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This is the second in a series of briefs examining student access to Houston ISD pre-kindergarten programs. The study finds that among 2018-19 kindergarteners in HISD who did not attend HISD pre-k, about two-thirds of students likely qualified for enrollment. 

Zoning pre-k, which would include adding pre-k programs to elementary zones that do not have them and/or establishing Early Childhood Centers as zoned schools, would increase access to pre-k by providing campuses in students' neighborhoods and reducing the distance to the nearest program. 

The first research brief analyzed the variability in who has access to HISD pre-k programs in their elementary zone, the neighborhood and within one mile of their residence. 

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