• Plano ISD Early Childhood Schools.  Where learning and play connect.  An exceptional program for four year old children

    Plano ISD Early Childhood Programs

    2019-2020 Early Childhood Registration Early Childhood Application
    Aplicación para Pre-Kindergarten

    Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will be held on July 24 and 25, 2019 from 9 -11 AM and 1 - 3 PM at the 3 Early Childhood Schools. Check school finder to discover which school is assigned to your home address.

    About Early Childhood at PISD

    The Plano ISD Early Childhood Schools provide a language and literacy enriched environment where children have hands-on opportunities for learning.  The Plano ISD Early Childhood Schools provide a language and literacy enriched environment where children have hands-on opportunities for learning. Our child-centered program follows the developmentally appropriate practices outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

    The curriculum framework follows the Texas Prekindergarten Curriculum Guidelines and provides an instructional program that is vertically aligned with the Kindergarten Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

  • Early Childhood Schools & Hours

    Schools

    The Early Childhood Schools serve students residing in the elementary school neighborhoods listed. 

    • Isaacs Early Childhood School -  3400 E. Parker Rd. in Plano.
      • Barron, Boggess, Dooley, Forman, Hunt, Hickey, McCall, Meadows, Memorial, Mendenhall, Miller, Schell, Stinson
    • Beaty Early Childhood School - 1717 Nevada in Plano.
      • Aldridge, Barksdale, Brinker, Centennial, Daffron, Gulledge, Haggar, Haun, Hightower, Huffman, Jackson, Mitchell, Shepard, Sigler, Saigling, Weatherford, Wells
    • Pearson Early Childhood School - 4000 Eagle Pass in Plano
      • Andrews, Bethany, Beverly, Carlisle, Christie, Davis, Harrington, Hedgcoxe, Hughston, Mathews, Rasor, Skaggs, Thomas, Wyatt, Regional Day School Program for Deaf Education

    There are approximately 20–30  classrooms, playgrounds, and activity rooms.  Every classroom has a state of the art design with a child-size bathroom, a classroom sink, drinking fountain, four computer stations, learning center areas, and high-quality educational equipment and materials.

    To determine your child's elementary school neighborhood, type your home address into Plano ISD's SchoolFinder application. 


    Hours for Half Day Early Childhood Schools

    The morning session is:    8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    The afternoon session is:  12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


    Staff

    Each school has a principal, office staff, registered nurse, librarian, and counselor.  Early Childhood School teachers are degreed and certified to teach young children. The teaching assistants receive ongoing training with teachers in prekindergarten curriculum and effective teaching strategies.  Additional support staff is available to provide specialized services in speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

  • Curriculum & Schedule

    The Plano ISD Early Childhood Program is based on the Texas Education Agency’s Prekindergarten Guidelines.  The guidelines are based on current knowledge of theory and scientific research about how children develop and learn; they reflect the growing consensus among early childhood professional organizations that a greater emphasis be placed on young children’s conceptual learning, acquisition of basic skills, discovery through play, and participation in meaningful, relevant learning experiences.  The guidelines describe specific outcomes for prekindergarten children in ten domain skill areas. These domains include; social and emotional development, language and communication, reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, physical development, and technology. To learn more about the prekindergarten guidelines visit the Texas Education Agency’s website https://tea.texas.gov/pkg.aspx .

    Families will learn more about the program at:

    • Back to School Night August
    • Parent/Teacher Conference Fall and Spring
    • Open House Spring
    • Three written reports on your student’s progress Fall, Winter, Spring

    Monthly newsletters are sent home to provide on-going communication between home and school.


    A Typical Day

    Welcome / Arrival:  Children are welcomed and then independently select activities as they arrive in the classroom.

    Circle Time: Your child joins with classmates to talk about the day. Students are engaged in writing, language and mathematics instruction.

    Work Time: Children choose from activities in the centers, which include dramatic play, table toys, blocks, art, sensory table, library and computers.  Learning is child-centered through play facilitated by the staff.

    Clean Up: Your child learns the importance of concluding activities, putting away materials and cooperating with others.

    Small Group Instruction: Children receive intentional instruction on targeted objectives in a small group setting.  Students are taught language, literacy, and mathematics concepts and skills through a variety of instructional strategies.

    Outdoor Learning / Activity Room: Energetic outdoor play provides opportunities for children to develop large muscles, to engage in social interactions, and to experience nature. Children also learn self-management by following rules and safety guidelines.

    Music/Movement: Your child will experience music and physical activities in the classroom, the activity room and on the playground. Learning to follow rules and safety guidelines as well as building large motor skills will accompany the fun students enjoy.

    Story Time: Teachers read to children in both large and small groups.  Reading enhances listening comprehension, stimulates thought-provoking questions and conversation, and develops concepts of print and vocabulary.

    Dismissal: Children are encouraged to review the day’s events and independently collect their belongings.

  • Student Admission & Residency

    You must reside in Plano ISD boundaries for your child to attend the Early Childhood School.  You may call the District office at 469-752-8150 if you are unsure if your home is within Plano ISD boundaries.  Proof of residency is required at time of registration; please include a copy of your electric, water, or gas bill.

    As a public school system, the Plano schools welcome all students who live within the boundaries of the Plano Independent School District and meet state age and health requirements. Students moving into the district during the summer may call their school to register before the start of the school year.  Students who move into the district during the school year should make an appointment to enroll.

    The natural parent, legal guardian or other person having legal control under a court order must enroll a student.  Any person who is not the natural parent or is not designated guardian of the child by a court order must register with the office of Student Services prior to enrolling the student.  The person enrolling the student must present their driver’s license or department of transportation identification card at the time of registration.

    If a family has not yet moved into the school district but is building or purchasing a home within the district boundaries, a Certificate of Eligibility Form must be completed and the contract for purchase must be submitted to the office of Student Services prior to enrolling.  This form is available from the Student Services Department of the Plano ISD located at 5804 Coit Road, Suite 102, Plano 75023.  If you have questions please contact the Student Services Department at 469-752-3793.

  • Please Bring the following to Registration


    • Original Birth certificate or certified copy issued by the State • Immunization records • Social Security card for the child, if available. • Proof of residency in Plano ISD (gas, electric bill or a lease) • Bring child for language assessment (469) 752-8874 • Military Dependents (Department of Defense ID required) • Letter documenting conservatorship by the Department of Family and Protective Services • Proof of income (current paycheck stub, tax return, food stamp documentation or Food and Nutritional Services letter)

  • Our Early Childhood Programs

    Plano ISD offers a number of programs for preschool children.  Students residing within Plano ISD attendance zone boundaries may register under one of the following criteria.

  • PREKINDERGARTEN

    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:

  • 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:

    The student:

    • 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

    Contacts

    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.

  • Full Day Pre-Kindergarten

    Full day prekindergarten will be provided to families who qualify as low income, foster, or homeless.  Full day will be offered at several elementary campuses, as well as our three early childhood schools.

    Registration Flyer

    Income Guidelines

  • Preschool Program for Children w/ 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.

  • TUITION SUPPORTED HALF-DAY PRE-K

    Half-day tuition is now available for the 2019-2020 school year based on availability. Tuition applications are now available at the Early Childhood Schools.

  • Tuition Half-Day Program Costs

    Students must reside in the Plano ISD boundaries to be eligible to attend the tuition program.  

    Tuition programs are limited to available space on each campus.  The following options are available:

    • 5-day program (1st child) $350.00
    • 5 day program (additional children in the same family)  $300.00
    • Reduced Tuition Rates available for PISD employees (living in district)   $300.00
    • Tuition with STBA services - $325.00
    • PISD employee child with STBA Services - $275

  • Tuition Half-Day Program Payment Instructions

    Online

    Electronically using the PayPams system at www.paypams.com

    Checks* & Money Orders

    Make Checks & Money Orders payable to Plano ISD Early Childhood Schools and include your child’s name and school in the memo line of the check.

    All check and money order payments should be mailed directly to the Plano ISD Administration Office at the following address listed below.

    Plano ISD Administration Office
    2700 W. 15th Street
    Plano, TX  75075

    Attention:  Finance Department

    Cash

    Cash payments should be made in person to the finance department, which is located on the second floor of the Plano ISD Administration Building. Please do not mail cash payments.


    *Solveras (Paytek) is a check collection company that processes all returned checks for Plano ISD.  In the event that a check written to any Plano ISD campus, club, or organization is returned unpaid by your bank, Plano ISD or its agent will redeposit your check electronically.  Additionally, you understand and agree that Solveras (Paytek) may electronically collect a returned check fee of $30.00 plus applicable sales tax. The use of a check for payment is your ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and ACCEPTANCE of this policy and its’ terms.

    Due to the high volume of returned checks, Plano ISD will no longer accept any checks from the check writer, who has ONE returned check.  There will not be any exceptions even if the check writer pays for both returned checks and fee incurred.

  • Tuition Half-Day Program Payment Schedule

    Your child’s yearly half-day tuition is payable in ten equal amounts (For example, a 5 day program for the first child in the family is $3500.00 per year and payable in ten equal payments of $350.00) and must be received on the first school day of the month.

    There is no reduction in tuition due to illness, holiday, vacation, or bad weather. If it becomes necessary to withdraw your child from the program, written notice is appreciated.  

    When payments are in arrears more than ten school days, your child may be dropped from the program.  This policy also applies to uncollected, returned checks.

  • Tuition Half-Day Program Transportation

    Families of half-day tuition-supported students are responsible for the transportation of their children.

  • 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. 

  • About 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 the Head Start Principal at 469-752-7170 or Office Manager at (469) 752-7163.

  • 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 Instructional Practices (Intro to Teaching) and Practicum in Education & Training 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 courses, Instructional Practices (Intro to Teaching) and Practicum in Education & Training, 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


  • High Quality PK

    Plano ISD participates in the state's High Quality Prekindergarten Grant.  This means the that PISD's PK programs agreed to use a curriculum aligned with the Prekindergarten Guidelines, increase prekindergarten teacher training and/or qualifications, implement student progress monitoring, provide kindergarten readiness results, and develop quality family engagement plans.  View our Family Engagement Plan for 2018 - 2019

    The information provided below shows student growth based on data from our CIRCLE Progress Monitoring assessment results.

    Percent Meeting Proficiency for 2017-2018