State-Funded Pre-Kindergarten
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 State-Funded Pre-Kindergarten

Please check below for eligibility guidelines and documentation needed for the state-funded Pre-K program offered at no cost for those that qualify. 

Documentation Needed

Be unable to speak and comprehend the English language

Eligibility is determined by language assessment.  Once your online registration is complete you will be contacted by the Language Testing Center to make an appointment for the language assessment. 

Economically Disadvantaged
The student is eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program

Eligibility determined by the total combined household income and the number of family members in the household. Income is determined by the gross income. 2-3 months of income documentation are required.

 2021-2022 Income Eligibility Guidelines for Determining Free and Reduced Price Benefits.pdf

Be the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority; (mobilized)or is the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty

DoD ID for active duty military
Documentation for Texas National Guard members or military reservists that they are in face on active duty.
Documentation stating the former military member sustained injury while on active duty, not necessarily in combat.
The links below contain detailed information for military qualification.
Pre-kindergarten for Dependents of.pdf
Pre-Kindergarten Eligibility

Foster Care
Currently, or have ever been in, the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code
Children who are currently or formerly in foster care in another state are eligible for Pre-K in Texas

Letters are sent to qualifying families.If you did not receive a letter you can contact a DFPS specialist to have one sent. The link for the specialist is below as well as an example of the documentation.
Court documentation is also acceptable.
Texas DFPS Education Specialists
CPS letter.pdf

     Star of Texas Award
     Be the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award       as a peace officer (3106.002), firefighter (3103.003), or
     emergency first responder (3106.004)  that were seriously         injured or lost their lives in the line of duty.

The office of the Governor, Criminal Justin Division honors recipients annually in September, The resolution (certificate) awarded to an individual serves as proof of eligibility to enroll their child in free Pre-K if they are age-eligible.

Defined by 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1143a