Expanding Access to High-Quality Pre-K
Pre-K Partnerships is a collaboration between Austin Independent School District and United Way for Greater Austin to support and expand access to high-quality full-day pre-K for children ages 3 and 4 in our community.
We’re partnering with child development centers in the Austin community to deliver high-quality pre-K and provide centers with resources to help improve and sustain quality services for children. This support includes professional development and recruitment and co-enrollment of children – at both the center and in Austin ISD – to facilitate a smooth transition into Kindergarten on an Austin ISD campus.
Success in life begins with a quality education, but more than 50% of children in Travis County are not ready for Kindergarten. That’s why this partnership ensures children get a strong start in life and are ready to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond. Our youngest years are the most active period for brain development, a crucial time to lay a firm foundation for all future growth. What happens in these early years has a lasting impact from Kindergarten readiness to third-grade reading scores to high school graduation and beyond.