• Pre K at Plano ISD

    "" About PreK Education in Plano ISD

    The Plano ISD PreK program provides 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.

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      •  East Plano - (469) 752-3480
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  • Qualifications

    Prekindergarten is a state-mandated program that serves qualifying children who are:

    • Next School Year:  four years of age on or before September 1, 2021.

    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

  • Student Residency

    You must reside in Plano ISD boundaries for your child to attend. 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.


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  • Enroll Now! PreK Eligibility Form

    PreK Eligibility Form

    Please complete one of the forms below. The application will be emailed to you after completing the form. 

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    Items Needed for Registration

    Required Documents

    • 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)
    • Parent/Guardian will be contacted to establish an appointment for language
    • 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)

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  • Curriculum & Staff

    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 in August
    • Parent/Teacher Conference in the fall and spring
    • Open House in spring
    • Three written reports on your student’s progress in fall, winter and spring

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


    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.

  • CIRCLE PreK Assessment

    Prekindergarten students in Plano ISD are administered the CIRCLE PreK Assessment. CIRCLE is a technology driven tool that enables teachers to assess a child’s progress in several skills areas. (literacy, math, social-emotional, and early writing) Results from this assessment allow teachers to create focused lessons that target each student’s area of greatest need. The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System is aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

  • Location & 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, IB World School at 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 for the Deaf
    • Elementary campuses that offer PreK:
      • Barron Elementary School
      • Boggess Elementary School
      • Christie Elementary School
      • Forman Elementary School
      • Haggar Elementary School
      • Hughston Elementary School
      • IB World School at Huffman Elementary
      • Jackson Elementary School
      • Mathews Elementary School
      • Memorial Elementary School
      • Mendenhall Elementary School
      • Mitchell Elementary School
      • Sigler Elementary School
      • Thomas Elementary School
      • Weatherford Elementary School

    PreK Hours

    Early Childhood Campuses:

    7:55 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Elementary Campuses:

    7:40 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.


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  • Typical Day at PreK

    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.

  • PreK Tuition Program Available Slots

    Students who don’t meet eligibility for free PreK can enroll in tuition-based PreK at select schools.

    • Students must reside in the Plano ISD boundaries to be eligible to attend the tuition program
    • The tuition PreK program is a limited enrollment program, and enrollment is based on space availability at each site. A waiting list will be available when tuition spots are not available.
    • Students must be 4 years-old on September 1 of the school year
    • All tuition students attend full-day
    • Tuition rate is $5,500 a year, divided into ten equal monthly payments. A reduced rate is available for PISD employees.
    • The enrollment process for our PreK Tuition Program will open in June.

    Tuition Openings

    Openings are available at the following schools:

    • Hughston Elementary
    • Mathews Elementary
    • Pearson Early Childhood School

    All other campuses are full. 


  • High Quality PreK

    Plano ISD participates in the state's High Quality Prekindergarten Grant. This means the that Plano ISD's PreK 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 2019-20.

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

    Percent Meeting Proficiency for 2018-19