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This North Texas district is now offering universal free pre-K – and not just to district residents

The program will begin this fall, and it won't be limited to just Arlington residents.
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ARLINGTON, Texas — One of the larger school districts in North Texas will now offer free pre-Kindergarten to all four-year-old students.

The Arlington Independent School District announced the new universal pre-K offering Thursday. 

The program will begin this fall, and it won't be limited to just Arlington residents; non-residents can also enroll their child in the free pre-K program, which will have a curriculum that emphasizes STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

While the program is free for all families, they'll still need to fill out federally-required qualifying paperwork to enroll. Registration will begin April 1 on the Arlington ISD website.

"The innovative new STEM curriculum will give students an introduction to lessons involving science, technology, engineering and math, which is a game changer," the district said in a release on its website. "Art, music and movement will also be integrated into every classroom throughout the year for students to receive a powerful whole-child education."

Most Texas school districts, including Dallas and Fort Worth, offer pre-K in some form, though eligibility might be limited based on need. The Texas legislature-established pre-K program allows automatic eligibility for children who meet certain criteria.

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