Melissa ISD offers a full-day Pre-Kindergarten program at the Melissa Ridge Education Center. In order to enroll, students must be four (4) years of age on or before Sept. 1 of the target school year. Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, the Pre-Kindergarten program will offer two enrollment options: Eligibility-Based Pre-K and Tuition-Based Pre-K.

The focus of the Pre-K program is to develop oral language, prerequisite skills for emergent readers, and early math concepts, and build readiness skills for successful entry into Kindergarten.


All Pre-K students who live within the Melissa ISD transportation zone will have the option to register for bus service for the 2021-2022 school year. Visit the Melissa ISD Transportation page for more information.

Contact Information

Julie Nally
Principal, Melissa Ridge Education Center

Connie Thompson
Registrar, Melissa Ridge Education Center

Walter Perez
Executive Director of Elementary Education

Pre-Kindergarten Evaluation

In compliance with House Bill 3, Melissa ISD provides full-day Pre-K to qualifying students. Melissa ISD is committed to enhancing student learning and kindergarten readiness.

Evidence Based Curriculum

Our Pre-K program curriculum is based on integrated components of Scholastic Big Day for Pre-K and HighScope which is part of the approved curriculum established by TEA.

A school district shall select and implement a curriculum for a Pre-Kindergarten grant program under this subchapter that:

  1. includes the Pre-Kindergarten guidelines established by the agency

  2. measures the progress of students in meeting the recommended learning outcomes; and

  3. does not use national curriculum standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

High Quality Components

  • Evidence Based Curriculum

  • Student Progress Monitoring

  • Teacher Qualifications and Professional Development

  • Class Size and Ratio

  • Family Engagement

  • Program Evaluation

  • Data Reporting

Class Size Ratio

A school district must attempt to maintain an average ratio in any Pre-Kindergarten program class of not less than one certified Pre-Kindergarten teacher or teacher’s aide for each 11 students, or teacher’s aide for each 11 students.

Student Progress Monitoring

The progress of our Melissa ISD Pre-Kindergarten students is monitored throughout the year with scheduled reporting to the parent /guide guardians of our students . Besides the use of informal assessment to guide and support instruction, our teachers use CLI ENGAGE as a resource for Beginning of Year (BOY),

Middle of Year (MOY) and End of Year (EOY) as a progress monitoring tool. CLI Engage is included on the Commissioner’s List of Approved Pre-Kindergarten Progress Monitoring Instruments which measures:

  • Social and emotional development

  • Language and communication;

  • Emergent literacy reading;

  • Emergent literacy writing and;

  • Mathematics

For more information on CLI Engage, please visit CLI Engage Public.

Teacher Qualifications and Professional Development

Each teacher for a Pre-Kindergarten program class must:

  1. be certified under Subchapter B, Chapter 21; and

  2. have one of the following additional qualifications:

    • Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or another early childhood education credential approved by the agency;

    • certification offered through a training center accredited by Association Montessori International or through the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education;

    • at least eight years’ experience of teaching in a nationally accredited child care program;

    • be employed as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in a school district that has received approval from the commissioner for the district’s Pre-Kindergarten-specific instructional training plan that the teacher uses in the teacher’s Pre-Kindergarten classroom; or an equivalent qualification.

A school district may allow a teacher employed by the district to receive the training required to be awarded a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential from a regional education service center that offers the training in accordance with Section 8.058. Training may not include national curriculum standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Data Reporting

In compliance with the HQPG, at the end of the school year, the following data was collected and reported to TEA.

  • Demographic data

  • Enrollment in full-day Pre-K

  • Sources of funding for Pre-K classrooms

  • Class size

  • Instructional staff to student ratio

  • Type of curriculum

  • Student progress monitoring tool and results

  • Kindergarten readiness data

  • Teacher Qualifications

  • Family Engagement Plan

Family Engagement

Family: These are the adults responsible for the child’s care and children in the child’s life who support the early learning and development of the child.

Family Engagement: The mutual responsibility of families, schools, and communities is to build relationships that support student learning and achievement, family well-being, and the continuous learning and development of children, families, and educators. Family engagement is fully integrated into the child’s educational experience, supports the whole child, and is both culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate.

Family Engagement Plan: An effective family engagement plan creates a foundation for the collaboration of mutual partners, embraces the individuality and uniqueness of families, and promotes a culture of learning that is child-centered, age-appropriate, and family-driven.

  • Melissa ISD is committed to building strong bonding relationships with our families so that together we may best meet the needs of all children.

  • For more information on our commitment see the Pre-K Family Engagement Plan: English | Spanish.

Program Evaluation

As a means of internal reflection and evaluation of current practice, parent surveys were sent out to all Pre-K families. The following quality component and strategies were addressed in the survey as well as in the self-assessment tool provided by TEA and used by the staff. The following scores recorded by our program using the following grading of Emerging, Proficient, or Advanced:

  • Access-Advanced

  • Enrollment-Advanced

  • Curriculum-Advanced

  • Instruction-Advanced

  • Student Progress-Advanced

  • Teacher Qualifications-Advanced

  • Family Engagement-Advanced

  • Program Evaluation-Advanced