PreK 3, PreK 4 & Tuition-based PreK 4

Leander ISD is excited to announce the expansion of prekindergarten to half-day PreK for eligible 3-year-olds and full-day for eligible 4-year-olds! Registration for the 2021–2022 school year – which begins August 2021 – is now open!

The purpose of the LISD PreK program is to teach, grow and nurture each student in a positive and developmentally appropriate manner through a play-based curriculum so that each student can be successful.

See if your child qualifies for PreK by clicking on the Eligibility Requirements tab in blue below. If you need assistance or would like a paper registration packet, please call your elementary campus to make an appointment.

Tuition-based PreK: The available spaces for Tuition-based PreK for school starting in August 2021 are now full. The district is maintaining a waitlist for interested families. More information on Tuition-based PreK posted below.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for enrollment in a prekindergarten class, a child must be 3 years of age for PreK 3 or 4 years of age for PreK 4 on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year and be one or more of the following:

  • unable to speak and comprehend the English language; or
  • eligible to participate in the national free / reduced meal program based on family income; or
  • homeless, as defined by 42 U.S.C. Section 1143a, regardless of the residence of the child, of either parent of the child, or of the child’s guardian or other person having lawful control of the child; or
  • 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; or
  • 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; or
  • has ever been in the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code; or
  • the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award under Section 3106.002, Section 3106.003, or Section 3106.004, Government Code.

Required Documentation

What to Bring Flyer: English | What to Bring Flyer: Spanish

Income Qualifiers

One of the following:

  • Current paycheck stub
  • Current tax return if self-employed
  • Current TANF or SNAP eligibility letter or Medicaid card or letter

Language Qualifiers

  • Fill out Home Language Survey (provided by school)
  • Language test will be administered to the child

Military Qualifiers

  • Verification of U.S. Department of Defense photo I.D.
  • Statement of service
  • Copy of death certificate
  • Copy of Purple Heart orders
  • Copy of official letter from commander
  • Copy of a letter from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Documentation that service member is MIA

Foster Care Qualifiers

  • Verification Letter of Prekindergarten Eligibility from Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)

Star of Texas Award Qualifiers

  • Copy of the resolution (certificate) awarded to parent of child.

Homeless Qualifiers

  • Fill out Student Residency Questionnaire (provided by school); District homeless education liaison will verify.

Registration & Enrollment

PreK registration for 2021–2022 is now open!

  1. To enroll in PreK please complete the online application.
  2. If you need assistance completing the online application or need a paper application, please call or visit your neighborhood elementary school.
  3. Children qualifying for PreK as an English learner will be contacted to schedule the English language proficiency exam after you have completed the online application.

Find the Nearest Elementary School

Transportation is provided for students who qualify for the free PreK program and who live outside of the two-mile radius.

Sign up for PreK Updates

Leander ISD Prekindergarten Family Engagement Plan
Leander ISD PreK Program Evaluation
Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines

Early Childhood Community Locations

Early Childhood Communities 2021–22

Community Sites in bold with the schools zoned to each site listed underneath
*Bilingual Early Childhood Programs Available Below

  • Bagdad Elementary School*
    Bagdad
    Whitestone
  • Camacho Elementary School
    Camacho
  • Cox Elementary School
    Cox
    Reagan
  • Cypress Elementary School
    Cypress
    Rutledge
  • Deer Creek
    Deer Creek
    Mason
    Westside
  • Faubion Elementary School*
    Faubion
    Reed
  • Giddens Elementary School
    Akin
    Block House Creek
    Giddens
  • Grandview Hills Elementary School
    Grandview Hills
    River Place
  • Knowles Elementary School*
    Knowles
    Winkley
  • Larkspur Elementary School
    Larkspur
  • Laura W. Bush Elementary School*
    Laura W. Bush
    River Ridge
    Steiner Ranch
  • Naumann Elementary School
    Naumann
  • Plain Elementary School
    Plain
  • Pleasant Hill Elementary School
    Pleasant Hill
  • Tarvin Elementary School
    Parkside
    Tarvin

Bilingual Early Childhood Communities 2021–22

Community Sites in bold with the schools zoned to each site listed underneath

  • Bagdad Elementary School
    Akin
    Bagdad
    Camacho
    Larkspur
    Parkside
    Plain
    Pleasant Hill
    Tarvin
    Whitestone
  • Faubion Elementary School
    Cox
    Cypress
    Deer Creek
    Faubion
    Mason
    Naumann
    Reagan
    Reed
    Rutledge
    Westside
  • Knowles Elementary School
    Block House Creek
    Giddens
    Knowles
    Winkley
  • Laura W. Bush Elementary School
    Grandview Hills
    Laura W. Bush
    River Place
    River Ridge
    Steiner Ranch

PreK Schedule

Full Day PreK 4

7:40 a.m.–2:55 p.m.

Half Day PreK 3

7:40 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

Tuition-Based PreK

The available spaces for Tuition-based PreK for school starting in August 2021 are now full. The district is maintaining a waitlist for interested families.

Who is eligible for the tuition-based PreK program?

Children who are 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year and who do not qualify for the free, state-supported PreK program are eligible to enroll in the tuition-based PreK program. Tuition-based PreK is only available for 4-year-olds; it is not available for 3-year-olds.

What are the benefits of the tuition-based PreK Program?

  • Certified teachers in every classroom specifically trained to work with young children;
  • PreK for 4-year-olds follows the regular elementary school schedule;
  • Child-centered, hands-on learning;
  • Focused on developing children academically, physically and socially.

What is the cost of the tuition-based PreK program?

Tuition-based PreK costs $600 per month.

Where will my child attend PreK?

Tuition-based PreK is offered at a limited number of elementary campuses. The number of spaces available for tuition-based PreK students depends on the enrollment of eligible PreK students. Early Childhood Community campuses for the 2021–2022 school year that may have spaces for tuition-based PreK include (not all campuses will have tuition spaces, they may have spaces):

  • Bagdad
  • Bush (monolingual PreK)
  • Bush (two-way dual language PreK)
  • Camacho
  • Cox
  • Cypress
  • Deer Creek
  • Faubion
  • Giddens
  • Grandview Hills
  • Knowles
  • Larkspur
  • Naumann
  • Plain
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Tarvin

How do I start the registration process?

To be considered for the PreK tuition program, families must complete the online enrollment forms for PreK. The Early Childhood Community registrar will determine that the child does not qualify for free PreK. After confirmation from the registrar, a district staff member will send the family a Tuition-based PreK Interest Application Form and program guidelines.

If there are more interested families than there are spaces available across the district, a random selection process will be conducted.

After the first round of the random selection process is completed, PreK tuition interest forms will continue to be accepted. Students will be accepted or placed on a waitlist based on availability. Acceptance and waitlist emails and phone calls will be placed by the end of May and again by the end of July.

How will I know where tuition PreK is available?

When a child’s name is randomly selected for a space in tuition-based PreK, a district employee will call the family to let them know which campus has a space available. A family may choose to accept or decline. Families must provide their own transportation for students in our tuition-based PreK program.

If the child attends PreK at a campus other than their home campus and the family wishes to keep the child at the same campus for kindergarten, they must complete a transfer application. If the campus is closed to transfers, the child will return to their home zoned campus for kindergarten.

If you have additional questions about the tuition process, please contact Sarah Walker at 512-570-0360 or sarah.walker@leanderisd.org.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who can attend PreK in Leander ISD?

To be eligible for enrollment in a prekindergarten class, a child must be 3 years of age for PreK 3 or 4 years of age for PreK 4 on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year and be one or more of the following:

  1. unable to speak and comprehend the English language; or
  2. eligible to participate in the national free / reduced meal program based on family income; or
  3. homeless, as defined by 42 U.S.C. Section 1143a, regardless of the residence of the child, of either parent of the child, or of the child’s guardian or other person having lawful control of the child; or
  4. 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; or
  5. 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; or
  6. has ever been in the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code; or
  7. the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award under Section 3106.002, Section 3106.003, or Section 3106.004, Government Code.

Can non-qualifying children attend PreK? Do you offer tuition-based PreK?

Yes, Leander ISD will offer a limited number of spaces for tuition-based PreK 4 starting in the 2021–22 school year. For more information, please see the Tuition-Based PreK section above.

We also offer a free early childhood school readiness program called Parents as Teachers to families who live within the boundaries of following elementary schools:  Bagdad, Camacho, Faubion, Giddens, Knowles, Mason, Plain, Pleasant Hill, Reed and Whitestone.

If your child’s first language is Spanish and would attend one of the bilingual campuses (Bagdad, Knowles, Reed, Whitestone), your family also qualifies for Parents as Teachers.

Do you offer PreK for 3-year-olds?

Yes, Leander ISD offers PreK 3 to eligible students who are 3 years of age on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year and meet one of the seven possible eligibility criteria.

I have developmental concerns about my child. Can he/she attend PreK?

If your child qualifies for PreK regardless of if you have developmental concerns, your child may attend PreK (see the Eligibility section above). If your child does not qualify for PreK and you have a developmental concern about your child, please call our free developmental screening program, Child Find, at 512-570-0350.

What schools have PreK in Leander ISD?

We offer PreK at 15 elementary schools for 2021–22: Bagdad, Bush, Camacho, Cox, Cypress, Deer Creek, Faubion, Giddens, Grandview Hills, Larkspur, Knowles, Naumann, Plain, Pleasant Hill and Tarvin.

Why doesn’t my home/zoned school offer PreK?

In 2017 Leander ISD created Early Childhood Communities, worlds for 4-year-olds, to better meet the unique needs of our young learners. In Early Childhood communities, several surrounding schools come to one school for PreK where teachers collaborate in a team to provide engaging and enriching early childhood experiences. After PreK, your child will return to their home campus for kindergarten through 5th grade.

What are the hours for PreK?

PreK 4 is full-day and follows the elementary school day, 7:40 a.m.–2:55 p.m.

PreK 3 is half day from 7:40 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

Why can’t everyone attend PreK?

The state of Texas funds half-day PreK for qualifying students in all school districts in Texas. School districts can determine whether they provide PreK for non-qualifying students. Leander ISD offers a limited number of spaces for tuition-based PreK.

Can my child ride the bus to PreK?

Transportation is provided for students who qualify for the free PreK 3 or PreK 4 program and who live outside of the 2-mile radius.

Do PreK students eat breakfast and lunch?

Yes, children in PreK have both breakfast and lunch built into their daily schedule. Parents may purchase meals at school or send a meal with their child.

Does my child need to be potty-trained to attend PreK?

No, your child does not need to be potty-trained. The teacher will work with each family on an individual basis to help your child become successfully independent at school.


PreK Curriculum

Big Ideas in Prekindergarten

  • Clarity in written and spoken language, along with critical listening, demonstrates effective communication.
  • Reading a wide variety of genres expands understanding of the world, its people, and oneself.
  • Numerical Fluency is the wise and appropriate use of numbers and operations with flexibility, accuracy, and efficiency.
  • Communicate using the language of mathematics and mathematical tools to organize their understanding of concepts.
  • People develop, learn, and adapt cultures to create who we are and shape our communities.
  • Science is a way of knowing and learning about the natural world and may not answer all questions.

Activities to help prepare your child for PreK

  1. Read to and talk with your child each day.
  2. Have your child practice writing his/her name, using a capital letter only for the first letter.
  3. Have your child count objects around the house.
  4. Help your child identify and name the colors.
  5. Have your child look for and name letters and numbers everywhere.
  6. Have your child color, cut and glue.
  7. Have your child play board, educational computer, and card games.
  8. Have your child participate in physical activities outdoors and in imaginative play, like dress up, kitchen, or building with blocks.
  9. Help your child develop good toileting skills.
  10. Hug your child each day.