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PreK and the National School Lunch Program Guidance for 2018-2019

Monday, August 6, 2018  
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(TEA) The following information should be shared with early childhood staff, data stewards (PEIMS), and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) staff to ensure the appropriate prekindergarten guidance is applied.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has received a one-year waiver regarding prekindergarten and the National Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program. All students enrolled in state-funded prekindergarten will be eligible for free meals. The guidance from TDA is listed below as well as some additional clarification from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

For School Year (SY) 2018-2019, USDA has approved automatic free meal eligibility for all students attending state-funded prekindergarten programs operated under the administration of the Texas Education Agency Early Childhood Program. To determine eligibility for these students, contracting entities (CEs) will need to: (1) obtain an enrollment list with names of the enrolled students and official signatures from the appropriate school district officials; or (2) verify the students’ enrollment in the state-funded prekindergarten programs if submitted on an application.

Implications for Local Education Agencies (LEAs):

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