How Does a Child Qualify for Free Pre-Kindergarten?

Each state has different requirements for free pre-kindergarten or pre-K. For example, in Texas, a child must be unable to speak or comprehend the English language, be a dependent of active military personnel, or be homeless, according to the Texas Education Agency. In New York, all children of the correct age are eligible for free pre-kindergarten.

Idaho is one of the 10 states in the United States that does not offer public pre-K for its children, although the state legislature is working on solving the problem, according to Boise State Public Radio. Other states that do not offer pre-K programs include Mississippi, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Utah, New Hampshire, Indiana, Montana and South Dakota.

In California, summer pre-K is available to children who are not age-eligible for kindergarten by September 1 of the coming school year. There are no income requirements for California's pre-K program.

As of October 2015, Louisiana's pre-K programs are based on a parent's income, but the state is working to allow all children to benefit from a pre-kindergarten education regardless of income.

Georgia's pre-K program is called DECAL and is funded by the state lottery. DECAL is free to all four-year-old children living in the state, and most classes take place in public schools.