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Studies have shown that children who attend pre-kindergarten are more likely to succeed in school, to graduate from high school, and to attend college. 

One of Dallas ISD’s priorities is to expand offerings to our community’s youngest learners because of the positive impact which preschool programs offer. 

During the first week of April, the district will kick off Camp Kinder 2019, an effort to identify eligible students and enroll them in pre-K classes for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Free pre-K is available for children who are three- or four-years-old on or before September 1, 2019 and meet at least ONE of these requirements:

  1. The child is eligible to take part in the national free or reduced-price school lunch program. To find out if your child is eligible, click here.
  2. The child is unable to speak and comprehend the English language.
  3. The child is homeless.
  4. The child is a dependent of an active duty member of the U.S. armed forces.
  5. The child is or has been in foster care.

Tuition-based pre-K is available at various campus around the district for children who are not eligible for free pre-K. District 1 campuses which offer tuition-based pre-k include: Nathan Adams, Arthur Kramer, and Walnut Hill elementaries.

Also, the district proudly partners with child care centers to provide pre-K for 3 and 4 year old students. This is the same quality pre-K program you would receive at an elementary school, but offers other benefits including extended hours. A partnership site is a quality child care facility that has partnered with Dallas ISD to provide high quality education to your youngest scholars. Each participating classroom has a Dallas ISD certified teacher and the student is dual-enrolled with Dallas ISD.

To learn more about pre-k partner sites and other pre-k opportunities in Dallas ISD, visit www.prekdallas.org.

In other District 1 news:  

I am very proud of Thomas Jefferson High School principal, Sandi Massey, for being among the district’s Master Principals. As part of an ongoing effort to identify and reward top educators and campus leaders, Dallas ISD relaunched its Master Principals program this school year. The Master Principals program was in effect during Superintendent Michael Hinojosa’s first term as district leader. The program looks at metrics such as a school’s culture and climate and overall student growth to identify top-performing principals. Massey’s designation as Master Principal is a reflection of her hard work and dedication to ensure T. J. students thrive and excel. Massey and her team are working hard to get every student college ready, and I commend them for their great work.

Trustee Edwin Flores, District 1

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