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Early Childhood Education

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at the University of Vanderbilt.   Provides free materials in English and Spanish; funded by the U.S. Dept. Of Health and Human Services.  

Guidance and Challenging Behaviors from the National Association for the Education of Young Children


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the Pre-K requirements under House Bill 3? Is Pre-K funded for full day or half-day? 

In addition to other requirements addressed in a recent To the Administrator Addressed Letter, House Bill 3 provides for full day Pre-K for all eligible 4 year-old children.

2. Is the full-day prekindergarten program effective this year or in a later school year?

The full-day prekindergarten program requirement for eligible four-year-olds will be effective September 1, 2019 with implementation in the 2019-2020 school year.

3. Does the full-day prekindergarten program requirement apply to all prekindergarten students?

No. The full-day prekindergarten program requirement applies to eligible four-year-olds.

4. May a district request a waiver to either partially, or fully exempt them from providing a full-day prekindergarten to eligible four-year-olds?

Yes. A district may request an exemption for up to three years, which may only be renewed once. All districts that are unable to meet the full-day requirement for all eligible 4-year-old students by September 1, 2019 must submit an exemption request.

5. If a district elects to request a waiver, when and through what process will that be available?

An exemption may be requested through the State Waiver Unit. The exemption for full-day prekindergarten will be available each year for first time applicants or renewal.

Contact Us

Tera Griffis, M.Ed.
Assistant Director
(903) 988-6821

Melinda Moran, M.Ed.
Early Childhood Specialist
(903) 988-6841

Meg Whitaker, M.Ed.
Early Childhood Specialist
(903) 988-6768

Buffie Walton, M.Ed.
Early Childhood Specialist
(903) 988-6800

Rhonda Lemon, M.Ed.
Curricular Specialist
(903) 988-6790
Kathy Meadows
(903) 988-6758

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