Our District’s Early Childhood and Literacy program build the foundation for a learning continuum from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. The Early Childhood Educational focus is to personalize learning for each child’s development and educational needs while expanding on their learning experiences through developmentally appropriate early childhood practices.
The Pre-Kindergarten Program is composed of intensive language and early literacy developmental curriculum designed to give 4-year-old children, who qualify based on the Texas Education Agency Eligibility Rules and Requirements for Prekindergarten, a solid educational foundation. The UISD PK Administrators and Teachers plan according to the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (Updated 2015) English/Spanish. This document is essential for planning comprehensive curriculum based on appropriate levels of challenging instruction with engaging activities requiring children to think, reason, and communicate with others. The PK skills found in the (Updated 2015) Texas PK Guidelines are directly aligned to the K-12 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). In addition, the skills are sequenced appropriately and properly focused on the child development stages, while providing the teaching strategy recommended for each of the PK Guidelines. As a result, our pre-kindergarten program equips our educators with information and support to prepare all PK children for success in Kindergarten.
Family Engagement is the Key to promoting enriched and supportive learning environments that nurture the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of a young child. As a result, we promote Parents as Key Partners in our children’s learning and seek their participation throughout the year. We have established a UISD PK Family Engagement Plan. This is a plan found on our website that provides information about our early childhood goals, plans, and family engagement projects which engage school and family leaders as equal partners in planning for our children’s education. In addition, we have established a UISD PK Family TOOLKIT. This is an interactive website which provides information based on Epstein’s Six Types of Family Involvement. It assists families and students by providing hands-on lessons and informative videos, which will support daily learning. Both the UISD PK Family Engagement Plan & the UISD PK Family TOOLKIT are living documents. They are developed, reviewed, approved and updated annually by, the UISD Early Childhood Advisory Group thus, engaging a positive impact of full family participation in decision making towards our children’s academic success.
During the 2017-2018 school year, UISD will offer the half-day Pre-Kindergarten program at 16 Elementary Schools. The PK Morning and PK Afternoon Session Schedules are as follow:
PK Morning Session Schedule: Breakfast at 7:30 am, Opening Exercises at 7:40 am, 45min Physical Development (teacher directed), Dismissal at 10:46 am, and Lunch from 11:24am-11:54 am.
PK Afternoon Session Schedule: Lunch from 11:24am-11:54 am, Opening Exercises at 11:54 am, 45min Physical Development (teacher directed), and Dismissal at 3:00pmOur district recognizes the importance of offering a full day Pre-Kindergarten program. As a result, the number of elementary schools offering a full day PK program during the 2016-2017 School Year went from 2 to 7 elementary campuses. A total of 28 PK full day classes. For the 2017-2018 School Year, we will continue to increase the number of
Our district recognizes the importance of offering a full day Pre-Kindergarten program. As a result, the number of elementary schools offering a full day PK program during the 2016-2017 School Year went from 2 to 7 elementary campuses. A total of 28 PK full day classes. For the 2017-2018 School Year, we will continue to increase the number of full-day PK Classes. UISD will increase from 7 to 12 elementary campuses offering full day PK. A predicted total of 40 PK Full Day Classes.
The District offers 2 PK Full Day Schedules, 1. The Regular & the High-Quality PK Grant Full Day Schedule and 2. The Texas Migrant Head Start PK (Partnership) with the High-Quality PK Grant Full Day Schedule they are stated as follow:
1. Regular & High Quality PK Grant Full Day Schedule: Breakfast at 7:30 am, Opening Exercises at 7:40 am, 30 min Lunch, 45 min PE, and Dismissal at 3:01 pm
2. Texas Webb County Head Start PK (Partnership) with the High Quality PK Grant Full Day Schedule: Breakfast at 7:30am, Opening Exercises at 7:40am, 15 min AM Recess, 30 min Lunch, 45 min PE, 15 min PM Recess, 60 min Nap/Rest Time, 10 min Snack Time, and Dismissal at 3:01pm. The schools that will participate in a Full Day PK Program during the 2017-2018 school year are listed below:
Regular Full Day * Follow 1. Regular & High-Quality PK Grant Full Day Schedule
1. Juarez-Lincoln Elementary 2. Kennedy-Zapata Elementary
High-Quality PK Grant Full Day * Follow 1. Regular & High-Quality PK Grant Full Day Schedule
1. R.C. Centeno Elementary 2. S. Perez Elementary 3. Roosevelt Elementary 4. Veterans Memorial Elementary 5. J. Zaffirini Elementary
Texas Migrant Head Start (Partnership) with the High-Quality PK Grant Full Day * Follow 2. Texas Webb County Head Start PK (Partnership) with the High-Quality PK Grant Full Day Schedule:
1. Dr. H. Cuellar Elementary 2. Clark Elementary 3. Gutierrez Elementary 4. Newman Elementary 5.Freedom Elementary
A full-day instructional program for kindergarten is conducted in each elementary school. The program is designed to promote academic skills, which provide a firm foundation for later school success.
The District curriculum is closely tied to the Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines and Kindergarten TEKS issued by the State of Texas for all students. Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten students receive instruction in all of the areas of language and literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, technology, health, visual arts, music, and physical education to prepare them for success in kindergarten and on to first grade and beyond.
Early Childhood curriculum requirements are aligned with a state-adopted curriculum that integrates subject areas and concepts throughout a strong literacy development program. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten are the foundational levels of curriculum matrices for language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. All in all, a learner–centered instruction builds upon a safe and nurturing environment that promotes growth in all areas of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.