ERIC Number: ED338416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Prekindergarten Program Description, 1990-91.
Kirkpatrick, Nanda D.; And Others
Characteristics of the Houston, Texas, Independent School District (HISD) prekindergarten program are reported. Implemented in 1985, and largely funded by the state, the program is offered to 4-year-old students who are classified as limited English proficient (LEP) or are from families with an income at or below the subsistence level. Prekindergarten classes serving nearly 8,000 educationally disadvantaged students are offered at 150 of the 168 HISD elementary schools. The ethnicity of the students is 57% Hispanic, 37% Black, 4% White, and 2% Asian; 30% are LEP. Nearly half of their teachers have 2-5 years' experience teaching prekindergarten, and 34% have more than 10 years' total teaching experience. The teachers' ethnicity is 37% White, 33% Black, 27% Hispanic, and 3% Asian. The most frequently held Texas teaching certification is an elementary certification. Optional in-service training is offered, with most commonly attended sessions pertaining to developmentally appropriate practices. Prekindergarten teachers, on average, attended 18.1 hours of in-service training during the 1989-90 school year. The Prekindergarten Teacher Survey is appended. (LB)
Descriptors: Asian Americans, Black Students, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Hispanic Americans, Inservice Teacher Education, Limited English Speaking, Minority Groups, Preschool Education, Public Schools, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Teacher Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.