NISD teachers and campuses are anxious to welcome new Pre-K students for the 2021-2022 school year. Schools are open and there is a seat for every Pre-K child who qualifies. Registration begins April 1.
“We are excited to welcome our new Pre-K students and want to ensure our parents that they will be nurtured in safe and inviting classrooms by teachers who inspire discovery and a love of learning,” says Dr. Brian Woods, NISD Superintendent.
NISD is expanding its number of Full Day Pre-Kindergarten campuses. Full-day Pre-K will now be offered at 41 campuses, with half-day Pre-K programming at 30 campuses. Click here for a list of campuses.
Why consider Pre-K?
Studies have found that children who attended high-quality Pre-K programs were less likely to be placed in special education, less likely to be retained in a grade, and more likely to graduate from high school than peers who did not attend such programs. The early years are critical in laying the groundwork for literacy learning.
“By offering an expanded Pre-K program with skilled and highly-qualified educators who are certified in early childhood, we are able to provide a solid academic foundation for these students as well as help them develop social and emotional tools in order to be successful in school,” Woods explains.
How to qualify
To qualify for free Pre-Kindergarten, a child must be four-years-old on or before Sept. 1. They also must be one of the following: educationally disadvantaged (income eligible), limited English speaker, homeless, currently or previously under the care of DFPS/Foster Care, a child of an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces, the child of a family member that was killed or injured during active military duty, or the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas award.
Pre-registration for those who qualify for free Pre-Kindergarten is currently ongoing. If you feel you qualify, click here to register for the 2021-2022 school year.