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 three (3) years of age 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 on or before September 1 of the school year.


    2. 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
    • Schience, social studies and health instruction
    • Physical education
    • Fine arts
    • Library time
    • Computer lab
    • Daily recess with peers
    • Daily lunch time


    3. 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 school year. 

    • Teachers have a daily conference/planning period to meet with parents as needed or 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. 


    4. 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


    (/images/Departments/childnutrition/1515appenglish.pdf) are available to students who qualify based on family size and income as established by federal guidelines.


    5. 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          comperhension.
    •        After reading a story with your child, immediately engage them in retelling the sotry (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 dras. 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 recoginize 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 you think?" "How would you feel?"
    •        Encourage language development by listening carefully to your child and encouraging 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 requre thinking, inclinding puzzles, blocks, or sorting toys.
    •        Foster creativity.
    •        Provide exeriences 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 and forks for the table, crackers for snacks,             etc. 
    •        Provide opportunities for a child to experiment with balls, tricycles, and jump ropes.
    •        Set expectations for behavior and consequences.
    •        Help your child to develop appropriate sikills for learning by: following directions, attending to a speaker and getting an               adult's attention appropriately.
    •        Most importantly, enjoy your child!