EHBG(LEGAL) - SPECIAL PROGRAMS: PREKINDERGARTEN

Note: Only districts that identify 15 or more eligible students are required to provide prekindergarten programs.

Tuition-Free Prekindergarten Program

Definitions

  1. "Child" includes a stepchild.
  2. "Parent" includes a stepparent.

Eligibility

  1. Is unable to speak and comprehend the English language;
  2. Is educationally disadvantaged;
  3. Is homeless [see FD] 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;
  4. 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;
  5. 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;
  6. Is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services following an adversary hearing under Family Code 262.201 or foster care in another state or territory, if the child resides in Texas; or
  7. Is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as:
    1. A peace officer under Government Code 3106.002;
    2. A firefighter under Government Code 3106.003; or
    3. An emergency medical first responder under Government Code 3106.004.

Parent Election

Notice

Half-Day or Full-Day

Transportation

High-Quality Prekindergarten Required

Exemption

  1. The district would be required to construct classroom facilities in order to provide prekindergarten classes; or
  2. Implementing any part of this section would result in fewer eligible children being enrolled in a prekindergarten class under this section.

A district may not receive an exemption unless the district has solicited proposals for partnerships with public or private entities regarding prekindergarten classes required under this section in accordance with guidance provided by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and considered submitted proposals at a public meeting. A decision of the board regarding a partnership described by this provision is final.

Constructing, Repurposing, or Leasing a Facility

  1. Are a Texas Rising Star Program provider with a three-star certification or higher;
  2. Are nationally accredited;
  3. Are a Head Start program provider;
  4. Are a Texas School Ready! participant; or
  5. Meet the requirements under Education Code 29.1532.

Tuition-Supported or District-Financed

  1. An additional half-day of prekindergarten classes to children eligible for free prekindergarten who are under four years of age; and
  2. Half-day and full-day prekindergarten classes to children not eligible for free prekindergarten.

Program Design

Shared Site

Prekindergarten Licensing Standards

Daily Physical Activity

High-Quality Prekindergarten Program

Curriculum Requirements

  1. Includes the prekindergarten guidelines established by TEA;
  2. Measures the progress of students in meeting the recommended learning outcomes; and
  3. Does not use national curriculum standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Teacher Requirements

  1. A Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or another early childhood education credential approved by TEA;
  2. Certification offered through a training center accredited by Association Montessori Internationale or through the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education;
  3. At least eight years' experience of teaching in a nationally accredited child-care program;
  4. A graduate or undergraduate degree in early childhood education or early childhood special education or a non-early childhood education degree with a documented minimum of 15 units of coursework in early childhood education;
  5. Documented completion of the Texas School Ready Training Program (TSR Comprehensive);
  6. Be employed as a prekindergarten teacher in a district that has met the requirements of 19 Administrative Code 102.1003(d)(6); or
  7. An equivalent qualification.

Family Engagement Plan

Report and Evaluation

  1. Select and implement appropriate methods for evaluating the district's high-quality prekindergarten program by measuring student progress; and
  2. Make data from the results of program evaluations available to parents.

Eligible Private Providers

  1. Be accredited by a research-based, nationally recognized, and universally accessible accreditation system approved by the commissioner;
  2. Be a Texas Rising Star Program provider with a three-star certification or higher;
  3. Be a Texas School Ready! participant;
  4. Have an existing partnership with a district to provide a prekindergarten program not provided under Subchapter E-1; or
  5. Be accredited by an organization that is recognized by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission.

Prekindergarten Expansion Grant

Ready to Read Grant

  1. Professional staff development in pre-reading instruction;
  2. Pre-reading curriculum and materials;
  3. Pre-reading skills assessment materials; and
  4. Employment of pre-reading instructors.

Statewide Information Referral Network

Valley Mills ISD

EHBG(LEGAL)-P

UPDATE 118

DATE ISSUED: 10/18/2021