EHBG(LEGAL) - SPECIAL PROGRAMS: PREKINDERGARTEN

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

Tuition-Free

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
  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 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.

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 the Texas Education Agency (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. Be employed as a prekindergarten teacher in a district that has received approval from the commissioner for the district's prekindergarten-specific instructional training plan that the teacher uses in the teacher's prekindergarten classroom; or
  5. An equivalent qualification.

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

Edna ISD

EHBG(LEGAL)-P

UPDATE 114

DATE ISSUED: 10/14/2019