The Texas Legislature determines eligibility requirements for free, public prekindergarten in Texas. The Legislature established the prekindergarten program with the intent to provide early learning experiences to students who are most in need. The Legislature believed that a high-quality prekindergarten program could mitigate the impact of the at-risk characteristics, thereby assisting students to become school ready when they enter kindergarten. Katy ISD offers a prekindergarten program for eligible students who turn 4 years of age on or before September 1st of the school year in which they intend to enroll. The District uses PowerSchool, an online registration process, for new student registration.
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Free & Reduced Lunch for 20-21 Prekindergarten Students:
- Prekindergarten students registering for the 2020-2021 school year must apply for meal benefits (and do NOT automatically qualify for meals). For additional information visit the Food Services site.
Prekindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year
Online prekindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year is available for students who will turn 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2020. Students must also meet the prekindergarten eligibility criteria in order to enroll. During the 2020 fall semester, all Katy ISD students will have to option of enrolling in virtual instruction through Katy Virtual Academy (KVA). More information regarding KVA may be found here.
Families should first complete the online portion of the prekindergarten registration process. New enrollees interested in KVA will be given that option via the online registration process. The family will be contacted via email or phone if any additional information is required. See additional information below for families seeking to qualify for prekindergarten based on language..
If a language assessment is required, the District will contact the family via email or over the phone to schedule an appointment for testing. Families will be contacted in the order that their online registration is received. Due to safety precautions related to the COVID-19 Emergency, the District is only able to assess a limited number of students at a time.
All students will be pre-screened prior to entering the testing site. Parents will be asked to complete a Pre-Screening form verifying that the child is symptom-free. Follow the links below to view or download the form in English or Spanish:
- Pre-screener for COVID 19 - English
- Pre-screener for COVID 19 - Spanish
Attendance GuidelinesBus transportation is not provided for prekindergarten students. Parents or guardians must provide transportation to and from school.
Prekindergarten is not a mandatory program. However, if your child qualifies and is enrolled, he/she is subject to compulsory attendance law. Your child must attend school each day, Monday - Friday. Prekindergarten is a full-day program.
Prekindergarten Family Engagement
Katy ISD has developed and implemented a prekindergarten family engagement plan to assist the district in achieving and maintaining high levels of family engagement in prekindergarten and positive family attitudes toward education at the prekindergarten level. This family engagement plan is designed to support six components of family engagement critical to the development of a high-quality prekindergarten program. Follow the link below to the Pre-K Family Engagement webpage for more information.