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Early Childhood Indicators: Pre-K Capacity

The need for early childhood education far exceeds supply. Head Start is one part of the ECE System that can be used to illustrate how few of the state’s children are actually receiving the early childhood learning needed to prepare them for successful and productive lives. In Texas, only 11.2% of more than 600,000 children eligible for Head Start are in the program. More below…

Pre-K programs are required to serve all eligible children. However, families who pay public school property taxes may be ineligible for Pre-K if their incomes are too high or they do not meet one of the other eligibility criteria. Thus, for their child to attend Pre-K, they either pay tuition to their local ISD or enroll in a private preschool program. The most easily accessed system, albeit the one with the lowest required quality standards, is the child care system. Most child care is funded by parent tuition and features minimal federal subsidies for low-income parents. Subsidies are provided for just one in six eligible families, with no financial assistance for middle-income families.