Early Childhood Education

PreK Roundup

DeSoto ISD wants to hear from you. The 2019 Climate Survey is the first of many steps in the district's strategic planning efforts aimed at reimagining DeSoto ISD.

Part of this process includes gathering your open and honest feedback which is why DeSoto ISD has established this anonymous survey for our families, staff, and students.

The anonymous survey includes questions about school discipline, student support, student engagement, and safety conditions in each of our schools.

This information will be used to guide our educational practices and programs that support safe and orderly school learning communities.

Thank you for your participation in this important study of our schools to better understand your experiences in DeSoto ISD assessing how we impact students.

Visit the appropriate link below to complete the 2019 DeSoto ISD Climate Survey.

Vision Statement


Vision-The “Early Childhood Department” will demonstrate an encouraging, responsive, respectful and reliable child-focused all-embracing family-oriented environment for every children, parent, staff, and community partner.

DeSoto ISD offers four early childhood programs, starting with Eagle Advantage Child Development Center which is an employee childcare center from age 6 weeks through age 3. At Amber Terrace Discovery & Design Early Childhood Academy are two Pre-K  4 programs - one based on the state eligibility and one tuition-based. Little Eagles Learning Center is a community partnership for Pre-K 3 classes at  Kosmic Kids Learning Center.

Click here to Register for Pre-K and K

Tuition-based Pre-K Program - age 4

DeSoto ISD is offering a tuition-based Pre-K age 4 program for all children in DeSoto ISD boundary, plus children of employees, who do not meet the state eligibility for free Pre-K.


  • The student must be age 4 on or before September 1, 2018
  • Live within DeSoto ISD boundary (proof of residency required) or child of an employee
  • Not eligible for state program based on income, non-English, or other criteria
  • Limited to space availability


  • Complete the new student registration online at www.desotoisd.org
  • Submit your $100 deposit online (click on DeSoto ISD Web Store) or bring a money order to 200 S. Hampton Road by June 29une 29 
  • Bring documents listed below to complete registration:

Child’s original copy of birth certificate (see below)
Child’s immunization records
Child’s social security card
Proof of residency (current water, gas, or electricity bill) and
Parent/guardian driver’s license

Tuition-Based Pre-K Details:

  • The program will take place at renovated Amber Terrace Discovery & Design Early Childhood Academy, 224 Amber Lane 
  • The program will follow the school calendar and the hours will be 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Before and after-school care available for an additional fee:
    Before-school care from 6:30-7:15 a.m. = $10 per week
    After-school care from 3:15-5:35 p.m. = $15 per week
    Both before and after = $20 per week
  • Annual tuition is $5,600, $100 deposit will be deducted from the total.
    Payment options - 1. Pay in full in advance and receive a $200 discount
    2. Pay each semester - save $50 per payment
    3. Automatic payment each month
  • No transportation provided for tuition-based or state Pre-K programs
  • Child-centered curriculum framework follows Texas Pre-K Guidelines and is aligned with Kindergarten Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

State Pre-K 4 Program - based on eligibility, age 4


  • State Pre-K 4 students based on eligibility - register online www.desotoisd.org 

Child’s original copy of birth certificate (see below)
Child’s immunization records
Child’s social security card
Proof of residency (current water, gas, or electricity bill) and
Parent/guardian driver’s license

Registration is for eligible students as defined by the Texas Legislature.  

A child is eligible for FREE, public Pre-K if the child is age 4 on or before Sept. 1 AND at least one of the following:

  • the family qualifies for free or reduced meal program (please fill out Child Nutrition application at 200 W. Parkerville before registering at school); OR
  • is unable to speak or comprehend English; OR
  • is a homeless child; OR
  • is the child of an active-duty member of the armed forces or child of an active duty member of the armed forces injured or killed in the line of duty; OR
  • has been or is in the conservatorship of the state; OR
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Texas Birth Certificates

With Pre-K and Kindergarten Roundup approaching, Texas.gov is reminding parents that they can go directly to  Texas.gov  and order a certified birth certificate for $22, the same price as a walk-in or mail order. This online service, offered in English and Spanish, provides parents with a straightforward, secure option for ordering their child’s birth certificate. The orders are fulfilled by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Helpful video demonstration on how to order a birth certificate.

Texas Education Code §29.153

Texas Education Code §29.153 states “a district shall offer prekindergarten classes if the district identifies 15 or more children who are eligible under Subsection (b) and are at least four years of age. A school district may offer prekindergarten classes if the district identifies 15 or more eligible children who are at least three years of age. A district may not charge tuition for a prekindergarten class offered under this section.”

In 2007, the Texas Legislature amended Section §29.153 of the Texas Education Code to include among those who are eligible for free prekindergarten, children who are in or who have ever been in the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) following an adversary hearing. This includes not only children who are in or who have been in DFPS conservatorship but also children who have been adopted or returned to their parents after being in DFPS conservatorship.

The district may not adopt a tuition rate for a pre-kindergarten program that is higher than necessary to cover the added costs of providing the program, including costs associated with collecting, reporting and analyzing data under Section 29.153 (c) and must submit the proposed tuition rate to the commissioner for approval.


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