1. At what age do children start school?

    Head Start – A student is eligible to attend our full day Head Start program at Carver ECC if they are four years of age on or before September 1 of the school year, if they meet the Head Start qualification guidelines. For more information about the Head Start Program please call (972)872-3744.

    Pre-K – a student is eligible to attend our full day Pre-K program if they are four years of age or older on or before September 1 of the school year.

    Kindergarten – a student is eligible to attend our full day Kindergarten program if they are five years of age or on or before September 1 of the school year.


    1. What will my child’s day include while at school?

    While schedules will vary, a typical week will include:

    • Daily free breakfast for all students
    • Daily literacy and math instruction
    • Daily calendar time
    • Centers: academic reinforcement
    • Handwriting instruction
    • Science, social studies, and health instruction
    • Physical education
    • Fine arts
    • Library time
    • Computer lab
    • Daily recess with peers
    • Daily lunchtime
    1. How will I find out about my child’s progress in school?

    Parents are informed of their child’s progress in various ways throughout the schoolyear.

    • Teachers have a daily conference/planning period to meet with parents as neededor requested.
    • A weekly/daily folder is used to communicate expectations and accomplishments.
    • Event calendars are sent home monthly .
    • An academic checklist noting the child’s progress is given to parents following each nine-week grading period.
    1. Is there a lunch/breakfast program at school?

    Breakfast and lunch are prepared and served at every campus. Menus can be found on this website. Free and reduced-price meals are available to students who qualify based on family size and income as established by federal guidelines.

    1. What can I do to prepare my child for school?
    • Make reading with your child part of your daily routine.
    • When reading with your child, stop periodically to discuss the content of the text including pictures. This promotes reading comprehension.
    • After reading a story with your child, immediately engage them in retelling the story (with your support).
    • Provide a wide variety of books.
    • Make a special place for books.
    • Obtain a library card for your child at the Ennis Public Library.
    • Give your child books as presents.
    • Limit the amount of time your child watches TV and/or plays video games.
    • Encourage your child to draw pictures and tell a story about their drawings.
    • Accept your child’s pretend reading.
    • Point out print in the environment (signs, cereal boxes, etc).
    • Make signs and labels for objects.
    • Provide materials (crayons, pencils, paper) and a space for writing.
    • Provide opportunities for your child to scribble and draw. Scribbling is early writing.
    • Have a place to display your child’s writing efforts.
    • Provide magnetic letters for your child to practice forming words.
    • Let your child see you read and write.
    • Encourage your child to recognize their first name in print.
    • Sign familiar songs.
    • Teach your child nursery rhymes.
    • Focus on your child’s strengths and celebrate their accomplishments.
    • Set up a routine or sequence for personal care and other daily routines.
    • Talk with your child about what interests him or her.
    • Use open-ended questions that have more than one answer such as “What do youthink?” “How would you feel?”
    • Encourage language development by listening carefully to your child andencouraging two-sided conversations.
    • Play rhyming games.
    • Get down on eye level and show your interest. Encourage other family members to listen.
    • Provide age appropriate toys that require thinking, including puzzles, blocks, orsorting toys.
    • Foster creativity.
    • Provide experiences with scissors such as cutting pictures from a magazine.
    • Provide opportunities to use crayons, markers, pencils, and glue.
    • Save scraps, bits, boxes and other things from around the house to use for building and other creative experiences.
    • Let your child set the table and count objects around the house such as plates andforks for the table, crackers for snacks, etc.
    • Provide opportunities to compare objects.
    • Play games with your child using directions such as: “Put the ball under the chair.”
    • Allow your child time to dress himself/herself.
    • Provide opportunities for child to experiment with balls, tricycles, and jump ropes.
    • Set expectations for behavior and consequences.
    • Help your child to develop appropriate skills for learning by: following directions,attending to a speaker and getting an adult’s attention appropriately.
    • Most importantly, enjoy your child!