Early Childhood Program Information

Early Childhood Education

  • Rockwall ISD offers the following Early Childhood programs:

    • Qualify Pre-K (4 years old by Sept. 1)
    • Tuition Pre-K (4 years old by Sept. 1)
    • Head Start (3-4 years old by Sept. 1)
    • Early Head Start (Birth to 3 year olds)
    • PPCD (Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities)


    Click the following:  

    2018-2019 Early Childhood Program Flyer 

    (English and Spanish Flyer)

    Qualifying Pre-K Program Information
    To qualify for this free full day program students must meet one of the following criteria:

    • Be unable to speak and comprehend the English language;
    • Be educationally disadvantaged, which means a student is eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program;
    • Be homeless, as defined by 42 United States Code (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;
    • Be 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 ordred to active duty by the proper authority;
    • Be the child of a memeber of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve componenet of the armed forces, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty;
    • Be in or have been in, the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) or Foster Care following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code;
    • Be the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as a peace officer (3106.002), firefighter (3106.003), or emergency medical first responder (3106.004).

    Full-day classes are from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. RISD transportation is provided.  

    Located at: Rochell, Stevenson, Hays, Cullins-Lake Pointe, Lyon, Jones (Bilingual only), Dobbs (Bilingual Only), and Springer (Bilingual Only) 

    Tuition Pre-K Program Information
     for 2017-2018
    Location: Hartman and Lyon Elementary
    $100 non-refundable registration fee 
    Tuition PreK only 8:00 -11:00 AM, Cost $294 monthly (September through May)

    Tuition Prek with ROCK 8:00-3:30 PM, Cost $544 monthly

    Tuition PreK with ROCK Extended 8:00-6:00 PM, Cost $794 monthly

    No transportation provided

    Located at: Hartman and Lyon Elementary

    Head Start Program

    Full day program 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. Transportation is provided.

    Three and four year old students may qualify for this free federal program.

     Located at Dobbs Elementary

    Early Head Start Program

    Birth to age 3.  Transportation provided for teen moms.  

    Full day program 7:30-4:00 avaliable as well as home based programs.

    Located by Utley Middle School


Sonya Carpenter

 Sonya Carpenter



Degrees and Certifications:

Sonya Carpenter

Federal Programs and Early Childhood Coordinator


Shredding Notice

  • Past Rockwall ISD Head Start students:

    Effective December 1, 2018, all Head Start student records located at Dobbs Elementary inactive since 2012-2015 will be shredded. Parents or legal guardians may retrieve their student’s records at Rockwall Head Start Office 801 E. Washington St; Rockwall, TX 75087, 972-772-1143.  ID will be required.