March 25, 2019


AUSTIN - State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of legislation that would fund free full-day Prekindergarten for Texas children who qualify. Currently, the state only provides school districts with funding for half-day pre-school programs. 

"Students who attend all-day pre-k tend to not only be much better prepared when it comes time to start Kindergarten, but have shown to achieve long-term academic success" Guillen remarked. "Full day programs provide children with proper exposure to the education system at a crucial time in their development."


School districts that offer full-day prekindergarten are currently responsible for funding what the state does not. Half-day programs are often underutilized in low income districts where parents time is primarily spent working to feed their families. HB 189 would amend the Education Code so that funding would be provided to districts for full-day prekindergarten, instead of just half-day programs. It also outlines the qualifications for which a child is eligible to participate in the program for free, while a district may open it up to others on a tuition basis.

"By funding full-day prekindergarten for our school districts, we can better prepare Texas children for their future education and help to set them up for success," said Guillen. "I am confident we will recognize the benefit of this in higher performing students that realize their potential."  


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and