Legislative Pre-K Requirements

Budget Rider 78

New Requirements for ALL Public and Charter Pre-Ks

What exactly is Rider 78? What does it say?

Rider 78 is a legislative action attached to the current budget.

- "Adopt a new rider requiring the Commissioner ensure that recipient school districts and charter schools use a portion of their Foundation School Program kindergarten entitlement, totaling $236 million statewide, to implement prekindergarten consistent with the requirements of a High-Quality Prekindergarten program, pursuant to the provisions in Education Code, §§29.167 – 29.171."

TEA Clarification on Rider 78

High-Quality Prekindergarten Program 15% Minimum Quality Allocation

Rider 78 ensures that school districts expend 15% of the districts’ prekindergarten foundation school program (FSP) funding on High-Quality Prekindergarten programs over the period of the biennium. As an example, the TEA State Funding Division has calculated the 15% minimum to be allocated for High Quality Prekindergarten programs in the 2018-19 biennium based on the four-year-old prekindergarten half-day average daily attendance (ADA). TEA will implement monitoring as necessary to ensure that FSP funds are used as described.

Region 7 Support with Implementation of HQPK

Region 7 is committed to support our districts' implementation of High Quality Pre-K programs to meet Rider 78 requirements. We will provide Early Childhood trainings specifically for Pre-K and Kinder teachers and will be happy to schedule visits and coaching time. Each 6 hour training session will now include 4 hours of EC Experiential Professional Development and 2 hours of Peer and Collaborative Coaching with Lesson Design to support teachers towards fulfilling the 15 hour PD and 15 hour Coaching HQPK teacher quality yearly requirements.
Link to TEA HQPK Requirements

HQPK information on TEA website

Free TX Pre-K Eligibility Criteria

TEA Pre-K Eligibility Criteria(Includes Star of Texas)

Contact Information

Rhonda M. Lemon, M.ED.

Early Childhood Specialist