Blended Prekindergarten Program Overview
Carroll ISD offers a blended early education setting which serves three types of early education programs in an inclusive environment, as well as a special education setting for students who require more intensive and individualized instruction that the blended program is unable to provide. All of the early education programs described below are currently provided at three elementary campuses: Carroll Elementary, Rockenbaugh Elementary, and Old Union Elementary.
The first is the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) which provides special education and related services for eligible children with disabilities ages three-five. This program is legally mandated for eligible students beginning on their third birthday, regardless of when the birthday falls during the school year, and ends when the student becomes eligible for kindergarten. These services are determined by the student’s Admission, Review, and Dismissal committee (ARD), based on individual need, and may include walk-in therapies, partial/full day placement in the CISD Blended Preschool Program, and/or placement into a special education setting designed to provide students with foundational skills required to demonstrate success in the general education environment. Special education services provided through PPCD are offered at no cost to parents.
The second type of early education program is the state-mandated prekindergarten program. Texas state law requires school districts to provide free half-day preschool programs if there are 15 or more four-year-old students who meet any of the eligibility criteria. Currently, Carroll ISD offers a full-day pre-kindergarten program for students who are three or four by September 1st of the current school year.
The third type of early education program offered by Carroll ISD is the tuition-based preschool program. Students who reside within Carroll ISD boundaries, and who are not eligible for either program listed above, and who are three or four by September 1st of the current school year, may request enrollment. In order to be considered for enrollment in this program, parents must pre-register their students in the spring of the previous school year. Enrollment is determined through a lottery process as space is limited, and based on availability.