Young children are natural scientists eager to discover all they can about the world around them. Technology, too, can expand students’ interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), as well as their ability to acquire information and solve problems - even in preK classrooms.
In Waco Independent School District (ISD), our prekindergarten program provides a learning environment that affords each child opportunities to use their natural curiosity to make sense of their world. Over the last two years, we’ve dramatically increased students’ time on task in STEM, while helping them get a jump-start on learning key concepts and skills.
Enrolling students in pre-k and kindergarten
High-quality prekindergarten inspires children to become lifelong learners and prepares them for kindergarten and beyond by teaching them important skills needed for academic and social success. Kids who attend high-quality prekindergarten are more prepared for kindergarten, have better reading and writing skills, do better in grades K-12, have better social skills, behavior, and conduct, and go on to greater success in life.
Waco ISD and other community partners launched a community-wide awareness campaign around a free parenting tool called Vroom. Vroom provides daily, age-appropriate brain building activities for adults to do with infants, toddlers and preschoolers to help prepare each child for kindergarten. Each brain building activity is paired with a science-based background, therefore allowing the adult to under stand how that specific activity is building the brain of the child.
Bringing awareness to our community through cross-sector partnerships is one great example of collective impact going on in Waco. Community partners are reinforcing the same message about Vroom, utilizing the backbone organization for support, communicating to the families they work with about the free parenting tool, and tracking how many families and children they talk about Vroom with.
Early childhood providers, community organizations and community members can all help bring awareness to our community-click here:(http://www.prosperwaco.org/vroom/) to find out how!
To learn more about the benefits of prekindergarten, visit www.PrekindergartenPrepares.com.
For more information about the Waco ISD Prekindergarten or Kindergarten programs, please contact us at 254-755-9477.
A child is eligible for enrollment in free prekindergarten if he or she is at least four years of age by Sept. 1, and also meets at least one of the following criteria:
- unable to speak or comprehend the English language;
- educationally disadvantaged;
- 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.
- is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as: A. a peace officer under Section 3106.002 Government Code; B. a firefighter under Section 3106.003, Government Code; or C. an emergency medical first responder under Section 3106.004, Government Code.
Families will have the opportunity to register their PreK children for the 2017-2018 school year during registration (July 24 thru Aug. 4th) at their child's campus. To register for prekindergarten, parents will need to bring the following information:
- Child’s official birth certificate (can be obtained through http://www.texas.gov);
- Child’s immunization records;
- Child’s Social Security card;
- Legal papers (from a divorce or separation);
- Proof of residency, (i.e., a utility bill-water, gas, electricity);
- Proof of income or documentation of earnings (preK only); and
- Photo identification of parent or guardian who is registering the child.
Parents will provide transportation to and from school for their Prekindergarten child. Bus services are not provided for Prekindergarten students.
Other opportunities to register will exist during the summer (for example: Family Fest & Pre-Registration), but don't put it off. Don't wait until school starts to get registered.