Parents signed up hundreds of children to participate in a new pre-kindergarten program open to 3-year-olds at Fort Hood schools.
After a weeklong drive, the Killeen Independent School District reported 370 children were preregistered for the program as of Friday. The program offers all-day pre-kindergarten classes for 3-year-olds at seven Fort Hood elementary schools. The program is open to children who live on post in the attendance zones of the seven schools.
The district plans to hire 21 teachers for the program, Superintendent Robert Muller said in an emailed response to questions from the Herald.
“Given the enrollments in some of the current 4-year-old programs, there is the potential to establish classrooms with a combination of 3- and 4-year-olds,” he wrote.
Enrollment in a 3-year-old pre-kindergarten classroom is space available on a first-come, first-served basis. Certain groups of children, such as 3-year-olds with siblings who are currently enrolled in the district, will have priority. Also given priority are 3-year-olds currently receiving specialized services and 3-year-olds with school-age siblings who are enrolled in Killeen ISD at the same time. All others will be enrolled on a space-available basis.
The district plans to notify parents of their child’s enrollment status by Nov. 22. Students not enrolled will be placed on a waiting list, district officials said.
School board members are slated to vote on a curriculum for the program at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. today. Classes will start Dec. 2.