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Early Childhood and Prekindergarten Programs

Providing Houston's young people with the best education available anywhere requires beginning the learning process as early as possible.

That’s why HISD began offering full-day prekindergarten programs to all eligible children in 2005.

To be eligible for enrollment in a district prekindergarten program, a child must:

  • Be four years of age on or before September 1 of a given school year
  • Live within the boundaries of the Houston Independent School District

AND meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be homeless
  • Be unable to speak or understand English
  • Be economically disadvantaged
  • Be the child of an active-duty member of the U.S. military or one who has been killed, injured, or missing in action while on active duty

Three-year-old children may also be eligible to enroll in a prekindergarten program if they turned three either on or before September 1 of a given school year and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Are homeless
  • Are unable to speak or understand English
  • Are economically disadvantaged
  • Are the child of an active-duty member of the U.S. military or one who has been killed, injured, or missing in action while on active duty

HISD also offers prekindergarten on a tuition basis to students who do not meet the eligibility requirements to attend prekindergarten for free.

Click the links at right for additional information.