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Your child's journey to Pre-K starts here. Still accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year.

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Register and Apply for Pre-K for the Fall 2024!

Your child's journey to Pre-K starts here. Now accepting applications for the Fall 2024-25 school year. Learn more about our new student enrollment process. To learn about the Pre-K application process, please see general information and frequently asked questions. 

When can families apply for Pre-K?

Priority Registration:  

  • Starts November 8, 2023 through February 6, 2024
  • April 1, 2024 families can begin to upload eligibility documents 

It is highly recommended that families register for Pre-K during Priority Registration to hold your child’s seat until enrollment documents are reviewed in April.

General Registration:  

  • Starts April 2–August 5 

Sign up for Pre-K updates 

Learn more about how to qualify for free Pre-K 

Please call 512-414-SEAT (7328) for questions regarding registration.      

For questions about Pre-K eligibility, please submit a Let’s Talk

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. View Pre-K3 Program Options >

pre-k3 ELIGIBILITY process

Learn more about eligibility for free Pre-K

Pre-K3 Curriculum at AISD

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

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


Featured Video

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