If you have kiddos you know that it's kind of a hassle to have your young ones in half day pre-kindergarten classes. You have to leave work to go get them, then you need to either drop them off with grandma or get them to a day care, and all this is usually done on your lunch hour from work. It's stressful on both parents and kids. This year, however, the Ysleta Independent School District is offering free, all-day pre-kindergarten. Click here for the YISD website. To enroll your kids, click here for the link to the page to fill out.

There are some criteria that your child will have to meet before you can enroll them:

1. Unable to speak and comprehend the English language.
2. Educationally disadvantaged, which means a student eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program.
3. Is homeless, as defined by 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1143a, regardless of the residence of the child, of either parent of the child, or of the child’s guardian or other person having lawful control of the child.
4. Is the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority.
5. Is the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty.
6. Is in, or has been in, the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code.
7. Is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as a peace officer, firefighter, or emergency medical first responder.

The schools that are part of the free, full-day kindergarten are:

Parkland Pre-K Center
Ysleta Pre-K Center
Constance Hulbert Elementary School
East Point Elementary School
Eastwood Heights Elementary School
Edgemere Elementary School
Glen Cove Elementary School
LeBarron Park Elementary School
Loma Terrace Elementary School
Pasodale Elementary School
Pebble Hills Elementary School
Scotsdale Elementary School
Tierra Del Sol Elementary School
Vista Hills Elementary School