Pre-Kindergarten is a state-funded program that follows the State of Texas PreK Guidelines which include language and literacy development, math skills, physical development and motor skills, social and emotional development, music, art, and other competencies to help prepare them for success in Kindergarten and beyond. This program serves children who are four years old on or before September 1st (3-year-olds will be considered on a campus-by-campus basis depending on space availability).
Students may attend this program free of charge if they meet any of the following criteria:
are unable to speak and comprehend the English language
are educationally disadvantaged (which means a student who is eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program). Clickhereto access the income eligibility guidelines.
are the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States;
are the child of a member of the armed forces who was injured or killed while on active duty
are or ever have been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (foster care)
Children turning 3 years old on or before September 1st who meet the same qualifiers as full day have the option to attend a half-day program at no cost. These classes are located at Gonzalez School for Young Children.
ESL & Bilingual PreK
ESL/Bilingual Pre-Kindergarten is part of the state-funded, full-day Pre-Kindergarten program that works on their English language proficiency to prepare them for success in school. Students may attend this program free of charge if they meet the following criteria:
Are limited English speaking
Are four years old with a birthday on or before September 1st (3-year-olds will be considered on a campus-by-campus basis).
Early Childhood Special Education
Includes Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD), Deaf Ed., Communication, and Blended
PPCD is a special education program that serves children between the ages of 3 and 5 who have delays in speech, physical development, cognitive development, and/or social and emotional development.
Students are eligible to enroll in this program at no cost to the family on their 3rd birthday.
PPCD Bilingual (Spanish) classrooms are provided when necessary; the amount and type of services provided to students are determined by an Individual Education Program (IEP) committee.
Clickhereto visit the Denton ISD Early Childhood Special Education website.
Academy (tuition-based PreK)
DISD offers PreK Academy on a tuition basis to students who do not meet the state eligibility requirements to attend prekindergarten for free or the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program. For more information about PreK Academy, click here.
Head Start is a federally funded, full-day prekindergarten program that is overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program supports children's growth and development in a positive learning environment through a variety of services, which include early learning, health, and family well-being. Head Start and Bilingual Head Start classes are offered at Ann Windle School for Young Children.
For more information about the Denton ISD Head Start program, including registration, click HERE!