partnering with Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Books
Between Kids, PNC Bank, St. James Family Life Center and the Waltrip Family
Foundation to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to up to 5,000 children
Imagination Library is a book gifting program that provides free books to
children from birth to age 5 in participating communities within the United
States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Ireland. Dolly Parton launched
Imagination Library in 1995 to foster a love of reading among her home county’s
preschool children. Today, the program gifts over a million books to children
around the world each month.
Part of Dolly
Parton’s Imagination Library, the “Book a Month” program will provide young
Houstonians access to books by mailing a book directly to their home each month
until the child turns 5. Families who either reside or attend a school in the
following zip codes can sign up to participate in the program: 77009, 77011,
77012, 77017, 77020, 77022, 77029 and 77087. The first book each child will
receive via mail will be Dolly Parton’s favorite—The Little Engine That
HIPPY is a school readiness program for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children that helps parents prepare their preschoolers for academic success. Instructors virtually instruct parents for an hour a week over a 30-week period during the school year, and model research-based learning activities designed to help Pre-K children develop skills in reading, math, and science.
practice the activities with their children over the week until they learn a
new activity during the next lesson. Children whose parents participate in the
program consistently outperform their peers in reading and math in
kindergarten and first grade.
HISD is currently enrolling for its full-day pre-K program at
schools across the district, offering more 3- and 4-year-old students in the
community with the opportunity to attend a high-quality program that will build
a strong foundation of learning.
Space in HISD pre-kindergarten
programs is limited, and parents are encouraged to secure their child’s seat
for the 2020-2021 school year as soon as possible. Children must live within
HISD boundaries but do not have to be zoned to a specific campus to attend a
pre-K program. To begin the enrollment process:
winners of the HISD and myON Reader by
Renaissance Reading Initiative’s second annual Read to Succeed Competition
have been announced.
competition is hosted in partnership with myOn, an online literacy platform, and encourages
pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students to compete against each
other to see who read myON books for the most number of
The 2019-2020 Houston Independent School District educators of the year were announced during surprise home visits, including visits by Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan at the homes of the elementary and secondary teachers of the year and beginning teachers of the year.
The visits took place on Wednesday, May 6, and Thursday, May
7, during Teacher Appreciation Week and included yard signs, balloons, and gift
baskets near the front doors of the educators who were asked to come outside
for the announcements, in keeping with safe social distancing practices.
finalists have been named as HISD’s 2019-2020 Elementary and Secondary Teachers
of the Year. The two winners will go on to represent the district in Region IV.
The 12 finalists were selected from all 280 schools based on performance data
and other criteria.
Houston Independent School District is committed to providing instructional
resources to parents of students with disabilities during this time away from
school buildings as well as multiple ways to engage children in meaningful
has updated the special education section of the HISD @ H.O.M.E page to enhance the organization of resources and
tools for virtual instruction.
example, if a student is accessing learning in a Structured Learning Class
(SLC), there is a section with resources specific to students being served in
this setting. There are also sections for additional placements to include:
Preschoolers Achieving Learning Skills (PALS), Preparing Students for
Independence (PSI), Skills for Learning and Living (SLL), and Structured
Learning Class- Alternative (SLC-Alt).
the districtwide closure and current restrictions involving social distancing
to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the application process for pre-K is now online
currently accepting applications for its full-day pre-K program at schools
across the district, offering more 3- and 4-year-old students in our community
with the opportunity to attend a high-quality program that will build a strong
foundation of learning.
Due to precautions surrounding the coronavirus, pre-K application
and enrollment timelines have been adjusted:
HISD is collaborating with Good Reason Houston to promote an opportunity for families to enroll their eligible 3 and 4-year-olds into prekindergarten.
HISD and Good Reason Houston, a local nonprofit dedicated to creating a future where every child excels in world-class public schools, will be hosting a Pre-K Enrollment Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Delmar Stadium (2020 Mangum Rd., 77092), which will allow families to learn about the prekindergarten programs across the district. Additionally, HISD and Good Reason Houston will also host a second Pre-K Festival in June.
Families will be able to talk directly with program leaders and administration and apply for pre-K programs on the spot for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Texas Children’s Hospital mobile clinic will provide free vaccinations to children 0-18 who do not have insurance and the Ronald McDonald Mobile Dentistry unit will be on site to do free dental checkups.
School Choice Fair scheduled for Feb. 15 at Northside HS
To enroll students in any HISD pre-K program for 3- and 4-year-olds for the 2020-2021 school year, parents will need to submit an application by Feb. 28, 2020 for Phase 1. Parents can also apply in-person at campuses.