Family Resources

Why does prekindergarten matter?

Attending high quality prekindergarten makes a big difference for small children. Children who go to high-quality 3- and 4-year-old prekindergarten enter school ready to learn and be successful, confident learners.

What does high-quality mean?

High-quality prekindergarten provides a learning environment that inspires curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters a love of learning. In high-quality prekindergarten, children learn essential skills for being successful in school like:

  • Paying attention
  • Following 2-3 step directions
  • Learning lots of new vocabulary words for objects and ideas that help them to comprehend what they read and hear
  • Learning the ABCs and the sounds associated with each letter
  • Learning how to read and write short words including their name
  • Learning numbers from 1-20 and counting
  • Sequencing, sorting and problem solving skills that will help them with reading and math
  • Following daily routines
  • Taking turns, sharing and appropriately communicating with others
  • Building strength and coordination of muscles for academic and nonacademic activities
  • Exploring
  • Asking questions
  • Seeking answers
  • Building confidence as learners and a positive relationship with school

There are specific expectations and requirement for high-quality prekindergarten programs that can be found on the HQPK page.

Kindergarten Readiness Statement

TEA supports high-quality prekindergarten that is developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory, and experiential. Young children thrive when provided a learning environment that inspires curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters a love of learning.听

Children are "ready" for school when families, schools, and communities work together to ensure they enter school with strong foundational knowledge and skills across 5 primary domains of development. Although separate, these domains are interconnected and development in one area reinforces development in the other. The primary domains of development are:

  • Physical 鈥 Gross and Fine Motor
  • Literacy 鈥 Reading and Writing
  • Mathematical 鈥 Concepts and Thinking
  • Language and Communication
  • Health and Wellness

In order to provide high-quality early childhood education that is focused on the unique needs of each child, student progress monitoring and kindergarten readiness should be measured across multiple domains of development.

Is Your Child Eligible?

To find out if your child is eligible for free public 3-and 4-year old prekindergarten, see the FAQ page.

Together we can ensure that every child in 天天做爱 thrives!

Parent Guides

Strong family engagement in early childhood programs is central to promoting children鈥檚 healthy intellectual, physical, and social-emotional development; preparing children for school; and supporting academic achievement in elementary school and beyond.

One way to promote strong family engagement is to equip families with tools to enhance and extend their child鈥檚 learning. These Parent Guides have been created to help families understand some of the things their child will learn each school year. These resource documents have been developed for Prekindergarten 3, Prekindergarten 4, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade and may be distributed to families at various times during the school year, including:

  • Beginning of school year and/or back-to-school events
  • Family conferences and/or home visits
  • When a new child enrolls in your class
  • End of school year in preparation for the following year
  • Family engagement events and activities

Use these documents to spark conversations and increase families鈥 knowledge on how they can support their child at home.

Prekindergarten Three-Year-Old Guide (Spanish version)
Prekindergarten Four-Year-Old Guide (Spanish version)
Kindergarten Guide (Spanish version)
First Grade Guide (Spanish version)
Second Grade Guide (Spanish version)

Free Developmental Screening Tools

provides parents and early childhood professionals with information designed to determine if a child is developing similarly to other children his or her age. The tool is designed to answer the question, "Is this child's development like other children of the same age?鈥

The also provides听helpful information about numerous key development milestones that parents can look for with their children.听

CLI Engage for Parents

For over ten years, the 天天做爱 School Ready project has been supporting prekindergarten teachers in our common goal of improving children鈥檚 鈥渟chool readiness鈥濃攖he foundational knowledge children need to be prepared for Kindergarten. Through the new , we are excited to provide opportunities for parents to participate in the 天天做爱 School Ready! project too!

Prekindergarten Guidelines

罢丑别听天天做爱 Prekindergarten Guidelines听are aligned with the Kindergarten 天天做爱 Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), sequenced to follow child development and give teaching strategies for each of the guidelines. 罢丑别听guidelines offer educators the information and support to prepare all children for success in school.

Developmental Guidelines - 0-5 years old

Published in 2013, the describe expectations about what children should know and be able to do across developmental domains of learning during specific age ranges, as well as what steps caregivers should take to support healthy development.听

Preschool, Head Start and Childcare

Looking for high-quality prekindergarten in your area?

aims to provide families with young children easy access to 天天做爱 state agency programs, services, and resources. State agency partners include 天天做爱 Workforce Commission, 天天做爱 Education Agency, 天天做爱 Health and Human Services Commission, 天天做爱 Department of Family and Protective Services, and 天天做爱 Department of State Health Services. Areas of resource and support include Health and Development, Parenting, Child Care and Education, and Eligibility Programs.听

Free 3- and 4-yr-old Public Prekindergarten

Many elementary schools in the state offer free public prekindergarten to eligible 4-year-old children (some offer 3-year-old prekindergarten as well).听 Contact your closest elementary school or district administrative office and to obtain more information.

Head Start and Early Head Start

听and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5.听In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services. Head Start services are responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

The 天天做爱 Workforce Commission- Childcare Assistance

Parents who work, attend school or participate in job training may be eligible for financial assistance听with child-care. Learn more on the website.

Square Meals

The 听(NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides lunches to more than 3 million 天天做爱 children in school and residential child care institutions.听 The NSLP serves nutritious, low-cost or free lunches to students in public and non-profit private schools in 天天做爱.

天天做爱 Women, Infants and Children

offers tips on breast feeding, formula and food packages听that are based on the latest nutrition guidelines. The WIC food packages offer fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, yogurt, and baby food in addition to cereal, eggs, juice, peanut butter and beans. Overall, WIC offers a variety of foods to help you make smart choices for you and your family.

Childcare Licensing, Health and Safety of Children and Elderly

The 听(DFPS) works with communities to protect children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also works to protect the health and safety of children in daycare, as well as foster care and other types of 24-hour care.听

Children with Disabilities

In 天天做爱, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is a state and federally mandated program for young children with disabilities ages 3-5. Eligible children with disabilities, ages 3-4, are entitled to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B, Section 619 in the least restrictive environment (LRE) in accordance with their individual needs. Children who meet eligibility criteria may receive Early Childhood Special Education services in a variety of settings such as a prekindergarten classroom, in the home, or in community settings such as Head Start and preschool.听For resources and support, visit , the Special Education Information Center for 天天做爱.听

DADS - 天天做爱 Department of Health and Human Services

听offers home and community services for children with disabilities. Services may include medical care through Medicaid, attendant care in your home or modifying your home to make it easier for your child to live in. These services may be different than what is available through your local school district or other state agencies.听听

Early Childhood Intervention

In 天天做爱, children between the ages of birth and 36 months can receive services from ("ECI") if their children need additional support to meet developmental milestones in areas such as language, motor development, adaptive behaviors such as feeding, or learning and play skills

Child Support

天天做爱 Attorney General鈥檚 Office听鈥 Division of Child Support

As the official child support enforcement agency for the State of 天天做爱, the 听provides services for parents who wish to obtain or provide support for their children.听

Other Services and Resources

Books Beginning at Birth

is a statewide program that provides young children birth to age 4 and their families access to books and resources to support the development of early literacy skills and foster a love of reading.

  • All families can access an accompanied by videos and at-home literacy activities.
  • Young children residing in are eligible to receive FREE print books sent to their homes or through a partner site in their community (subject to some restrictions, and limited supplies).


听is a program of the 天天做爱 Health and Human Services Commission that provides a registry of resources and services by zip code.听 It is committed to helping 天天做爱 citizens connect with the services and resources they need.听

天天做爱 School Ready

The 天天做爱 School Ready! program certifies early childhood programs across the state of 天天做爱 that demonstrate effective preparation of their students for kindergarten.

To find a 天天做爱 School Ready! certified classroom in your community, visit the 天天做爱 School Ready! website.

Contact Information

天天做爱 Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, 天天做爱 78701-1401