Prekindergarten Registration Information (22-23)

 

 

 

Families/Caregivers: The State of Texas provides free prekindergarten for eligible students. The table below shows districts and charters that have shared their prekindergarten registration schedule and a link to help with the registration process. If the district or charter you are looking for isn't in the table below, you can look up its contact information on the AskTED website.

Districts/Charters: If you'd like to have your prekindergarten registration information added to the table below, please complete this information form.

 

click on the district or charter name for more information or to register

District or Charter

2022-2023 Prekindergarten Registration Date(s)
ALLEN ISD Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year opens April 1st.
ARLINGTON ISD PK registration opens April 1st
AUSTIN ISD Pre-K registration is ongoing in Austin ISD.  Austin Independent School District Enrollment Page
AUSTWELL-TIVOLI ISD School days during May.
BRAZOSPORT ISD April 25-May 27
BURLESON ISD Online beginning end of April and in person registration the week of June 6th.
CEDARS INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY Registration begins January 27. If we have more students applying for a grade than we have space, then a lottery for that grade level will be held. Accepted applicants will be notified by email and will be sent a link to complete the registration process. If the Registration forms are not received within 7 days from the acceptance date, the spot will be given to the next student on the waiting list. Please submit a NEW STUDENT Admissions Application on the Cedars International application page
CELINA ISD  
CLEAR CREEK ISD

New Student Enrollment for PK will begin Monday, April 18th.

PK & K registration window will begin May 2nd – May 6th.   All elementary campuses will be open for appointments from 8:30 – 11:30 each morning to assist parents with registration.  

PK and Kinder Registration Event will be June 13-15 at McWhirter Elementary
300 Pennsylvania
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CLIFTON ISD  
CLINT ISD Registration April 2nd- July 2022
COLUMBIA-BRAZORIA ISD CBISD PreK Registration will begin April 4, 2022, at Wild Peach Elementary School located at 3311 County Road 353.  All CBISD PreK classes are held at Wild Peach Elementary School.
COMAL ISD  
CONROE ISD Registration begins on campuses on Monday, April 4th. For more details visit the Conroe Independent School District Early Childhood web page.
DECATUR ISD  
DENTON ISD Registration for new Pre-K students will open on April 15th.
DODD CITY ISD Prekindergarten Roundup begins March 22.  Please see registration information on the Elementary page of the Dodd City district website.
DONNA ISD Registration begins April 1st for PK3 and PK4
DUNCANVILLE ISD Official Registration begins April 1, 2022.
EAGLE MT-SAGINAW ISD Pre-K registration is ongoing in Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD. Application for prekindergarten is open and can be completed by visiting the website.
EAST FORT WORTH MONTESSORI ACADEMY  
ECTOR COUNTY ISD PreK 3 and PreK 4 Round-Up begins on April 1st! We offer free Half Day Pre-K 3 and Full Day Pre-K 4 for students who are eligible. We also offer tuition-based Pre-K for students who do not meet the eligibility qualifications. To learn more, please visit our webpage.
EDGEWOOD ISD Online registration is on-going from April 1 through the end of the school year.
EDUCATION CENTER INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY Enrollment opens April 1
FORT BEND ISD April 1st, 2022 - July 31st, 2022
FORT WORTH ISD

April 1 registration opens, and families can receive report in-person on campus or by texting or calling 817-500-0381. 

For information and other Pre-K community events, visit the Fort Worth prekindergarten web page.

FRANKLIN ISD June 16, 2022
GALVESTON ISD Application Process Begins - April 1, 2022 Enrollment Begins - May 1, 2022
GARLAND ISD  
GILMER ISD Gilmer ISD will have PK registration for the upcoming school year at Gilmer Elementary on May 25th, from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm and again on May 26th, from 10:00 to 6:00 pm.
HALLETTSVILLE ISD  
HAMSHIRE-FANNETT ISD Online registration for PreKindergarten and Kindergarten is ongoing as of April 21, 2022. We also offer a Tuition-Based PreKindergarten for students who do not meet the eligibility qualifications for Non-Tuition-Based PreKindergarten. For additional information please go to the registration page at hfisd.net or contact Hamshire-Fannett Elementary at (409) 794-1412.
HOUSTON ISD We will also have the hotline 713-556-6734 and online bookings available at the Houston Independent School District prekindergarten fair web page for one-on-one support. 
HOUSTON GATEWAY ACADEMY Registration began March 1, 2022.
HUTTO ISD Online Registration begins April 1st, 2022.
HURST-EULESS-BEDFORD ISD

HEB ISD Core Knowledge Pre-K Application opens Thursday, February 17, 2022
Online lottery processes applications Friday, April 1, 2022

HEB ISD State Based Full Day Pre-K
Kick-off April 4, 2022 at 6:30 pm at HEB Elementary Campuses. 
Registration is July 26, 2022 8:00 am - 1: 00 pm at HEB Elementary Campuses

KIPP TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS KIPP Texas accepts applications all year. Registration for the following school year always begins on April 1.
KLEIN ISD Pre-K and Kindergarten registration begins on March 1, 2022
KRUM ISD Prekindergarten/Kindergarten enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year opens April 5th.
LA FERIA ISD  
LA GRANGE ISD PK Round-Up is on April 26th, 2022. Registration will be open after this event to enroll for the fall
LANCASTER ISD Online registration for PreK & new to the district Kindergarten students opens on April 1. Beginning April 1, go to the Lancaster Independent School District enrollment web page to complete our online registration. Lancaster ISD offers 3 options for registering students: *100% Online: complete online registration & upload all required documents *Hybrid: complete online registration, skip document upload, & bring required documents to our Face-to-Face event on Saturday, April 9 from 8:30am to 12:00pm  Se habla español
LEANDER ISD Families are encouraged to fill out the PreK application online on the registration page. Please see our prekindergarten information web page for more information about PreK.
LEWISVILLE ISD 2022-23 LISD PreK enrollment opened April 1, 2022. LISD hosted a PreK enrollment emphasis week April 11 - 14, 2022. LISD continues to enroll PreK eligible students throughout the spring and during the summer weeks.
LIBERTY HILL ISD Online registration begins in April.
LUBBOCK ISD Lubbock ISD Head Start/PreK enrollment is open NOW! We would like to welcome your child to our Lubbock ISD Early Childhood Family!
MANOR ISD  
MELISSA ISD Beginning April 1, 2022
MESQUITE ISD PreK 3 and PreK 4 Round-Up begins on April 1st! We offer free Half Day Pre-K 3 and Full Day Pre-K 4 for students who are eligible. We also offer limited tuition-based Pre-K for students who do not meet the eligibility qualifications on a first come first serve basis. To learn more, please visit the Mesquite prekindergarten enrollment page.
MIAMI ISD Miami ISD will start PreK registration the week of April 18. More information will be posted on the Miami Independent School District website.
MIDLOTHIAN ISD Week of April 19th will be the big push start
NORTH LAMAR ISD  
PARIS ISD  
PFLUGERVILLE ISD  
PINE TREE ISD Pine Tree Primary School is searching for students who may be eligible for our prekindergarten and kindergarten programs for the 2022-2023 school year. Please share this information with any families you think might be eligible. Official registration will begin later this spring . Families can fill out a Prekindergarten program interest form. Completing the Future Pirates Preregistration Information will grant families early access to the registration application when it opens.
PLANO ISD PreK registration begins on April 4th. Visit the Plano prekindergarten page for information on how to complete the application.
QUINLAN ISD Registration for 2022-2023 opened May 3, 2022.
THE RHODES SCHOOL 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022
ROUND ROCK ISD PK registration opens July 5, 2022
SAN ANTONIO ISD Beginning March 14, 2022, SAISD will open the PreK and Head Start PreK application / registration window across the District. A total of sixty (60) early childhood centers, elementary schools and academies will offer enrollment in PreK and Head Start PreK programs for the 2022-2023 academic year. Campuses will be open during regular business hours to help parents with the PreK and Head Start PreK application / registration process in-person, via telephone and on-line. For additional information contact the SAISD Office of Access and Enrollment Services at 210-554-2660 or the Early Childhood Education Department at 210-554-2410.
SCHULENBURG ISD Starting May 16, 2022, Schulenburg Elementary will be accepting PK registrations in the office from 9:00am-3:00pm Monday thru Thursday. The office is located at: 300 Bucek Street Schulenburg, Texas 78956
SEALY ISD  
SHERMAN ISD  
SPLENDORA ISD Campus Appointments (Call your zoned campus)
SPRING ISD  
SOUTH SAN ANTONIO ISD Online applications for both PreK and Head Start classrooms are currently being accepted for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Children who will be 3 or 4 years of age before or on Sept 1st are encouraged to apply. Reserve your spot now!
TERRELL ISD  
THRALL ISD Please contact the Elementary office to schedule a time to come in and register your Pre-K or Kindergarten child. 512-898-5293
UNION GROVE ISD  
VARNETT PUBLIC SCHOOL Pre-K registration is ongoing in The Varnett Public School Enroll Now (281) 800 - 4944
VIDOR ISD On-campus student registration begins May 6th and continues throughout the summer.
WAXAHACHIE FAITH FAMILY ACADEMY Pre Kindergarten round up is March 26, 2022 and ongoing thereafter
WEST SABINE ISD Registration will be held at West Sabine Elementary May 19-20, 2022. Please contact Glenda Smith for information.
WHITEHOUSE ISD  
WYLIE ISD May 31-June 2, 2022 August 2 - August 5, 2022
YSLETA ISD April 1st- July 30th

Statute: TEC §29.153 (b)

Resources: Student Attendance and Accounting Handbook (SAAH), Section 7.2 & 3.5

To be eligible for enrollment in a free prekindergarten class, a child must be at least three years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year (if a 3-year-old program is available) or four years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year and meet at least one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • unable to speak and comprehend the English language
  • is educationally disadvantaged (eligible to participate in the national school lunch program... guidelines about NSLP eligibility can be found in sections 4 and 6 of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Administrators Reference Manual)
  • is homeless, as defined by 42 USC, §11434a, regardless of the residence of the child, of either parent of the child, or of the child's guardian or other person having lawful control of the child
  • is the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority
  • is the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty
  • is or has ever been in the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (foster care) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Family Code §262.201 or has been in foster care in another state or territory, but currently lives in Texas
  • is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as:

Eligibility applies to three-year-olds when a three-year-old program is available.

Documentation

A district must verify a student’s eligibility for pre-k in order to receive funding for the pre-k program. Districts must have the verification document as well as any required documentation on file for their records.

Key Points

  • Each district offering a prekindergarten program must develop a system to notify families with eligible children of the availability of the program TEC §29.153(e). Notice must be made in English and Spanish. The following sources can be used for prekindergarten notification:
    • Letter of notification sent home with students
    • Identification systems in place at times of registration of older siblings
    • Newspaper articles o Notices in public places o Radio announcements
    • Display on school marquee
    • Community newsletters
    • Social media announcements
  • Students may not be denied or excluded from participating in a prekindergarten program for any reason if they are deemed eligible TEC §29.153 (b).
  • “Child” includes stepchild. The stepchild is eligible for pre-k enrollment whether or not the child resides in the same household as the stepparent. Student Attendance and Accounting Handbook, Section 7.2.1
  • Once a student is determined to be eligible for pre-k, the student remains eligible for the remainder of the current school year in the district in which he or she resides or is otherwise entitled to attend for Foundation School Program benefits.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why isn't my child eligible for prekindergarten?
The Texas Legislature determines eligibility requirements for free, public prekindergarten in Texas. When the Texas legislature established the prekindergarten program the intent was, and still is, to provide early learning experiences to students who are most at risk for school failure. Therefore, the eligibility is limited. The legislature believed that a high-quality prekindergarten program could mitigate the impact of the at-risk characteristics, thereby assisting these students to become school ready when they enter kindergarten.

Does my child have to go to prekindergarten if he or she is eligible?
No. Prekindergarten is not mandatory. However, on enrollment in prekindergarten, a child must attend school. All students are subject to compulsory school attendance rules while they are enrolled in school. If a child has not reached 6 years of age as of September 1 of the current school year, the child may be withdrawn from school without violating compulsory attendance rules. TEC §25.085(c), SAAH, Section 3.5

Are districts required to serve three-year-olds who are eligible?
No. A district may offer prekindergarten classes if the district identifies 15 or more eligible children who are at least three years of age. A child who is three years old is eligible for prekindergarten only if the district operates a three-year-old prekindergarten program. TEC §29.153(a), SAAH, Section 7.2

May districts keep "waiting lists" of eligible children who are not being served?
No, not for eligible four-year-olds. By law, a school district must offer prekindergarten classes if it identifies 15 or more children who are eligible and are four years of age by September 1 of the current school year. If a district offers a program for eligible three-year-old students, a waiting list or lottery for three-year-olds only may be established under district policy. TEC §29.153(a)

Is it necessary to verify/qualify a four-year-old student for PK who was eligible and enrolled in PK as a three- year-old student?
LEAs are still required to do their normal qualification process for previously enrolled three-year-old students, even though they would automatically qualify for PK based on their qualification and enrollment as three-year- old PK students. The PEIMS qualification code of automatic eligibility is a code of last resort and is only to be used if a student does not qualify for PK in any other way.

Is a child who was in foster care in a state other than Texas, but is now living in Texas, eligible for prekindergarten?
Yes, HB 725 extends prekindergarten eligibility to Texas children who are or have been in foster care in another state or territory.

What documentation is required to verify prekindergarten eligibility for a child who is currently or has previously been in foster care in another state or territory?
Acceptable documentation to verify prekindergarten eligibility include:

  • Foster care documents stating closure of a case
  • Court documents stating “state foster care” involvement
  • Adoption paperwork completed by the originating state

What documentation is required to verify prekindergarten eligibility for a child who is currently or has previously been in foster care in Texas?
Acceptable documentation to verify prekindergarten eligibility for children who have been in foster care in Texas include:

  • DFPS foster/kinship placement documentation
  • PreK verification letter (this letter can be requested by sending the child’s full name and date of birth to: Prekverificationltrs@dfps.texas.gov)