Early Childhood Programs
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 under one of the following criteria:
State and Federal Programs
Prekindergarten is a state-mandated half-day 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:
- is unable to speak and comprehend the English language;
- is educationally disadvantaged (which means a student who is eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program);
- is homeless;
- is the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States;
- is the child of a member of the armed forces who was injured or killed while on active duty;
- is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (foster care) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code; or
- is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as:
- a peace officer under Section 3106.002, Government Code;
- a firefighter under Section 3106.003, Government Code; or
- an emergency medical first responder under Section 3106.004, Government Code.
For more information, please refer to the Texas Education Agency website: TEA PK Eligibility
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.
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 the Head Start Principal at 469-752-7170 or Office Manager at (469) 752-7163.
Full Day Pre-Kindergarten
Full day prekindergarten will be provided to families who qualify based on income on a first-come, first served basis. For students who live in the attendance zones for Christie, Forman, Haggar, Huffman, Jackson, Memorial, Mendenhall, Mitchell, Sigler, Thomas and Weatherford elementary schools, the full day pre-k program is available at those schools. All students who do not live in those eleven attendance zones would apply to attend full day prek at one of the district's three early childhood schools. More Information is available on the Full Day PreK Page | English and in Spanish.
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.
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.
Tuition-Supported Community Pre-Kindergarten
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.
- Tuition-Supported Prekindergarten Registration Application 2018- 2019
- Early Childhood Schools Frequently Asked Questions
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 19thStreet, 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 the Coordinator of Family Literacy (469) 752-2253 or the office manager at (469) 752-2252.
For additional information, contact the Head Start principal at (469) 752-7170 or Head Start office managerat (469) 752-7163.
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.