Pre-K at Austin ISD

Our Pre-K for 3- and 4-year-olds is a foundational educational experience designed to nurture a love of learning through discovery and play. 

“My priority for my child is that she loves going to school. When she thinks of school, I want her to think happy.”

Elizabeth, parent

“This is a nurturing, welcoming, loving place. Your child is going to be supported in everything they want to do in the classroom and our curriculum is fantastic!”

 Sylvia, Pre-K teacher


Foundational skills taught during PreK are critical to a child’s entire academic journey. The Austin ISD Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 programs emphasize exploration and discovery as they prepare children for a smooth transition into kindergarten and beyond. Students learn in a supportive, responsive environment that focuses on social and emotional learning.


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Austin ISD Pre-K provides safe learning environments for 3- and 4-year-olds at 73 campuses throughout Austin. Our program offerings include Head Start and Dual Language (Spanish/English) and Mandarin/English) are available at specific locations. Currently, a  Montessori-style program is available at one site. Our faculty includes certified teachers and teaching assistants who provide individualized attention to every student. Tuition is based on income. Please complete [this form] to determine if your child qualifies to enroll tuition-free.

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Why enroll in Austin ISD Pre-K?

Families in the city of Austin do not have to look too far for an exceptional Pre-K program. Austin ISD is committed to the well-being of all Austin children. The Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 programs are designed to prepare our youngest students for a lifetime of learning in a nurturing environment that supports curiosity and encourages discovery. Here are some facts about the value of early childhood education (or Pre-K).


Pre-K offers lifelong benefits.

Children who attend Pre-K are more productive in school, work and society generally with higher levels of education and earnings.


Pre-K stimulates brain development

The neurological processing in the brains of 3- to 5-year-olds is twice as fast as that of a college student, and as much as three times faster than an adult’s. Attending Pre-K supports brain development.



Pre-K prepares children for lifelong learning.

Children who attend Pre-K experience substantial learning gains in literacy, language and math in kindergarten and beyond.  



Pre-K encourages empathy.

Children who attend Pre-K acquire social and emotional skills, such as regulating emotions, sharing with others, and following instructions.


Pre-K prepares children for kindergarten

Children who attend Pre-K experience substantial learning gains in literacy, language, and math in kindergarten and beyond.  

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Pre-K is the place for discovery

Children who enter Pre-K in Austin ISD are encouraged to be curious as they learn about the world. Children in our Pre-K programs meet friends from various backgrounds, explore their talents and develop life skills such as self-advocacy.



Half- and full-day Pre-K for 3- and 4-year-olds
is available at 73 campuses throughout Greater Austin. 

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