A prekindergarten (pre-k) partnership is a collaboration between a school district or charter school and one or more quality-rated child care programs, with the goal of providing high-quality care and education to eligible children. There are two kinds of partnerships: formal and informal. When your program enters a formal pre-k partnership, children are dually enrolled in public school pre-k and TWC’s Child Care Services program at your center. TWC provides funding to expand the ELP’s schedule to include wraparound care (the hours before and after pre-k instruction). The dual enrollment combined with TWC’s program provides children with continuity in care and education, and supports the needs of working families. When your program enters an informal partnership, the district or charter school and child care program share resources and information; but, because children are not dually enrolled in public school pre-k and a child care program, the child care center is not eligible for additional funds.
To be eligible for a pre-k partnership, a community-based child care provider must meet one of the following criteria:
Is your program already in a partnership? What are the benefits? What are the challenges?
If your program is not enrolled in a pre-k partnership, what’s holding you back?
What support do you need from your Texas Rising Star mentor to pursue a pre-k partnership?
A pre-k partnership is a collaboration between a school district or charter school and one or more quality-rated child care programs to provide high-quality care and education to eligible children. Play this video from the Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Education Agency to see how a pre-k partnership works.Age group(s): Preschool
Learn all about pre-k partnerships in this webinar from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). This video includes definitions, requirements, benefits, a description of the partnership process cycle, and additional resources.Age group(s): Preschool
This website provides a number of resources for learning about and preparing for prekindergarten partnerships. On this page you will also find a link to TEA’s Interest Form, which will connect you with specialists who can support your partnership planning.Age group(s): Preschool