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Registration is open for pre-K students  

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.

HISD expands free, full-day pre-K program at Woodson PK-5

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.   Continue reading

Parents encouraged to register for pre-K during Week of the Young Child on April 16-20 

The Houston Independent School District is encouraging parents to register early for pre-K for the 2018-2019 school year during the Week of the Young Child, which is April 16 through 20.

Pre-registration will still be available before and after this week, but schools are celebrating the Week of the Young Child as a formal window for pre-K roundup and to showcase HISD programs and celebrate the district’s young learners. The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Finding a program

To locate an Early Childhood Center or an HISD Elementary School, visit HoustonISD.org/FindASchool. Filter your search by clicking the PK grade level button in the Advanced Search. You may also email the HISD Early Childhood Curriculum Department at Curriculum@HoustonISD.org. Continue reading

Superintendent joins Children At Risk to highlight positive impact of Pre-K education 

Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza, together with superintendents from surrounding districts, joined Children At Risk on Tuesday for a press conference to bring awareness to the positive impact of early childhood education on student learning.

Children At Risk is part of a multitude of community groups that are calling on state lawmakers to put more funding into Pre-K programming. They are taking action because the state’s Pre-K grant program, which started in 2015, is not fully funded in this year’s budget legislation.   Continue reading

HISD Early Child, Pre-K Programs Recognize ‘Week of the Young Child’

HISD schools that have early child and pre-school programs are recognizing The Week of the Young Child from April 14-20, 2013 with student projects, special events and parades. The annual celebration is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

At HISD’s Ninfa Laurenzo Early Childhood Center, students will be taking part in the school’s fourth annual Student Expo on Wednesday, April 17. Parents will have the opportunity to tour the hallways of the school to view classroom projects. Each classroom was responsible for researching and creating a group project on a different zoo animal.

“At Ninfa Laurenzo we lay the building blocks of learning for our children by going beyond the ABC’s and 123’s,” said Principal Maria Lopez-Rogina. “We also prepare them to apply what they have learned through classroom projects.”

Ninfa Laurenzo is one of seven HISD early childhood centers located throughout the city to serve the district’s youngest students. The others centers include Bellfort, Farias, Halpin, Mistral, Neff and The Martin Luther King Jr. Early Childhood Center.

“At MLK we play with a purpose,” said Principal Gabriella Coleman. “We are focused on making sure our students are provided with experiences that focus on building skills that will help them become better readers, better mathematicians and better scientists.”

Watch an example of how HISD’s Early Childhood Center work to educate children beginning at a young age in the video below.

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In addition, many HISD elementary schools offer prekindergarten programs. For parents whose children do not meet the eligibility requirements to attend prekindergarten for free, HISD offers the program for a nominal tuition. For more information and a list of HISD schools that offer a prekindergarten program, click here.

HISD also offers parents zoned to 11 elementary school campuses the opportunity to participate in the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters program, also known as HIPPY. The HIPPY program is free and offers parents of three, four, and five-year-olds at home instruction on how to encourage and develop their child’s potential. Campuses that offer the HIPPY Program are:

• Brookline
• Coop
• DeChaumes
• De Zavala
• Farias
• Foster
• Garcia
• Garden Oaks
• JR Harris
• Lantrip
• Roosevelt