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. 

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Austin ISD Pre-K provides safe learning environments for 3- and 4-year-olds at 73 campuses throughout Austin.

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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. 


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.


Now Accepting Applications

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Your child's journey to Pre-K starts here. Still accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year.

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Steps to Apply:  English | Spanish

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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 express interest in the 24-25 school year until eligibility documents are reviewed in April.

General Registration:  

  • Starts April 2–August 5 

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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