Additional Early Childhood Information at TEA

The resources listed below are provided by departments within the Texas Education Agency that relate to Early Childhood Education:

Income Eligibility Guidelines for Determining Free and Reduced Price Benefits

One of the six eligibility criteria for public prekindergarten services is that the child be educationally disadvantaged. The term, “educationally disadvantaged” means eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program established under 42 U.S.C. Section 1751 et seq (Current year Income Eligibility Guidelines).

PEIMS Standard Reports

The PEIMS Standard Reports page contains information about students enrolled in a variety of programs, subjects and courses, and students receiving special education services. The reports also contain information on prekindergarten enrollment, bilingual education, and teacher salaries, along with listings of districts or campuses by Congressional District, Texas House or Senate District, or State Board of Education District (PEIMS).

Prekindergarten Instructional Materials and Instructional Systems

Proclamation 2011 called for instructional materials for Prekindergarten Systems. The State Board of Education issued Proclamation 2011 in May 2008 and amended it in September 2008 and September 2009. The adoption of materials under Proclamation 2011 occurred in November 2010. The adopted materials were available for use beginning in the 2011-2012 school year.

Prekindergarten Tuition 

Per the Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.1531, a district may charge tuition to provide an additional half day of prekindergarten classes to those children who are eligible for free prekindergarten classes and half-day and full-day prekindergarten classes to children who are ineligible for free prekindergarten classes.

Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities

Eligible children with disabilities, ages 3-21, may receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). In Texas, school district Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) provide special education and related services for eligible children with disabilities ages three through five. 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 variety settings such as pre-kindergarten, resource, and self-contained classrooms or in community settings such as Head Start and pre-school.

Program Evaluation: Early Childhood Education Programs

TEA's Program Evaluation Unit in the Division of Evaluation, Analysis, and Planning is responsible for evaluating state and federally funded grant programs.

State Waivers

The State Waivers Unit of the Texas Education Agency is responsible for the expedited and general state waivers, class-size waivers, and textbook (instructional material) waivers.

Student Attendance Accounting Handbook

The Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH):

  • describes the Foundation School Program eligibility requirements of all students
  • prescribes the minimum standards for all attendance accounting systems, whether manual or automated
  • lists the documentation requirements for attendance audit purposes
  • specifies the minimum standards for systems that are entirely functional without the use of paper, and
  • details the responsibilities of all district personnel involved in student attendance accounting.