Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Contact Information

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A. Eligibility

At this time, we are opening pre-registration for qualifying students on May 1st. In the coming months, we will reevaluate the offering for a tuition based full day PreKinder program at some campuses and the number of spaces available for students.

Qualifying Students:

  • 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020 (cannot already be 5, and is not provided to 3 years old)
  • Educationally Disadvantaged (Income Eligible) or
  • Unable to speak or comprehend the English language or
  • Homeless or
  • Under the care of DPS/ Foster care or
  • The child of an active duty member of the US Armed Forces or
  • The child of a family member that was killed or injured during active military duty or
  • Is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award

B. Benefits and Class Sizes

What are the benefits of a Full Day PreK program?

It is a high quality program with a certified teacher and an Instructional Assistant in each classroom. Our staff receive professional development in early literacy and the ten domains per the TEA PreK Guidelines.

The schedule includes time for math, literacy, science, social studies, recess, music & movement, snack and rest time.

What is the ratio of adults to children in the classroom? And how many students will be in the classroom? 

Ratio is 1:11 with 22 students in the classroom

C. Hours/Calendar/Daily Routine/Transportation

What are the daily hours of the PreK program and does it follow the standard NISD Calendar?

The hours are the same as the regular elementary school day - 7:45am-2:55pm and follows the NISD school year calendar.  The NISD calendar can be found at


How late can I pick up my child? Is After School Care provided?

If your child is not enrolled in extended after-school care, you will need to pick up your child at regular dismissal time which is 2: 55pm. 

Learning Tree:  (extended day program for NISD)

Qualifying Students:
  • Learning Tree is free for qualifying students
  • Register for Learning Tree at campus
  • Pick up required by 6:30 pm
  • Cost for late pick ups

Will transportation be provided for my PreK child if my child attends a campus within my zoned boundary? 

Any enrolled student meeting the criteria for transportation will receive bus service.


How can I find out what time the bus will be picking up and dropping off my child?

Transportation Dept. will make those plans and contact families as the school year approaches.

 D. Costs - Tuition and Meals

How do I qualify my child for free, full-day PreK?

For those that feel they will qualify for PreK:
  • Collect your required documents
  • Complete the Online Registration at:
  • Contact the Home  Campus for qualification Appt.
  • Appointments on campuses will begin when schools reopen
  • Testing for Language begins once schools reopen

Are meals provided?  If so, what is the cost?

At this time, pre-kinder students will pay for their own meals.   Costs can be found on the NISD Child Nutrition site at

What other costs can parents expect to pay?  

Families will be asked to pay a few supplies such as a rest mat and towel/blanket for their child. School supply starter kits are provided for all qualifying students.

E. Locations

Which campuses are offering full-day PreK in NISD?

Full Day PreKinder locations will be determined at a later date.


F. Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs

Bilingual: Allen, Burke, Esparza,  Fisher, Glenn, Howsman, Hull, Leon Valley, Martin, Passmore, Westwood Terrace

ESL: Adams Hill, Colonies North, Thornton

Bil & ESL: Cable, Glenoaks, McDermott, Mead, Nichols, Villarreal, 

G. Contact Information

Who do I contact for more information and additional questions?

Please contact our PreK information line:

Why doesn’t my home campus offer full day PreK?

NISD is committed to offering full day PreK to all qualifying students. In 2019-2020, 35 schools offered full day PreK. In 2020-2021, an additional 16 campuses (view them above) will offer a full day program, with more anticipated in 2021-22. High needs areas are given priority.