why pre-k?

Why Early Childhood Education?

Act early.

Children develop at an extraordinary pace from birth to age 5. Important developmental milestones achieved during this period set them up for success in overall health, school performance, self-regulation, and relationships with others. Act now to take full advantage of this important developmental time.

Trusted caregivers.

Preschool provides a high-quality space for young children to learn, grow, and socialize during the day under the trained guidance of early childhood educators.

Flexibility for you.

Many school districts offer half-day and full-day programs, which allow you greater work flexibility and earning potential.

Meals and more.

Enrolled children in most school districts receive breakfast, lunch, and a snack when they attend. They are also provided the necessary school supplies to participate each day–free of charge.

English is not required.

English fluency is not a barrier. Pre-Kinder programs support Spanish and English speakers so no child misses an opportunity.

It pays off.

Children in high-quality early childhood environments are four times more likely to graduate from high school or college, which helps them become more employable adults.

frequently asked questions

Each school district or charter school has specific guidelines for potty training 3 and 4-year-olds. Check with your school district or charter school to find out their requirements.

Early childhood education programs are age-specific and created for the developmental milestones around each age. Children focus on skill-building around concepts such as sharing, playing with others, enjoying story time, and even free play.

Pre-Kindergarten is focused on development rather than learning facts and information. Children still learn, but the focus is on growth in awareness, self-regulation, understanding of those around them, and independence, not on testing and measurement.

Fill out the Eligibility Form to determine if you qualify. You will receive an email from Early Matters San Antonio with your eligibility status shortly after submitting.

Each school district or charter school has its own schedule. Check with the charter or district in your area to find out dates.

Pre-Kindergarten educators are specially trained in early development to prepare kids for success in Kindergarten and beyond.

Children must be 3 years old on or before September 1 to be eligible for Pre-Kindergarten.

You may be eligible for free Pre-K.

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