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Ninety-percent of human brain development happens before age 5.

This is why it’s so important for parents to enroll their child in pre-K: by the time they are in kindergarten, the child has already missed out on their most critical learning window.

April 3 is the first day parents can apply to have their child attend Dallas ISD pre-K. Parents can apply at their preferred Dallas ISD campus or through the online link at prekdallas.org.

Dallas ISD is committed to making pre-K available to everyone. Students who meet certain eligibility requirements can attend pre-K for free. Meanwhile, the district is expanding its tuition-based pre-K for those who do not meet any of these eligibility requirements.

I joined my fellow trustees in March in a vote to reduce the cost of pre-K tuition from $700 per month to $525 month per student. Also, after piloting paid pre-K at several schools this school year, the district is expanding the paid pre-K program to nearly 20 campuses for 2017–2018. Two of these campuses — Robert E. Lee Elementary School and Ben Milam Elementary School — are in District 2.

In Dallas ISD, each pre-K school day is structured, while still allowing time for structured play, to ensure each student is put on a path to success. All of our pre-K teachers are certified and receive ongoing professional development to help keep them at the top of their game.

The skills taught in Dallas ISD pre-K classes include:

  • Number names and counting
  • Shapes
  • Simple addition and subtraction
  • Patterns
  • ABC recognition and sounds
  • Rhyming words
  • Sounds in words
  • Science and social studies basic skills
  • Writing skills such as name writing, and beginning sentences

I encourage any parent of a child who is three- or four-years-old on or before Sept. 1, to check out what makes Dallas ISD pre-K special and enroll their child.

Dustin Marshall

Dustin Marshall


Dustin Marshall is the District 2 representative on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.

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