Parents in the Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) interested in an early-childhood program for their children now have a new option available to them. The district is starting a Pre-K3 program, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

Pre-K 3 students will be served through three Mission CISD schools. The locations were selected to serve students in various areas of the district. The schools will be: Salinas Elementary School Fine Arts Academy to the north; Escobar/Rios Elementary School in the more central areas of the district; and Leal Elementary School of Technology and Engineering to the south.

“We feel it is important to make this investment in early childhood development,” explains Dr. Carol G. Perez, superintendent of schools. “For the students who are able to participate, this will help them build a strong literacy foundation and set the stage for success as they advance in grade levels.”

Students for the new Pre-K3 program must be at least three years of age on September 1, 2019 and meet certain state eligibility requirements, including: unable to speak and comprehend the English language, be eligible for National School Lunch Program. Other criteria that can qualify a student for the Pre-K3 program include: be the child of an active duty member of the armed forces or the reserves, been in foster care, is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award-qualifying peace officers, firefighters, or emergency medical first responders.

Space will be limited. Interested parents can register their child now for the 2019-2020 school year at the closest of the three schools offering the Pre-K3 program to their home. Parents should bring their own valid form of identification, the child’s birth certificate, the child’s immunization record, proof of residence (utility bill, etc.), and the child’s social security card if available.

For more information about registering students for the Pre-K3 program, contact the schools at the following numbers: Salinas Elementary School Fine Arts Academy, 323-6200; Escobar/Rios Elementary School, 323-8400; Leal Elementary School of Technology and Engineering, 323-4600. Students will be accepted on a first come-first served basis. Space is limited.