• Pre-K Eligibility Guidelines

    To enter Pre-K, your child must turn 4 years old on or before September 1st.

    • 2024-2025 enrollment year- children must turn four years old on or before September 1, 2024.

    Your child must also meet at least one of these eligibility criteria: 

    • eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program; or
    • receives SNAP/TANF/Medicaid benefits; or
    • has limited English proficiency (eligibility is based on results of language testing scheduled and provided by Midland ISD); or 
    • is or has been in the care of the Department of Family and Protective Services (foster care); or
    • is homeless; or
    • is the child of an active duty military member, including mobilized reserves; or
    • is the child of an active duty member injured or killed during military duty; or
    • is the child of a peace officer, a firefighter, or an emergency medical first responder who received the Star of Texas award.

    Applying for Pre-K

    Complete an application for Pre-K by finding your home campus and filling out an application in person. Be sure to bring proof of your child's age and evidence your child meets the Pre-K eligibility criteria with you when you apply. Eligibility documents submitted with the application should be legitimate, current, and unexpired.

    Step I:   Gather Your Eligibility Documents 

    • Child’s Birth Certificate 
      • Acceptable documents include official birth certificate, adoption record, hospital birth record, baptism record, passport or other legal document that establishes child’s age and identity.

    • Proof of Eligibility
      • Limited English Proficiency or Homeless
        • Pre-K will let you know what else we need after reviewing your online application.

      • Provide at least one these documents with the online application if you want to show eligibility for Pre-K on the basis of Income, Foster Care, Military Service or Star of Texas Award status: 
        • Income
          • Three most recent pay stubs for every adult in the household

          • Three most recent pay stubs for Unemployment, Worker’s Compensation, or Disability payment for every adult  in the household

          • SNAP, TANF or Medicaid benefits letter. Snap Example

          • IRS Form 1099 for a business owner or self-employment

          • Additional Income Sources- Contact the campus if you have questions about these income sources:

            • monetary compensation for services, including wages, salary, commissions or fees
            • net income from non-farm self-employment
            • net income from farm self-employment
            • social security
            • dividends or interest on savings or bonds or income from estates or trusts
            • net rental income
            • unemployment compensation
            • government civilian employee or military retirement, or pensions or veterans payments
            • private pensions or annuities
            • alimony or child support payments
            • regular contributions from persons not living in the household
            • net royalties
            • other cash income including cash amounts received or withdrawn from any source including savings, investments, trust accounts, and other resources that would be available to pay the price of a child's meal.

        • Foster Care- Form 2085-Foster Care, court adoption records as a result of DFPS custody or proof of DFPS conservatorship (including children returned to parents after hearing) or official letter from DFPS or court. Foster Care Example

        • Military Service-  Statement of Service or official letter from Commanding Officer. Do NOT attach copy of U.S. Department of Defense ID. Veterans Affairs Example

        • Star of Texas Award- Star of Texas Award certificate or citation from Texas Governor’s Office.

    Step II:  Submit an Application at Your Home Campus

    Step III:  Application Review & Notification

    • Allow up to 10 business days for the campus staff to review your application and to reach out regarding next steps. Missing or expired documents can delay this process.  

    • You will be notified by email or phone about your application, eligibility status, and next steps in the enrollment process if your child qualifies for Pre-K.