High-Quality Prekindergarten Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Page


Prekindergarten Guidelines

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) (PDF, 1821KB)


Instructional Materials for Prekindergarten

Please see the Currently Adopted Instructional Materials (Curriculum) for PreK Learning Systems adopted by the State Board of Education (SBOE). The SBOE sets policies and standards for Texas public schools. The primary responsibilities of the SBOE include:

  • Setting curriculum standards
  • Reviewing and adopting instructional materials
  • Establishing graduation requirements
  • Overseeing the Texas Permanent School Fund
  • Appointing board members to military reservation and special school districts
  • Providing final review of rules proposed by the State Board for Educator Certification
  • Reviewing the commissioner's proposed award of new charter schools, with authority to veto a recommended applicant  


2017-2021 Commissioner’s List of Approved Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Assessment Instruments 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has posted a new list of Commissioner Approved Prekindergarten (accessible version) and Kindergarten (accessible version) (Updated 7/12/17) Assessment Instruments for use during the 2017-2021 school years in accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC), §29.169 and §28.006.

The Commissioner’s Lists of Approved Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Assessment Instruments are comprehensive and ensure school districts and charter schools select instruments that are based on valid and reliable scientific research, thoroughly measure each domain of development, and are user friendly. The following five primary domains of development may be assessed using the instruments on the lists: 

  1. Emergent literacy - Reading
  2. Emergent literacy - Writing
  3. Language and Communication
  4. Health and Wellness
  5. Mathematics.


Family Engagement

In 2016 TEA, in partnership with DFPS and other organizations, developed guidelines for effective family engagement.   The Family Engagement working group identified components and strategies for school districts and charter schools to implement as part of their family engagement plans. 

Family Engagement Plan, §102.1003. High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program., Section f.