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Hardin ISD supports high quality prekindergarten that is developmentally appropriate, multisensory and experiential. Young children thrive when provided a learning environment that inspires curiosity, builds confidence and fosters a love of learning. 

Children are "ready" for school when families, schools, and communities work together to ensure they enter school with strong foundational knowledge and skills across 5 primary domains of development. Although separate, these domains are interconnected and development in one area reinforces development in the other.  

The primary domains of development are:

  • Physical – Gross and Fine Motor
  • Literacy – Reading and Writing
  • Mathematical – Concepts and Thinking
  • Language and Communication
  • Health and Wellness

In order to provide high quality early childhood education that is focused on the unique needs of each child, student progress monitoring and kindergarten readiness should be measured across multiple domains of development.


For additional information click on the links below:

TEA Early Childhood Website

Early Childhood Education FAQs

Educator Resources

Family Resources

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)



  • The following are eligibility requirements for Prekindergarten students in the Hardin Independent School District. 

    Students must live within the Hardin ISD attendance zone and qualify for prekindergarten according to state guidelines. Children of Hardin ISD employees are eligible for prekindergarten regardless of state eligibility.

    Students must be 4 years old by September 1 of they year they enroll in prekindergarten.

    The state eligibility guidelines include:

    1. is unable to speak and comprehend the English language; or
    2. is educationally disadvantaged (which means a student eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program. Guidelines can be found here); or
    3. is homeless, as defined by 42 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; or
    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; or
    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; or
    6. is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (foster care) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code; or
    7. is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award 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.

Family includes adult and children significant in the child's life who support the early learning and development of the child. Family engagement is the mutual responsibility of families, school, and communities to build relationships to support student learning and achievement and to support family well-being and the continuous learning and development of children, families and educators. Family engagement is fully integrated in the child's educational experience and supports the whole child and is both culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate.

Hardin Independent School District will create a partnership between our Prekindergarten families, schools and our community. Through collaboration, HISD will actively pursue our goal of empowering families for students success.

Hardin ISD will use parent letters, district and campus website, phone calls, email, Parent Portal and classroom newsletters to communicate with parents. To the extent possible, parents are notified in their home language.