Why Choose SST Pre-K Program?
While many continue to study the lasting effects of academics of a full-day pre-K program compared to half-day pre-k program, we believe that most research already indicates that an extended-day program of good quality has a dramatic effect on a child’s learning across a wide range of knowledge and skills. We realize that many families need full-day programs in order to accommodate parent work schedules, therefore it is important to SST that we invest and offer a program that can meet child care needs and nurture the development of a child in every aspect. Our class sizes will never exceed more than 22 students with a staff child ration of 1-11. Supervision will be maintained during all hours of operation by SST Pre-K Teacher and Instructional Assistant, including indoor and outdoor time.
SST Pre-K School hours are 7:45 am – 3:00 pm, except on early release days when students get out at 12:35 pm.
SST Pre-K students WORK hard at playing!
If the definition of work is the feeling of sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve a result is what we call work, then play is the work of children. The teachers at SST use an integrated and play based curriculum in order to design thoughtful instruction in play to help kids learn to negotiate, problem solve, build empathy, and develop a growth mindset. Research has shown social emotional skills to be a better predictor of long term success than academic skills.
SST Pre-K will be using an integrated and play based curriculum that is based on the Texas Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines and the Kindergarten Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Click here for a detailed version of the complete Texas Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines.
SST Pre-Kindergarten Assessment
An Educational Commissioner approved monitoring system will be used for Pre-K assessment and is aligned with the Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines. Students are assessed on the following content areas: Social & Emotional, Language, Literacy, Communication, and Mathematics.
SST Eligibility Requirements for Pre-Kindergarten
In order to be eligible for the Pre-Kindergarten Program, state law (Texas Education Code §29.153) requires that children must be 4 years old on or before September 1st and (one of the following):
- Unable to speak or comprehend the English language (speak another language other than English) OR
- Educationally disadvantaged (eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program) OR
- Homeless OR
- The child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserved component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority OR
- The child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserved component of the armed forces, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty OR
- Have been in the conservatorship (foster care) of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) (foster care) following an adversary hearing. OR
- Be the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Awards as: a peace officer under Section 3106.002, Government Code; a firefighter under Section 3106.003, Government Code; or an emergency medical first responder under Section 3106.004, Government Code.
- Children who do not meet TEA pre-kindergarten program eligibility may attend SST Pre-K through a tuition option.
SST Pre-K Attendance Policy
The preschool years can be the most productive learning years in a child’s life. The long term effects of early education on a child’s social and emotional development may be the most important outcome of a high-quality preschool education. Good attendance leads to better grades, fewer discipline problems, and an increased chance the child will graduate high school and likely attend college.
Tips for Good Attendance:
- Make a commitment to have your child attend SST Pre-K every day on time. School hours are 7:45 am – 3:00 pm, except on early release days when students get out at 12:35 pm.
- If your child is reluctant to come to school, be sure to communicate this to the teacher. Together, you can make plans to address the concerns of your child.
- Make sure your child has a daily predictable routine, including a routine for bedtime and waking up in the morning.
- Be sure to allow enough time for the routines so that you and your child do not feel rushed.
- Have your child get a good night’s rest to make sure he/she has enough energy to participate in classroom activities.
- When talking with your child, be positive about pre-k and the school staff. Cultivate your child’s interest in discovering new things and his or her love of learning
- Remember, by bringing your child to preschool every day, you are helping to ensure that he or she will live up to their full potential and become a successful lifelong learner.