SEE THE CHANGE
YOUR CHANGE MAKES

If you owe property taxes in Harris County, you may be wondering where your money goes. Most of it goes to the county and city, but a small amount goes to special districts like the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE).

WHAT IS HCDE?

HCDE provides educational services that support more than 160,000 students in 25 school districts all across Harris County. We have several schools dedicated to special needs students and preschools for low-income families. HCDE also facilitates regional after-school programs and provides more than 50% of a ll special education therapy in the county. We also have the largest adult education program in Texas and offer other essential services like educator workshops, safety audits, teacher and principal certification classes, and much more.


So, how much does all of this cost?


On average, most Harris County homeowners pay less than $9 a year or 73 cents a month.


That's it - 73 cents a month. HCDE is able to make this possible by leveraging every $1 of property taxes into $5 of services through service fees, grants and our purchasing cooperative. In doing so, we are a model of financial efficiency and great stewards of taxpayer dollars!

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ADULT EDUCATION

Adult Education

The HCDE Adult Education Program prepares students ages 16 through adulthood to read and speak English and/or to complete a high school General Equivalency Diploma (GED). The program also provides workforce development allowing students the opportunity to gain skills needed for better job opportunities or move into higher education. Specialty programs include pipe fitting, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and phlebotomy. HCDE served 9,121 students during the 2017-2018 school year.

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AFTER-SCHOOL
PROGRAMS

As an afterschool intermediary, the Center for Afterschool, Summer and Enrichment for Kids (CASE for Kids) supplies resources, training and funding for students in grades pre-k through 12 in after-school programs in schools, child care facilities and community centers. CASE is funded through various grants including the Houston Endowment and the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant.


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HEAD START

Head Start

Early childhood education is key to student success. HCDE’s Head Start and Early Head Start centers serve more than 1,500 students each day, empowering both students and families with school readiness skills and services for success.

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SPECIAL SCHOOLS

Schools

HCDE operates four special schools serving three populations of students: severe emotionally or physically disabled students; troubled or adjudicated youth; and students recovering from addiction. The Schools Division serves Harris County school districts through contracts, offering individualized learning through small-group instruction in highly structured classes. The goal is always for students to return to their home schools to graduate.

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THERAPY SERVICES

Therapy Services

HCDE Therapy Services Division employs occupational, physical and music therapists to help students with disabilities be successful in their classrooms. Support includes assessment, intervention, consultation, training and direct service within the students’ school. HCDE provides 100 percent of therapy services for Houston ISD, Katy ISD and Cy-Fair ISD.

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EDUCATION AND SUPPORT SERVICES

Center for Safe and Secure Schools

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Professional Learning for Educators

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Choice Partners Cooperative

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Records Management

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Grants Development

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Research and Evaluation Institute

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