Hundreds of people camped out overnight for a chance at an early education.
Registration for LISD's Head Start Program opened Friday morning, on a first come, first served basis. So people started lining up early Thursday, trying to get their 3 and 4-year-olds into the program. And it's a good thing many came early because the 3-year-old class of more than 130 already filled up and has a waiting list.
Stella Front, LISD'S Early Childhood Coordinator says, "One of the things we're finding in Texas is that academic standards are rising. Kids have to leave kindergarten having learned how to read. And so the earlier we can get to children at 4 or 3, the better off the children are."
Lubbock parent Andre Howard agrees, saying "We've heard lots of good things about the Head Start Program and we just wanted to get our kids into the program."
To qualify for the program, you must bring:
The program is income based and there are still hundreds of spots available for 4-year-olds. You can still register from 8am - 3pn on the following days:
Notifications of acceptance will be sent to homes in August.