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Register your child for FREE Pre-K!

Steps for Enrollment in the 2021-2022 School Year
  1. Beginning March 1, 2021, complete RISD’s online enrollment process.
    • Student Enrollment
    • Pre-K Application
  2. Then visit or contact your neighborhood elementary campus to schedule an appointment at the RISD Newcomer Center to determine your child’s Pre-K eligibility.

Eligibility*

Child must be 3 or 4 on or before September 1, 2021, and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Child is an English Learner (EL)
  • Family meets free/reduced lunch income eligibility guidelines
  • Family meets criteria of “homeless”
  • Child is an active duty military dependent
  • Child of a member of the armed forces, injured or killed while on active duty
  • Child of a person eligible for the STAR of Texas Award
  • Child is or has been in Foster Care

What you need for enrollment?

  • Original birth certificate or passport, residency card, etc.
  • Proof of income (current pay stub, food stamp letter, etc.)
  • Proof of residency (current electricity, water or gas bill or current apartment lease with parent’s name)
  • Child’s current immunization record
  • Guardianship and/or residency affidavit from RISD student services (if applicable)
  • Military documents (if applicable)
  • Foster care documents (if applicable)
  • Star of Texas Award certificate (if applicable)

*RISD is diligently working towards achieving our goal of providing Pre-K to all RISD families! Limited seats available for 3 year olds.

Why Pre-K?

High-quality Pre-K is a proven intervention to achieve educational equity

Short-Term Impact

  • Vocabulary, literacy and numeracy
  • Kindergarten and first grade school readiness
  • Standardized test scores in EL, MS and HS
  • Attendance in middle and high school
  • Special education placements and grade retention
  • Racial achievement gaps

Long-Term Impact

  • Likelihood of completing high school
  • Likelihood of enrolling in college
  • Likelihood of employment
  • Achieve 25% more lifetime earnings
  • Likelihood of relying on public assistance
  • Likelihood of incarceration
  • Likelihood of requiring special education services

Programs & Campuses

Dobie Primary

Programs are all full day

  • ECSE for 3 year and 4 year old students
  • Free Pre-K for qualifying 3 year old students (limited seats)
  • Free Pre-K for qualifying 4 year old students
  • Tuition-Based Pre-K for 3 and 4 year olds of RISD Employees
  • Tuition-Based Pre-K 4 for RISD Community*
  • Child Care Group Head Start program for 3 and 4 year olds

*Students must live in the RISD attendance area and seats will be awarded at the end of May based on available space. We do not currently have a tuition-based option for the RISD Community for Pre-K 3.

If an RISD student qualifies for 4 year old Pre-Kindergarten, he/she can be assigned to one of these schools.

If your neighborhood elementary campus does not offer Pre-K, RISD will provide daily transportation (not available for tuition students) from your neighborhood campus to your assigned Pre-K campus.

  • Aikin Elementary
  • Audelia Creek Elementary
  • Bowie Elementary
  • Canyon Creek Elementary
  • Dartmouth Elementary
  • Dobie Pre-Kindergarten School (Limited seats available for 3-year-olds)
  • Dover Elementary
  • Forest Lane Academy 
  • Forestridge Elementary
  • Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet
  • Jess Harben Elementary
  • Lake Highlands Elementary
  • Mark Twain Elementary
  • Northlake Elementary
  • Northrich Elementary
  • O. Henry Elementary
  • Richardson Heights Elementary
  • Richardson Terrace Elementary
  • Richland Elementary
  • Skyview Pre-Kindergarten School 
  • Spring Creek Elementary 
  • Spring Valley Elementary
  • Stults Road Elementary
  • Thurgood Marshall Elementary 
  • Wallace Elementary
  • White Rock Elementary

Frequently Asked Questions

Child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1, 2021 and meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Child is an English Learner (EL)
  • Family meets free/reduced lunch income eligibility guidelines
  • Family meets criteria of “homeless”
  • Child is an active duty military dependent
  • Child of a member of the armed forces, injured or killed while on active duty
  • Child of a person eligible for the STAR of Texas Award
  • Child is or has been in foster care

Yes, before- and after-school care is available, however seats are limited. Please contact the xPlore! office for more information.

If your neighborhood elementary campus does not offer Pre-K, RISD will provide daily transportation from your neighborhood campus to your assigned Pre-K campus.

No, in order for a child to be enrolled in our 3 year old program the child must be 3 years old on or before Sept. 1st of the enrolling school year.

No, in order for a child to be enrolled in our 4 year old program the child must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1st of the enrolling school year. However, your child may be eligible for the 3 year old Pre-K program.  Please contact your nearest elementary school to begin that process. 

Yes, but the specifics may vary according to each full-day campus.    

Yes, you will need to complete an inter-district transfer request if you live outside of the district to complete enrollment.

Students are initially identified as an English Learner (EL) via the Home Language Survey (HLS) which is given to all students upon enrollment. If the HLS indicates that any language other than English is spoken at home, students are referred to the Newcomer Center for language evaluation and program recommendation. If the child does not score ‘fluent’ then they are then considered an English Learner (EL) and qualify for free Pre-K.

A student is eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program. Visit the Texas guidelines for more information.

Here is a list of acceptable forms of income documentation:

Please review the Acceptable Pre-K Documentation for Proof of Income to determine which forms of documentation are and are not acceptable. Household income documentation should reflect any gross income received on a recurring basis for each individual in the household receiving income.

  • Current paycheck stub
  • Current pay envelope
  • Letter from employer stating gross wages paid and how often they are paid
    • Click here for a letter you can print and provide to your employer
  • Unemployment, Worker’s Compensation or Disability payment stub
  • Acceptable documentation for self-employment income, including:
    • Business or farming documents, such as ledger books and/or self-issued paycheck stub
      OR
    • Last year’s tax return
  • Acceptable documentation for cash income:
    • A letter from the employer stating wages paid and frequency
      • Click here for a letter you can print and provide to your employer
  • Current SNAP or TANF approval letter
    • Lone Star Card account numbers are not acceptable SNAP case numbers on the application.

The proof of income document should contain:

  • The name of the Pre-K student’s parent or guardian whose income is being reported
  • Amount and the date the income was received
  • A pay stub with no date is not sufficient
  • Gross income amount is all money earned before any deductions

Pre-K for RISD Employees

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Tuition-Based Pre-K

  • Must follow steps in the Employee Pre-K Application (Tuition) document on the RISD Intranet site under Miscellaneous Forms.
  • $350/month per child / 10 months
  • Pre-K for employee 4-year-olds is offered at all 26 RISD Pre-K campuses.
  • Pre-K for employee 3-year-olds is offered at Canyon Creek Elementary, Dobie Pre-Kindergarten School and Lake Highlands Elementary. There are a limited number of 3-year-old seats at each location.
  • Class make-up: qualifying students and tuition-based students
For more information, RISD employees can call the xPlore! office at 469-593-7530.

Frequently Asked Questions (RISD Employees)

Child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1 of school year you are enrolling and meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Child is an English Learner (EL)
  • Family meets free/reduced lunch income eligibility guidelines
  • Family meets criteria of “homeless”
  • Child is an active duty military dependent
  • Child of a member of the armed forces, injured or killed while on active duty
  • Child of a person eligible for the STAR of Texas Award
  • Child is or has been in foster care

4-year-old Pre-K students can attend Aikin, Audelia Creek, Bowie, Canyon Creek, Dobie, Dover, Dartmouth, Forest Lane, Forestridge, Hamilton Park, Jess Harben, Lake Highlands, Mark Twain, Northlake, Northrich, OHenry, Heights, Terrace, Richland, Skyview, Spring Creek, Spring Valley, Stults, Thurgood, Wallace, White Rock.

3-year-old Pre-K students can attend Canyon Creek, Dobie, or Lake Highlands. (Limited seats available)

$350/month per child for 10 months

For more information, RISD employees can call the xPlore! office at 469-593-7530.

If your neighborhood elementary campus does not offer Pre-K, RISD will provide daily transportation to your assigned Pre-K campus from your neighborhood campus. RISD will not provide transportation to employee students who reside outside of RISD boundaries.

No. Since we do not offer a 3 year old option for employees you will need to wait to enroll until next year.

Yes, but the specifics may vary according to each full-day campus.    

No, only employees who receive a seat in an RISD Pre-K classroom will need to complete an inter-district transfer request if they live outside of the district to complete enrollment.

No, if the employee is no longer employed by RISD the child is not eligible to remain in the tuition based classroom.

Tuition-Based Pre-K for RISD Community

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  • Must live in the RISD attendance area
  • Only available for Pre-K 4 program
  • $525/month for 10 months (August-May)
  • $100 deposit due when awarded a seat
  • Parents/Guardians must complete the RISD Tuition Pre-K Enrollment Agreement when seat is awarded
  • Qualifying seats are awarded first, therefore tuition seats will not be awarded until June
  • Is it possible that you could qualify for free Pre-K? Check eligibility here.

Contact Us

katy phinney

Katy Phinney

Pre-K Program Director
katy.phinney@risd.org
469-593-9100

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Vanessa Montez

Newcomer Center Coordinator
vanessa.montez@risd.org
469-593-9100

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Newcomer Center

1231 W Belt Line Road
Richardson, TX 75080
469-593-9100