Is Your Child Eligible? Use the Pre-K Eligibility Screener

Austin ISD Pre-K3

Austin ISD Pre-K3 is available for free for children who are eligible. We also offer tuition-based Pre-K for students who don't meet the qualifications for district-supported Pre-K3. Not all AISD schools offer Pre-K3, and not all offer tuition-based Pre-K3. Locations Map with Programs >

pre-k3 ELIGIBILITY process

Step 1: Eligibility

Are you eligible for district-supported (Free) Pre-K3?

  1. Use the Pre-K Eligibility Screener to determine eligibility.
  2. Not eligible for district-supported Pre-K? Register for tuition-based Pre-K3.

Step 2: Review

The Early Childhood staff will review submitted screener and request supporting documents:

  1. Proof of Income: Most recent pay stub or unemployment statement, worker's compensation, disability payment, or no income statement
  2. SNAP, TANF, or Medicaid Benefits: Most recent proof of benefits to include effective dates, case number, and child's name
  3. Military Service: Statement of Service, Letter from Veterans Affairs stating eligibility for disability or Letter from Commanding Officer. Do NOT upload copies of Department of Defense identification
  4. Foster Care: DFPS Verification Letter of PreK Eligibility or other documentation of foster care.
  5. Star of Texas Award: Certificate or Letter from Governor or state representative

Step 3: Documentation

Families will scan or take a picture of requested documents and upload them to a Pre-K Eligibility Documentation Request Google form.

Step 4: Verify

Early Childhood staff will verify PreK eligibility and notify families. 

Step 5: Campus Registration

Families will complete registration paperwork online or with the campus.

 

Pre-K3 Curriculum at AISD

Austin ISD follows the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines and uses Teaching Strategies research-based The Creative Curriculum for all our Pre-K students.

The Creative Curriculum helps Pre-K students achieve positive outcomes through learning experiences that are engaging and relevant to their lives. It features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, and supports the district objective to teach the whole child with a focus on social and emotional learning.

Pre-K3 students receive instruction that is: 

  • Innovative: delivering cutting-edge resources that are unique, effective, and based on the latest research.
  • Responsive: including solutions that address educators’ challenges and help create a responsive learning environment.
  • Supportive: providing robust guidance to support each educator’s professional journey.
  • Comprehensive: aligning to all state early learning guidelines and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
  • Developmentally Appropriate: promoting learning experiences designed for each age-group and flexibly tailored to each child’s needs with high-quality, research-based resources.

 

Sample pre-k3 Schedule

Schedules vary from campus to campus, so please be sure to check with your child's school for specifics.

  • 7:30–8 a.m., Arrival
    Breakfast in the classroom, Welcome Ritual and Arrival Procedures Children sign in and participate in table activities.
  • 8–8:15 a.m., Circle Time #1
    Read aloud, shared writing, math, science, and other content-based activities.
  • 8:15–9:30 a.m., Learning centers and small groups
    Children work in free-choice centers. Teacher works with small groups throughout the morning.
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m., Circle Time #2
    Read aloud, shared writing, math, science, and other content-based activities.
  • 9:45–10:15 a.m., Outside play
    Children participate in unstructured and free-choice outdoor play. Sand, water, musical instruments, and other materials/activities are provided.
  • 10:15–10:30 a.m., Story time
    Children participate in active story time, including songs, chants and dance. Children prepare for lunch and dismissal.
  • 10:30–11 a.m., Lunch
    The teaching assistant and the Pre-K lunch monitor sit with children to assist with the meal and model appropriate behavior.
  • 11-11:12 a.m. End of the Day Review & Dismissal

 

Locations

For help locating your zoned school by address School Finder.

Map of Pre-K3 Schools

Half-day Pre-K3 (tuition-based)

  • Allison
  • Blanton
  • Cunningham
  • Dawson
  • Jordan
  • Kocurek
  • Perez
  • Pillow
  • Sunset Valley
  • Travis Heights
  • Uphaus Early Childhood Center*
  • Williams
  • Winn Montessori
  • Zavala

*Pre-K3 students at the following schools are served at partner campuses:

  • Blazier and Linder (served at Uphaus Early Childhood Center)

HALF-day Pre-K3 (district-supported)

  • Allison
  • Barrington
  • Blanton
  • Boone
  • Casey
  • Cunningham
  • Dawson
  • Harris
  • Houston
  • Jordan
  • Kocurek
  • McBee
  • Odom
  • Padron
  • Patton
  • Perez
  • Pickle
  • Pillow
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Sunset Valley
  • Travis Heights
  • Uphaus Early Childhood Center*
  • Walnut Creek
  • Widén
  • Williams
  • Wooldridge
  • Wooten
  • Zavala

*Pre-K3 students at the following schools are served at partner campuses:

  • Blazier and Linder (served at Uphaus Early Childhood Center)

Full-day Pre-K3 (district-supported)

Head Start (HS), Child INC (CI), Foundation Communities (FC)

  • Andrews (FC)
  • Cook (CI)
  • Galindo (CI)
  • Graham (CI)
  • Guerrero Thompson (HS)
  • Harris (CI)
  • Jordan (HS)
  • Langford (HS)
  • Metz (HS)
  • Norman-Sims (CI)
  • Oak Springs (HS)
  • Ortega (CI)
  • Overton (HS)
  • Palm (CI)
  • Pecan Springs (CI)
  • Rodriguez (HS)
  • St. Elmo (FC)
  • Uphaus Early Childhood Center (HS)(CI)
  • Walnut Creek (CI)

 

Featured Video

A Day in the Life of Pre-K at Austin ISD