HOW TO QUALIFY FOR PK

QUALIFYING DOCUMENTATION

7 Ways Children Qualify for PK3 and PK4

  1. The child is unable to speak an/or comprehend the English language; OR
  2. The child is homeless, as defined by 42 U.S.C. Section 11302; OR
  3. A child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States; OR
  4. A child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty; OR
  5. The child has been in the conservatorship of the Dept. of Family and Protective Services following an adversary hearing under Family Code 262.201; OR
  6. The child is educationally disadvantaged (qualify for free/reduced lunch); OR
  7. The child of a first responder who has received the Star of Texas Award.

QUALIFYING DOCUMENTATION

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QUALIFYING AS AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER


  • Check the Home Language Survey for any other language than English. If the survey has a language other than English, the child should take the Pre-LAS test.
  • If the student scores less that 76 on the ENGLISH test, the student will qualify as an English Language Learner.
  • Students that have Spanish marked on the home language survey should also be tested in Spanish.
  • If the child qualifies by language, mark the “LANGUAGE” box on the top of the prekindergarten application and write your name on the appropriate space on the application.
  • Please remember that any child identified as LEP, (limited English proficiency), through the testing procedures must also have a completed pre-k application and needs to be processed immediately and entered into the district LEP file.
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CHILDREN QUALIFYING AS HOMELESS


  • If the child’s parent says they are homeless, write “APPROVED HOMELESS” in box at the top of the prekindergarten application.
  • Allow school office personnel to connect the family with Project Help. This department will complete the registration process for the child.
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QUALIFYING AS A FOSTER CHILD


  • Ask the parent for the form from the Department of Family and Protective Services which documents the child’s eligibility for foster care.
  • If the child has ever been in foster care, they will have a letter from DFPS.
  • Children who are adopted may or may not qualify. They must have a letter from DFPS to qualify.
  • Mark the box “Foster Child” at the top of the prekindergarten application. Date and sign application in the appropriate spaces.
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QUALIFYING FOR PK BY INCOME


  • A copy of proof for ALL income coming into the household must be attached to the application.
  • A “household” is everyone living in the house, unless they are paying rent and living as a separate household under the same roof. Attach a copy of proof of income for all household members to the PK application.
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CHILDREN QUALIFYING AS A MILITARY DEPENDENT


  • Ask the parent to look at their military ID card or a copy of the military orders. Do not make a copy of the military ID card, instead make a note on the PK application that you saw military ID card and it is current. Military orders can be accepted as well.
  • The step-parent’s service will qualify the child.
  • Check the box “Military” at the top of the application. Write your name, date and school in the appropriate spaces on the application.
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CHILD OF A DECEASED PARENT WHILE ACTIVE MILITARY


  • If the parent is deceased, the family will present a copy of the death certificate indicating the service member died while serving on active duty.
  • Check the box “Military” at the top of the application. Write your name, date and school in the appropriate spaces on the application.
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CHILD OF A FIRST RESPONDER WHO HAS RECEIVED THE STAR OF TEXAS AWARD

If the child's parent is a first responder (Texas peace officer, firefighter or emergency medical responder) who has received the Star of Texas Award.

There will be more important to come with details of qualifying students by income.