HISD offers high-quality instruction to help young learners reach their full potential
Give your child a head start by enrolling them in prekindergarten now.
Pre-K is just as necessary for academic success as kindergarten or first grade, research shows. Not only will your child be more successful in school, but they will be more likely to graduate high school, attend college, and earn higher wages as an adult.
While all children benefit from pre-K, disadvantaged and low-income students often make the most gains. Children who are dual-language learners develop English-language proficiency and other valuable skills. Research shows that children who have enrolled in pre-K gain an advantage over their peers in the classroom.
HISD offers both free and tuition-based pre-K at many schools, as well as early childhood centers. All pre-K students in the district receive breakfast and lunch during a full day of instruction from certified teachers.
To be eligible for free enrollment (non-tuition-based pre-K), your child must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018, and live within the boundaries of HISD. Additional requirements can be found here, as well as the district’s policy on 3-year-olds.
If your child is eligible, contact the school you would like them to attend and find out if there are pre-K seats available. If no seats are available, contact other HISD schools near your home or workplace, a list of which is available here. HISD is an open-enrollment district, which means that you are not restricted to your neighborhood school but can enroll your child in any elementary school or early childhood center with space available. HISD is expanding its full-day pre-K program at Woodson PK-5 Leadership Academy to provide more students in the Sunnyside community with the opportunity to attend a high-quality program. See the full story here.
Complete an application (available here), and take it to the school, along with your child’s birth certificate, your photo ID, proof of residency (utility bill), and proof of income (current check stub). For tuition-based pre-K, a 10-month payment plan of $508.90 a month ($5,089 annually) is available. Find out more about tuition-based pre-K here.
We encourage you to enroll your child and reap the proven benefits of a pre-K education. For more information or for help registering for the upcoming school year, please call your neighborhood school or visit the Early Childhood website at www.houstonisd.org/PreK.