EHBG(LEGAL) -

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

Tuition-Free

Exemption

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, as defined by federal law [see FD(LEGAL)], 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
  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.

Notice

Half-Day Basis

Transportation

Tuition-Supported Or District-Financed

  1. An additional half-day of prekindergarten classes to children eligible for free prekindergarten; and
  2. Half-day and full-day prekindergarten classes to children not eligible for free prekindergarten.

Program Design

Daily Physical Activity

High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program

Eligibility for Funding

  1. Implement a curriculum for a high-quality prekindergarten grant program that addresses all of the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (updated 2015) in the domains identified in 19 Administrative Code 102.1003(c).
  2. Measure the progress of each student in meeting the recommended end of prekindergarten year outcomes identified in the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines, and the preparation of each student for kindergarten using a kindergarten readiness instrument for reading as described in Education Code 28.006.
  3. Develop, implement, and make available on the district or campus website a family engagement plan to assist the district in achieving and maintaining high levels of family involvement and positive family attitudes toward education. [See Family Engagement Plan, below]

Qualifying Students

  1. Is unable to speak and comprehend the English language;
  2. Is educationally disadvantaged;
  3. Is a homeless child, as defined by 42 U.S.C. § 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;
  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; or
  6. Is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services following an adversary hearing held as provided by Family Code 262.201.

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.
  1. The curriculum used in the high-quality prekindergarten program classes as required by 19 Administrative Code 102.1003(c);
  2. A description and the results of each prekindergarten instrument used in the high-quality prekindergarten program classes as required by 19 Administrative Code 102.1003(d);
  3. A description of each kindergarten readiness instrument used in the district to measure the effectiveness of the district's high-quality prekindergarten program classes as required by 19 Administrative Code 102.1003(d); and
  4. The results for at least 95 percent of the district's kindergarten students on the kindergarten readiness instrument.

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;
  5. Documented completion of the Texas School Ready Training Program; or
  6. Be employed as a prekindergarten teacher in a district that has ensured that:
    1. Prior to assignment in a prekindergarten class, teachers who provide prekindergarten instruction have completed at least 150 cumulative hours of documented professional development addressing all ten domains in the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines that were approved prior to 2015 in addition to other relevant topics related to high-quality prekindergarten over a consecutive five-year period;
    2. Teachers who have not completed training required above prior to assignment in a prekindergarten class complete:
      1. The first 30 hours of 150 cumulative hours of documented professional development addressing all ten domains in the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (updated 2015) in addition to other relevant topics related to high-quality prekindergarten before the end of the 2016–17 school year; and
      2. Complete the additional hours in the subsequent four years in order to continue providing instruction in a high-quality prekindergarten classroom; and
    3. At least half of the hours required above shall include experiential learning, practical application, and direct interaction with specialists in early childhood education or instructional coaches.

Family Engagement Plan

Program Evaluation

  1. Select and implement appropriate methods for evaluating the district's program classes 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

Shared Site

Prekindergarten Licensing Standards

Lumberton ISD

EHBG(LEGAL)-P

UPDATE 109

DATE ISSUED: 10/30/2017