Pre-K Requirements

Student Eligibility for Pre-K from the Texas Education Agency

Pre-K at IDEA: How Does My Child Qualify for the Program?

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Thank you for your interest in IDEA Public Schools. An IDEA Pre-K classroom is a great place to learn and grow. Our dedicated teachers track each student’s progress and match instruction to meet their specific needs. The eligibility requirements listed below are only for the state of Texas. 

To be eligible for enrollment in a free Pre-K class, a child must be at least four years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year and meet at least one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • unable to speak and comprehend the English language
  • is educationally disadvantaged (eligible to participate in the national school lunch program… guidelines about NSLP eligibility can be found in sections 4 and 6 of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Administrators Reference Manual)
  • is homeless, as defined by 42 USC, §11434a, 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
  • is 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
  • 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
  • is or has ever been in the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (foster care) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Family Code §262.201
  • is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as:

For more information, visit the TEA website by following the link provided here: Pre-K Registration Information 21-22.

What schools offer Half-Day Pre-K at IDEA Public Schools?

  • IDEA Alamo
  • IDEA Donna
  • IDEA Edinburg
  • IDEA Elsa
  • IDEA Frontier
  • IDEA Los Encinos
  • IDEA McAllen
  • IDEA Mission
  • IDEA North Mission
  • IDEA Owassa
  • IDEA Pharr
  • IDEA Quest
  • IDEA Rio Grande City
  • IDEA Riverview
  • IDEA San Benito
  • IDEA San Juan
  • IDEA Tres Lagos
  • IDEA Weslaco Pike
  • IDEA Edgemere
  • IDEA Rio Vista
  • IDEA Mesa Hills
  • IDEA Mesquite Hills
  • IDEA Horizon Vista
  • IDEA Brackenridge
  • IDEA Burke
  • IDEA Converse
  • IDEA Hidden Meadow
  • IDEA Ewing Halsell
  • IDEA Ingram Hills
  • IDEA Najim
  • IDEA South Flores

IDEA Travis in the Permian Basin region also offers Pre-K and is currently the only IDEA school
to offer full-day Pre-K.

Our Student Application is now Open!

We are now accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year for Ohio, Florida, and the majority of Texas schools. Whether you are new to IDEA or have a new sibling coming to IDEA, be sure to submit your application.