MISSION, Texas – Mission CISD will soon be expanding its Pre-K3 program to qualifying students for the 2020 school year. Parents of 3-year-olds in the district will soon have a full day of schooling option for their children. Due to high demand, the district is expanding the Pre-K3 services to all Mission elementary schools beginning this fall.
Dr. Carol G. Perez, superintendent, “We’re really inviting the children and the families that the children don’t have a place to go right now. Most of the children that are coming to us are staying home.”
a few state eligibility requirements must be met in order to qualify for the program, which are: The child is unable to speak and comprehend the English language and they must be eligible for the national school lunch program.
Other criteria that can qualify a student:
- being the child of an active duty member
- have been or are currently in foster care
- being the child of a first responder, firefighter or peace officer
The program currently serves about 150 toddlers across seven classrooms, with class sizes of under 20.
“What we’re really after is developing oral language skills, socialization skills and also higher level thinking skills, problem solving, social, emotional learning and so forth.” said Dr. Perez.
Dr. Perez adds Mission CISD’s investment into early education is proving rewarding. They are excited to expand the program for others who qualify and help prepare these students for subsequent schooling.
Pre-registration begins Wednesday, Feb. 19th at all Mission CISD elementary schools. Parents must take a valid ID, the child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residence.