NISD Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday night to expand the District’s Full Day Pre-Kindergarten programs to 28 additional campuses making a total of 33 campuses with full day Pre-K. In addition, the District will also offer a limited number of tuition-based slots for non-qualifying families.
The district will continue to offer half-day Pre-K programming at 35 campuses.
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 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,” says Dr. Brian Woods, NISD Superintendent. “We hope to continue to expand our offerings as the demand dictates.”
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, under the care of DPS/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 2019-2020 school year.
To be considered for a tuition-based slot, a child must be four-years-old on or before Sept. 1, a resident of Northside ISD, complete the application before the deadline for Priority Consideration in the Lottery, pay the registration fee, and maintain current registration paperwork.
Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 18, a link will be provided at https://nisd.net/prekinder for families interested in applying for the full day program. Once the application is accepted, the formal online registration piece must be completed within a week of acceptance on the online registration system at https://nisd.net/student-registration. Families will be notified by early May if they have been accepted.