Register your Child in Pre-K Today!

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Why is early childhood education important?


Quality early childhood education programs are especially important as an estimated 90% of brain development occurs by age 5. Research shows that enrollment in quality programs increases kindergarten readiness rates and subsequent academic achievement. To learn more about how to register your child in Pre-K please click here.

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How do I check if my child is eligible for free Pre-K programs?


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Quality early childhood education sets the stage for a child’s future learning and academic success. Registering your child for Pre-K early is important to secure a seat in a classroom for the 2016-2017 school year.

To qualify for free public Pre-K, a child must be at least 3 or 4 years of age (depending on the district) and meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Economically disadvantaged (eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program)

  • Unable to speak and understand the English language

  • Homeless

  • A child of a member of the United States armed forces (active, deceased or injured)

  • Has ever been in state foster care

If your child is eligible for public Pre-K please visit the website of the district you live in (listed below) to learn more about how to register for Pre-K and the type of programs they offer. If your child is not eligible for Pre-K or the program available doesn’t meet your families’ needs please click here to learn about other options.

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What if my child is not eligible?


In search for the right early learning and care program for your family, there are many factors to consider and many types of care available. To learn more about what to consider when choosing a center, use a parent’s guide to choosing quality childcare (pdf) as a resource.

Once you have determined the type of early learning program that is right for your family, you may locate local programs through the following links:

  • Head Start and
    Early Start

    Learn more about enrollment and eligibility

  • Tuition-based
    Pre-K

    Currently available at Cedar Hill ISD, DeSoto ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, and Lancaster ISD

  • Child Care
    Centers

    Locate child care centers near you; NAC, NAEYC and Texas Rising Star – 4 stars are considered highest quality.

  • Home Care
    Sites

    Find licensed home care sites by clicking here

Home visiting services are programs where a trained professional helps answer questions about pregnancy or raising children, and can help you find services to support your family. To find a program near you, use the ChildCareGroup home visiting matching system as a resource.

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How can I help spread the word?


In Dallas County today, 34,000 eligible 3- and 4-year-olds are not enrolled in public Pre-K or Head Start. Last year, 1,300 additional students enrolled in Pre-K as a result of 100 community partners and five school districts working together to raise awareness. This year, nine districts have aligned and we need your help to get the word out!

To help raise awareness about Pre-K registration week, please click here. Sign-up today to support districts’ registration efforts by distributing flyers with information about how to register for Pre-K in your community.

Pre-K Campaign 2016

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Thank you to Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas for supporting this year’s Pre-K campaign.