Approximately 90 percent of human brain development happens before age 5.
In other words, a parent who registers their child in a Dallas ISD preK program is giving their child the gift of a brighter future. Qualifying parents are encouraged to set their students up for success by registering their child during Dallas ISD PreK Registration Week happening April 4–8.
Studies show that, as adults, a child who attended preK will earn higher incomes, on average, than similar students who do not attend preK. Studies also show that kids who attend preK are:
- 5 times more likely to be ready for kindergarten
- More likely to succeed in school
- More likely to go to college
- Less likely to drop out
- Less likely to become a teen parent
- Less likely to be arrested for a violent crime
Dallas ISD preK is available and free to kids who turn four years old on or before Sept. 1, 2016, and who meet at least one of the following requirements:
- The child is eligible to take part in the national free or reduced-price school lunch program. To find out if your child is eligible, click here;
- The child is unable to speak and comprehend the English language;
- The child is homeless;
- The child is a dependent of an active duty member of the U.S. armed forces;
- The child is or has been in foster care.
Again, the child only has to meet one of these requirements. About 90 percent of four-year-olds in Dallas ISD meet at least one requirement, and are therefore eligible to register for preK.
To register a child in Pre-K, a parent needs to fill out the registration application. You can download and print out the application here, or pick up a copy at your local Dallas ISD elementary school.
During registration week, April 4-8, bring the completed application and the above documents to your local elementary school during school hours. If you don’t know the address of your local elementary school, simply use the school zone finder here.
For more information on PreK Registration Week, go here.