Ysleta ISD Pre-K for all El Paso Families Enters Second Year

Early registration takes place this month at the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) for the 2016-2017 “Pre-K for All” program, which offers all El Paso-area families the opportunity to enroll their children in a quality pre-kindergarten program at no cost to them.

The free pre-K program is being offered in the upcoming school year at 15 campuses: the Parkland and Ysleta Pre-K centers; and Cedar Grove, Constance Hulbert, East Point, Eastwood Heights, Edgemere, Glen Cove, LeBarron, Loma Terrace, Pasodale, Pebble Hills, Sageland, Scotsdale, and Tierra Del Sol elementary schools.

In previous years at YISD, students were eligible for free pre-K programs only if they were 4 years old and either unable to speak English, educationally disadvantaged, homeless, the child of active duty U.S. armed forces member, or in conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services following an adversary hearing.

But in 2015, YISD made its free “Pre-K for All” program available to all El Paso-area families. Parents interested in free “Pre-K for All” should take note of the following important dates:

 April 8: Pre-K registration packets available at participating campuses

 April 25-29: Early registration at participating campuses. Parents registering for the free “Pre-K for All” program will be placed on a waiting list until August, when available slots will be determined.

 May through July: Normal pre-K registration. Parents registering for the free “Pre-K for All” program will be placed on a waiting list until August, when available slots will be determined.

 Aug. 8-12: “Pre-K for All” waiting list reviewed and parents notified of available slots

 Aug. 22: First day of classes for 2016-2017 school year

There are a limited number of slots, so parents are advised to register children as soon as possible. The child must be present at registration and must be 4 years old by Sept. 1. Documents required to complete pre-K registration include the child’s Social Security card, immunization record, and birth certificate, as well as the parent’s photo I.D. and the current month’s utility bill (gas, water, or electric only), or a home contract or lease.

The YISD pre-K program is designed to help develop children’s social, emotional, self-help, and cognitive skills while providing hands-on activities and immersing them in a literature-rich environment.

For more information on “Pre-K for All,” please contact the campuses where it is being offered or visit www.yisd.net