“A novel preschool concept is popping up around the Houston area.

“Apartment complexes are offering a new amenity — education. Through state tax incentives, some affordable housing complexes are also building preschools for their residents who qualify to use them for free.

“The Fueling Brains Academy near Missouri City is a first for Fort Bend ISD in many ways. It’s their first preschool for 3-year-olds and their first partnership with an apartment complex.

“ ‘The demand out there for early childhood is growing,’ FBISD Early Childhood Director Yady Blessinger said. ‘It’s an amazing location because we are in the heart of the community.’ ”

“Edison Lofts offers residents affordable housing, and as a perk, preschool.

“Developer Donna Rickenbacker with MREC Companies said it made sense for everyone involved.

” ‘A lot of these neighborhoods don’t have quality Pre-K programs at all,’ Rickenbacker said.”

“New program brings preschools to affordable housing complexes in Houston,”
by Janelle Bludau, KHOU-11 , September 13, 2023