Pre-K Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is Pre-Kindergarten important?

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    Pre-K is vitally important to a child’s development and school readiness. Your child will have early language, literacy, and math experiences to better prepare them for academic rigor in later grades. Attending Pre-K also helps young student to gain a sense of self, exploration, discovery, and confidence. Fort Worth ISD’s program offers a safe environment, high-quality integrated curriculum, highly qualified teachers, and ongoing assessments with progress monitoring.

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  • How old does my child have to be to enroll in Pre-K?

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    Your child must be 4-years-old by September 1, 2017 to enter Pre-K.

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  • Does my child have to qualify to enroll in Pre-K?

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    In the Fort Worth ISD, there is a place for every Pre-K student. If your child does not meet federal qualifying guidelines, he or she is designated as a Universal Pre-K (UPK) student. Individual campuses must serve the needs of qualifying Pre-K students first and then may fill available slots with UPK students.

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  • What are the federal guidelines for Pre-K students?

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    The federal government prioritizes Pre-K students by the following criteria:
         - Unable to speak and comprehend English language
         - Economically or educationally disadvantaged
         - Homeless
         - The dependent of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States
         - Child has ever been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services

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  • How can I find a school for my child?

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    You can use our Pre-K vacancy map to view open seats across the District. Please check with the campus to verify availability or call the Early Childhood Department at 817-814-2450. If you need help finding schools near your home, please use our online school locator.

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  • Where do I pre-register my child for Pre-K?

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    Starting March 20, you can pre-register online or stop by a Pre-K campus to pick-up an enrollment packet. Contact the campus for more information.

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  • When can I register my child for Pre-K?

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    Registration begins Monday, April 3 at all pre-k campuses. Call your campus to schedule an appointment.

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  • What documents are needed for registration?

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    - Parent/Guardian Photo ID
    - Proof of age and identity of student such as a
           -- birth certificate
           -- statement of the child’s date of birth issued for school admission purposes by the division of the Texas Department of State Health Services responsible for vital statistics
           -- driver’s license
           -- passport
           -- school ID card, records, or report card
           -- military ID
           -- hospital birth record
           -- adoption records
           -- church baptismal record
           -- any other legal document that establishes identity
    - Immunization Record
    - Proof of Address such as a
           -- Utility Bill
           -- Lease Agreement
    - Proof of Income such as a
           -- recent pay stub dated after April 1, 2017

           -- TANF Award Letter  

           -- Social Security Award Letter 

           -- Unemployment benefits letter 

           -- Child Support Letter 

           -- Medicaid or Food Stamp Award Letter

     

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  • How long will the registration process take?

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    The registration process varies by campus. Please contact your neighborhood campus for their pre-registration procedures. 

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  • If there are no open spots at a school, what do I do?

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    We will help you find a campus that still has available spots. Please call the Early Childhood Department at 817-814-2450.

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  • Do I have to live in the Fort Worth ISD boundary for my child to attend Pre-K?

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    You do not have to live within the FWISD boundary to attend, and tuition will not be charged for the 2017-18 school year. However, school enrollment may be limited to space availability. You can use our Pre-K vacancy map to view open seats across the District.

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  • When will I be notified that my child is in the Pre-K program?

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    Schools will notify families of students meeting federal guidelines of a tentative placement as soon as two weeks after their registration. For families qualifying by income, income dated after April 1st is required to complete registration. All families will be notified by May 12th.

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  • Who receives priority?

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    Priority is given to students who qualify under the federal guidelines AND reside in the neighborhood of the campus (proof of residence required). Additional information about priority may be found in Board Policy.

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  • Can my child go to a campus other than our neighborhood school?

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    Parents must wait until the campus of their choice has met the needs of the children in their neighborhood first. Then if space is available, the school may take other students. 

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  • Is there a waiting list?

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    Contact information for all interested families is kept by campus personnel in case of future openings, but FWISD does not keep official waiting lists.

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  • Do all schools have Pre-K?

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    Most FWISD schools do with the exception of Manuel Jara Elementary, Rufino Mendoza Elementary, Tanglewood Elementary, Western Hills Elementary, and our school of choice campuses, Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center, Daggett Montessor, and Como Montessori.

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  • Is my child guaranteed a spot?

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    Yes, we have opened many new Pre-K classrooms across the city. Therefore, your child will be accepted into one of the Pre-K classrooms that has available spots. However, it may not be your neighborhood school.

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  • Can my child attend the same school for kindergarten if it’s not our neighborhood school?

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    No, all students must attend their neighborhood school for kindergarten.

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  • Is transportation provided?

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    Transportation is not provided for Pre-K students who attend school at or away from their neighborhood elementary schools. However, transportation is provided for the District's two primary schools (M.G. Ellis Primary and Western Hills Primary).

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  • Is child care available before and after school?

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    FWISD does not provide before and after school care for Pre-Kindergarten students. However, there are many daycare programs that do. Contact your neighborhood school for options.

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  • Is Pre-K full day or half day?

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    All FWISD Pre-K classes are full day from 8:00 AM until 2:15 PM.

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