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Round Rock ISD set to oer pre-K program for 3-year-olds through United Way partnership

STRUCTURE OF THE PARTNERSHIP

The services Round Rock ISD and United Way will each contribute to the partnership are broken down as follows:

BY CARSON GANONG

as Round Rock ISD because they can serve more kids and make sure they’re getting high-quality pre-K3,” Mattise said. Further, RRISD Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez said the program is expected to help participating students be more prepared when they move on to RRISD’s existing pre-K4 and kindergarten programs. “My hope is we’ll see students—as they transi- tion to pre-K4 in Round Rock [ISD], we’re going to see them already knowing how to read or recog- nize words and things like that,” Azaiez said. He said the partnership could also prove a nancial boon for the district, as RRISD will receive a portion of the average daily attendance for students enrolled in the program, which is a signicant factor in determining how much state aid a district receives. Another planned portion of the partnership is opening an in-district charter school where pre-K students can enroll. Mattise said United Way hopes to submit a charter application to the RRISD board of trustees before the board’s November meeting. “That way we can operate even more so as a campus inside Round Rock ISD,” Mattise said.

Starting in the 2022-23 school year, Round Rock ISD will partner with nonprot United Way for Greater Austin to oer an early childhood prekin- dergarten program for eligible 3-year-olds. Through the program, RRISD and United Way will partner with a number of local child care cen- ters, allowing 3-year-olds enrolled in those centers to co-enroll in RRISD’s PK3 program. Classes will take place directly at the child care centers with RRISD and United Way providing curriculum, teachers, aides and support. According to district materials, curriculum will focus on devel- oping oral language and social-emotional skills. Madison Mattise, director of pre-K partnerships at United Way for Greater Austin, said United Way is still working to nalize the list of child care cen- ters where the program will be available, but she said she expects around 10 centers to participate in the program’s rst year. Mattise said the program will allow students who would otherwise be receiving ordinary day care to get a head start on schooling. “It’s a win-win for the child care center as well

Round Rock ISD provides United Way:

Access to necessary district platforms Training on enrollment process Collaboration on individualized services such as special education

Support with language testing Support with transition to PK4/ kindergarten

United Way manages and supports:

Child care center recruitment and subcontracting

Student enrollment Attendance invoicing Instructional coaching

Assessment Data analysis

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