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Early Childhood Programs
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Kindergarten

Plano ISD offers a number of programs for preschool children, which are outlined on this site. Students residing within Plano ISD attendance zone boundaries may register to attend one of three Early Childhood Schools (Isaacs , Beaty or Pearson) under one of the following three criteria.

  1. Tuition-Supported Community Prekindergarten
  2. State and Federal Programs
  3. Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities

1. Tuition-Supported Community Prekindergarten

Children who are four years old on or before September 1st and who do not qualify for either the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities or Prekindergarten (described below) are eligible to enroll in the Tuition-Supported Prekindergarten Program at Isaacs, Beaty, or Pearson Early Childhood Schools. Students attend five days a week and tuition is collected in 9 monthly installments. There is an additional non-refundable registration fee of $100 per child.

A packet of information describing this program and the registration procedure can be picked up at any Plano ISD early childhood school, the Plano ISD Administration Building at 2700 West 15th Street, and at the Plano ISD Shiloh Center, Multilingual Assessment Office, at 3540 East 14th Street.

2. State and Federal Programs

Prekindergarten is a state-mandated program that serves children who are four years of age on or before September 1.  Students may attend this program free of charge if they meet any of the following criteria:

The student:

  • is limited English speaking.
  • qualifies for free or reduced lunch.
  • is an active military dependent.
  • has been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.
  • is homeless.

If you live in east Plano, call (469) 752-3484. If you live in central Plano, call (469) 752-4303. If you live in west Plano, call (469) 752-4202. 

If you are interested in the Chinese Bilingual Prekindergarten Program please see information below:

Chinese Bilingual

The Chinese Bilingual Prekindergarten ProgramPDF file (266KB) serves children who are limited-English speaking and whose home language is a dialect of Chinese. Children must be four years of age on or before September 1 to attend.

The Chinese Bilingual Kindergarten ProgramPDF file (204KB) serves children who are limited-English speaking and whose home language is a dialect of Chinese. Children must be five years of age on or before September 1 to attend.

Both programs are located at:

Chinese Bilingual Program
Harrington Elementary School
1540 Baffin Bay Dr.
Plano, Texas 75075

For more information contact Ann Irvine, Principal at (469) 752-1510, or Lisa Farrell, Early Childhood Coordinator, at (469) 752-8195.

3. Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities

PPCD is a special education program that serves children between the ages of three to five who have delays in the areas of speech, language, physical, social and/or emotional development. Bilingual (Spanish) classrooms are provided when necessary. The amount of time and type of services provided are determined by an Individual Education Program (IEP) committee. Eligible students attend this program at no cost to the family. Students are eligible for services on their third birthday.

Contacts

If you live in east Plano, call the campus assessment team at (469) 752-6587.
If you live in central Plano, call the campus assessment team at (469) 752-4326.
If you live in west Plano, call the campus assessment team at (469) 752-4226.


Senior High School Early Learning Centers

Each Plano ISD senior high school has a tuition-supported Early Learning Center Preschool that is designed to provide an enriching experience for 3, 4, and 5 year old children.  The preschool is a laboratory school for the senior high school Early Childhood Professions classes, emphasizing the growth and development of the whole child; that is, social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.

Each center is directed by a degreed teacher who plans and provides meaningful and relevant educational activities to support learning and development during these formative years.  Students enrolled in the senior high school course, Early Childhood Professions, work under the supervision of the director to give the children the encouragement and attention needed to nurture their development. The children learn through activities appropriate to the child’s age and development, such as block building, painting, reading stories, art, and dramatic play.  The children are encouraged to be independent, self confident, and inquisitive about the world around them.

For more information visit our Senior High School Early Learning Center webpage.

Plano Family Literacy

Plano Family Literacy is an all-inclusive full family educational program.  It is developed to assist at risk families in a focused intensive program.  The program addresses adult education, early childhood education, parent education, interactive literacy activities and home visits for each family.  The program considers the whole family as “the student”.  Full family education is its goal.  Parents and children learn simultaneously while attending school together.  Families who attend must be in the Plano school district.  The program is located at the Allan Bird Education Center, 1300 19th Street, Plano.

Classes are held Monday through Friday. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday classes are held in the mornings.  Thursday classes are held in the evening.  A summer program is also provided for registered families.  PLANO FAMILY LITERACY requires all participants to be involved in all components of the PLANO FAMILY LITERACY program.  Eligible families must:

  • Reside in the Plano Independent School District.
  • Have a child of any age.
  • Commit to all program hours and components.
  • Have low literacy.
  • Be low income.

For additional information, contact Jane Lilliston or Marla Fuller at (469) 752-2252.

Head Start

PISD Head Start is a federally funded program for PISD children who are 3 or 4 by September 1 and their families who meet low income guidelines. Head Start programs are operated by local non-profit or public school organizations nationwide. 

PISD Head Start provides a safe and developmentally appropriate environment for preschool children to explore and experience social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. Classrooms are designed for preschool children.

There are three basic requirements for prospective students:

  • The child must be three or four years old by September 1.
  • The child must live within the boundaries of the Plano Independent School District.
  • The family's income must fall within federal poverty level income guidelines.
For additional information, contact Tina Hardison, Principal at 469-752-7170 or Lori Stanley at (469) 752-7163.