McAllen ISD has qualified for a grant, worth more than $200,000, to help early-childhood programs. The move will be a benefit for children as they get ready for pre-kindergarten.

The Pre-Kindergarten Partnership Planning Grant, valued at $216,840, will be rolled out in the fall of 2017. The grant will provide for fully-certified bilingual teachers to be stationed at one of two day-care facilities. These teachers will use McAllen ISD’s curriculum, thus streamlining the transition into the public-school system for young children.

The grant will also cover resources such as computer labs for children. McAllen ISD’s is partnering with Rhema’s Learning Center (2402 Buddy Owens Blvd.) and Loving Angels Child Development Center (3615 N. Ware Rd.), both in McAllen.

Children will become immersed in letter knowledge, phonological awareness, numeracy, vocabulary development and social-emotional development

“This grant will provide additional access to low-income children,” McAllen ISD Early-Childhood Strategist Juan Lira said. “This grant will (also) make high-quality, early-education available to more children.”

The grant’s vision is to improve the quality of children’s learning opportunities before they enter the Kindergarten through 12th-grade system. McAllen ISD offers full-day pre-kindergarten for qualifying families.