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

Austin ISD Pre-K4

Austin ISD Pre-K4 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-K. Not all AISD schools offer Pre-K4, and not all offer tuition-based Pre-K4. Locations are listed on this page.

pre-k4 ELIGIBILITY process

Step 1: Eligibility

Are you eligible for district-supported (Free) Pre-K4?

  1. Use the Pre-K Eligibility Screener to determine eligibility.
  2. Not eligible for district-supported Pre-K? Register for tuition-based Pre-K4.

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-K4 Curriculum at AISD

Austin ISD follows the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines and uses Scholastic's research-based Big Day for Pre-K curriculum for all our Pre-K students.

The Scholastic Big Day 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-K students receive instruction in core competencies including literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, technology, health, visual arts, music and physical education. Emphasis is also placed on problem-solving, interest and joy in learning, self-expression and divergent thinking, personal responsibility, self-control and feelings of security and success.

 

Sample Schedule

Morning

  • 7:30-8 a.m., Arrival and Oral language development
  • Breakfast in the classroom, Welcome Ritual, Arrival Procedures
  • 8-8:15 a.m., Circle Time; Language Arts
  • Read aloud, shared reading, write aloud and shared writing
  • 8:15–9:15 a.m., Centers/Small Groups
  • Children work in free-choice centers. Teachers work with children in small groups.
  • 9:15–9:30 a.m., Circle Time; Mathematics
  • Children learn basic math concepts in whole group with a more focused lesson conducted in small groups. Teachers reinforce math skills in centers and throughout the day.
  • 9:30–10:30 a.m., Centers/Small Groups
  • Children learn basic math concepts in whole group with a more focused lesson conducted in small groups. Teachers reinforce math skills in centers and throughout the day.
  • 10:30–11 a.m., Lunch
  • 11–11:30 a.m., Outside P.E. or music movement
  • Children participate in unstructured and free-choice outdoor play. Sand, water, musical instruments, and other materials/activities are provided

Mid-Morning to Early Afternoon

  • 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Rest/Quiet Reading or Other Quiet Activity
  • 12:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Circle Time; Science
  • Children participate in hands-on activities that are inquiry based.
  • 12:30–1:30 p.m., Center time
  • Children work in free-choice centers. Teachers work with small groups.
  • 1:30–2 p.m., Recess
  • 2–2:15 p.m., Circle Time; Review the Day
  • 2:15–2:23 p.m., Dismissal

 

Locations

full-day Pre-K4 (tuition-based)

  • Allison
  • Baldwin
  • Barrington
  • Bear Creek
  • Becker
  • Blackshear
  • Blanton
  • Boone
  • Brentwood*
  • Campbell
  • Casey
  • Casis
  • Cook
  • Cowan
  • Cunningham
  • Davis
  • Dawson
  • Doss
  • Galindo
  • Govalle
  • Graham
  • Guerrero Thompson
  • Gullett
  • Kiker
  • Harris
  • Hill
  • Jordan
  • Joslin
  • Kocurek
  • Maplewood*
  • Mathews
  • McBee
  • Menchaca
  • Mills
  • Norman
  • Odom
  • Ortega
  • Overton
  • Palm
  • Patton
  • Pecan Springs
  • Perez
  • Pillow
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Reilly
  • Ridgetop
  • St. Elmo
  • Summitt
  • Sunset Valley
  • Travis Heights
  • Uphaus Early Childhood Center*
  • Walnut Creek
  • Williams
  • Winn Montessori
  • Wooten
  • Zavala
  • Zilker*

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

  • Baranoff (served at Menchaca)
  • Barton Hills (served at Zilker)
  • Blazier (served at Uphaus Early Childhood Center)
  • Bryker Woods (served at Brentwood)
  • Clayton (served at Kiker)
  • Highland Park (served at Brentwood)
  • Lee (served at Maplewood)
  • Linder (served at Uphaus Early Childhood Center)

full-day Pre-K4 (district-supported)

  • Allison
  • Andrews
  • Baldwin
  • Barrington
  • Bear Creek
  • Becker
  • Blackshear
  • Blanton
  • Boone
  • Brentwood*
  • Brown
  • Campbell
  • Casey
  • Casis
  • Cook
  • Cowan
  • Cunningham
  • Davis
  • Dawson
  • Doss
  • Galindo
  • Govalle
  • Graham
  • Guerrero Thompson
  • Gullett
  • Harris
  • Hart
  • Hill
  • Houston
  • Jordan
  • Joslin
  • Kiker*
  • Kocurek
  • Langford
  • Maplewood*
  • Mathews
  • McBee
  • Menchaca*
  • Metz
  • Mills
  • Norman-Sims
  • Oak Hill
  • Oak Springs
  • Odom
  • Ortega
  • Overton
  • Padron
  • Palm
  • Patton
  • Pecan Springs
  • Perez
  • Pickle
  • Pillow
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Reilly
  • Ridgetop
  • Rodriguez
  • Sanchez
  • St. Elmo
  • Summitt
  • Sunset Valley
  • Travis Heights
  • Uphaus Early Childhood Center*
  • Walnut Creek
  • Widen
  • Williams
  • Winn
  • Wooldridge
  • Wooten
  • Zavala
  • Zilker*

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

  • Baranoff (served at Menchaca)
  • Barton Hills (served at Zilker)
  • Blazier (served at Uphaus Early Childhood Center)
  • Bryker Woods (served at Brentwood)
  • Clayton (served at Kiker)
  • Highland Park (served at Brentwood)
  • Lee (served at Maplewood)
  • Linder (served at Uphaus Early Childhood Center)

 

Featured Video

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