start and pre-school. Learn more HERE.DADS - Texas Department of Health and Human Services
DADS offers home and community services for children with disabilities. Services may include medical care through Medicaid, attendant care in your home or modifying your home to make it easier for your child to live in. These services may be different than what is available through your local school district or other state agencies. Early Childhood Intervention
In Texas, children between the ages of birth and 36 months can receive services from Early Childhood Intervention ("ECI") if their children need additional support to meet developmental milestones in areas such as language, motor development, adaptive behaviors such as feeding, or learning and play skills
Texas Attorney General’s Office– Division of Child Support
As the official child support enforcement agency for the State of Texas, the Office of the Attorney General provides services for parents who wish to obtain or provide support for their children.
Preschool, Childcare and other Services2-1-1
2-1-1 Texas is a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that provides a registry of resources and services by zip code. It is committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services and resources they need. Texas School Ready
Texas School Ready! website
The Texas School Ready! program certifies early childhood programs across the state of Texas that demonstrate effective preparation of their students for kindergarten.
To find a Texas School Ready! certified classroom in your community, visit the Texas School Ready! website.