WACO (April 23, 2014) During the Waco ISD’s Prekindergarten Round Up from May 5 through May 9 parents may visit any elementary school campus in the district to meet with teachers, tour classrooms and find out about the activities in which their children will participate.
Children who attend high-quality pre-k programs are better prepared for kindergarten and beyond with better reading, writing and social skills, behavior and conduct, the district said.
“It’s incredible to see how much our pre-k students learn and grow in just a short time,” said Dr. Terri Patterson, Waco ISD executive director of elementary education.
“Quality early education is critical to a child’s social, emotional and academic development and is the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.”
Children are eligible for enrollment in the free pre-k program if they are at least 4 years old and meet at least one of the following criteria:
Unable to speak or comprehend the English language
The child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or the reserves, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority
The child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or the reserves, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty
Is or ever has been in foster care
To register children for the program, parents will need to bring a photo ID, their children’s official birth certificates, any legal documents from a divorce of separation, immunization records, the children’s Social Security cards and a utility bill as proof of residence.