The Pasadena ISD early childhood education program has been named by the TEA as a recipient of the House Bill 4 High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten grant, totaling over $1.5 million.
“Emphasis on pre-kindergarten education has been on the rise in the last few years and we are proud to offer more opportunities to the children of Pasadena,” said Dr. Karen Hickman, deputy superintendent of campus development.
The grant provides funding for 20 additional full-day pre-k classrooms across the district. This means classroom space for 440 pre-k students, adding to the 2,300 enrolled last year.
Also, the funding will provide teachers and paraprofessionals for each of the additional classrooms, instructional materials and professional development for all pre-k teachers.
To become eligible for the grant, the district had to undergo a rigorous application process and meet quality standards related to curriculum, teacher qualifications, academic performance and family engagement.
Pasadena ISD met all of these standards and has already started the expansion which will take effect in August 2016.