Isaacs Early Childhood
Counselor: Gretchen Wollmuth
7:55 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
School Colors: Black, white and green
Mascot: Panda Bear
Motto: Climbing high
Year Opened: 2009
- Barron Elementary School
- Boggess Elementary School
- Dooley Elementary School
- Forman Elementary School
- Hunt Elementary School
- Hickey Elementary School
- McCall Elementary School
- Meadows Elementary School
- Memorial Elementary School
- Mendenhall Elementary School
- Miller Elementary School
- Schell Elementary School
- Stinson Elementary School
Phone: (469) 752-3480
Fax: (469) 752-3481
3400 East Parker Road
Plano, TX 75074
About Isaacs Early Childhood
Plano ISD operates three Early Childhood Schools (ECS) serving students throughout our school district. We offer a quality preschool program for children ages three to five on three campuses: Isaacs ECS, Beaty ECS and Pearson ECS. Isaacs Early Childhood School serves the children on the east side of Plano.
Isaacs ECS is part of the district plan that allows it to meet the state-mandated guidelines for prekindergarten students and the least restrictive environment mandate for preschool special education students as required by state and federal law. Additionally, Isaacs is taking applications from parents who are seeking a quality, tuition-based preschool program for four year olds.
Students may enroll under three different criteria: 1) Tuition-Supported Prekindergarten, OR, one of the following two state and federal programs: 2) Prekindergarten, OR 3) Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD).
Students are eligible for the state funded prekindergarten program if they are limited English speaking, homeless, from families that qualify for free or reduced lunch, or military dependents. Students must be four years of age by September 1 of the current school year.
Students may attend the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities if they are between the ages of three to five and 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.
Parents of tuition-supported prekindergarten students will be responsible to provide transportation for their children and may apply to have their child attend the campus of their choice.
The school provides a language and literacy enriched environment where children have hands-on opportunities to learn. 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.
For information, contact this school and/or the Early Childhood School hotline at (469) 752-4299.
History of Isaacs
Sara Jane Isaacs was born in Bonham, Texas in 1925. She graduated from Bonham High School, received her bachelor’s degree in education from East Texas State Teachers College, now Texas A&M-Commerce and earned a Master’s in Education from the University of North Texas.
Sara and her husband Edward Isaacs Jr., moved to Plano in 1963, when Sara was hired to teach third grade at Mendenhall Elementary School, which was the district’s only elementary school at the time.
Mrs. Isaacs directed the first early childhood programs in the district with her appointment in 1967 as the district’s first Title I director. That same year, she successfully applied for the district’s first Head Start federal grant. She used the grant to initiate the first Head Start program during the regular summer school session with five-year-old students at Mendenhall. This was prior to kindergarten being incorporated into the public school system.
In the early 1970s, Sara Isaacs served as the school district's first elementary curriculum coordinator, making her the very first female administrator in Plano ISD. As public school kindergarten (1/2-day program) began, she wrote the guidelines for Plano ISD's program. Plano ISD's kindergarten served as the model program in Collin County since it was the first to be offered in the county. And, she continued to work with educationally-disadvantaged early childhood children.
In 1973, Mrs. Isaacs became the first female principal in Plano ISD when she opened Christie Elementary School. She served as principal there until she retired in 1986.
Sara Isaacs did attend the Isaacs Early Childhood School dedication ceremony in 2009. She said, "The first love I had was for the young early childhood children and working with the teachers of young learners."