Steps for Enrollment:
- Read the eligibility requirements to determine if your child qualifies for pre-k.
- Complete the online enrollment form through txConnect or visit any elementary school for more information.
- Find the elementary school nearest to you using Infofinder.
- Bring the required eligibility and enrollment documents to your nearest elementary school to determine qualification for pre-k.
Required Documentation for Pre-k Registration
Big Ideas in Prekindergarten
- Clarity in written and spoken language, along with critical listening, demonstrates effective communication.
- Reading a wide variety of genres expands understanding of the world, its people, and oneself.
- Numerical Fluency is the wise and appropriate use of numbers and operations with flexibility, accuracy, and efficiency.
- Communicate using the language of mathematics and mathematical tools to organize their understanding of concepts.
- People develop, learn, and adapt cultures to create who we are and shape our communities.
- Science is a way of knowing and learning about the natural world and may not answer all questions.
Activities to help prepare your child for prekindergarten in Leander ISD
- Read to and talk with your child each day.
- Have your child practice writing his/her name, using a capital letter only for the first letter.
- Have your child count objects around the house.
- Help your child identify and name the colors.
- Have your child look for and name letters and numbers everywhere.
- Have your child color, cut and glue.
- Have your child play board, educational computer, and card games.
- Have your child participate in physical activities outdoors and in imaginative play, like dress up, kitchen, or building with blocks.
- Help your child develop good toileting skills.
- Hug your child each day.
Who can attend PreK in Leander ISD?
To be eligible for enrollment in a prekindergarten class, a child must be 4 years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year and be one or more of the following:
- unable to speak and comprehend the English language; or
- eligible to participate in the national free / reduced meal program based on family income; or
- homeless, as defined by 42 U.S.C. Section 1143a, regardless of the residence of the child, of either parent of the child, or of the child’s guardian or other person having lawful control of the child; or
- the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority; or
- the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty; or
- has ever been in the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code; or
- the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award under Section 3106.002, Section 3106.003, or Section 3106.004, Government Code.
Can non-qualifying children attend PreK? Do you offer tuition-based PreK?
No, not at this time in Leander ISD.
We do offer a free early childhood school readiness program called Parents as Teachers to families who live within the boundaries of following elementary schools: Bagdad, Camacho, Faubion, Giddens, Knowles, Mason, Plain, Pleasant Hill, Reed and Whitestone.
If your child’s first language is Spanish and would attend one of the bilingual campuses (Bagdad, Knowles, Reed, Whitestone), your family also qualifies for Parents as Teachers.
Do you offer PreK for 3-year-olds?
No, not at this time in Leander ISD. Parents as Teachers serves families with children ages birth to five
I have developmental concerns about my child, can he/she attend PreK?
If you have a developmental concern about your child, please call our free developmental screening program, Child Find, at 512-570-0350. If your child qualifies for PreK regardless of if you have developmental concerns, your child may attend PreK. See the qualifications listed in question one.
What schools have PreK in Leander ISD?
We offer PreK at 6 elementary schools: Bagdad, Block House Creek, Faubion, Giddens, Grandview Hills, and Reed.
Why doesn’t my home/zoned school offer PreK?
In 2017 Leander ISD created PreK Communities, worlds for 4-year-olds, to better meet the unique needs of our young learners. In PreK communities, several surrounding schools come to one school for PreK where teachers collaborate in a team to provide engaging and enriching early childhood experiences. After PreK, your child will return to their home campus for kindergarten through 5thgrade.
What are the hours for PreK?
We offer half-day PreK in Leander ISD. The morning session is 7:25-10:30 and the afternoon session is 11:45-2:50. The determination of a morning or afternoon session for your child depends on your home/zoned school, the balance of class sizes, and whether you require transportation.
Why can’t everyone attend PreK?
The state of Texas funds half-day PreK for qualifying students in all school districts in Texas. School districts can determine whether they provide PreK for non-qualifying students.
Can my child ride the bus to PreK?
Yes, we provide transportation one way for all children in PreK and two ways for children who live outside of the walking zone for the PreK Community campus.
Do PreK students eat breakfast and lunch?
For the 2018-2019 school year, the USDA and Texas Department of Agriculture have provided free breakfast or lunch to all PreK students regardless of free/reduced lunch status.
Does my child need to be potty-trained to attend PreK?
No, your child does not need to be potty-trained. The teacher will work with each family on an individual basis to help your child become successfully independent at school.
Pre-k Program: (512) 570-0320
School Breakfast/Lunch: (512) 570-0670
Transportation: (512) 570-0700
Volunteering: (512) 570-0029
Campus/District Information: (512) 570-0000
If you have concerns about your child’s growth and development, please call Child Find at (512) 570-0352.