A two-year pathway to prepare young learners for Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten.


PUSD Preschool offers preschool opportunities to 3 and *4 year-old children at 23 different school locations in the Poway Unified School District. 

Our programs focus on the academic and social-emotional needs of young children. We are a developmentally-based program that is guided by the California Preschool Learning Foundations and California Preschool Curriculum Frameworks which allows us to prepare children for entry into PUSD’s Transitional or Traditional Kindergarten classrooms.

All classrooms use curriculum and learning materials that are developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive to provide safe and nurturing learning environments for young children that promote their emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development.

PUSD Preschool recognizes that parents are a child's first and most influential teachers. A child's learning experiences both at home and at school are the foundation for lifelong feelings of self worth, competence, and a love of learning.

Parents are our essential partners in supporting a child's success in our preschool programs.‚Äč Our classrooms have an "open door" policy to encourage families to be involved in their child's early education experiences. 

*Children whose 5th birthday is between 9/2/2022 and 2/2/2023 are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten (TK), not preschool. Please see PUSD's TK Website for information on Transitional Kindergarten.

Tuition-Based Programs

Tuition-based programs offer classes in two environments: Part-Day or Full-Day.

Part-Day classes are 3 hours long and are held 2 days per week for 3 year-olds or 3 days per week for 4 year-olds. Parents who commit to regular participation as a classroom volunteer may be eligible for reducted tuition rates. 

IMPORTANT: We are offering two pilot programs this year at Morning Creek Elementary school and Valley Elementary school. These programs will run 5 days a week and will include 3 and 4 year old students. Classes will operate 3.5 hours a day.

Full-Day classrooms are open 7:30 to 5:30, Monday through Friday. Full-Day classes are licensed by the California Department of Social Services and operate under Community Care Licensing guidelines.

Preschool Child

State-Funded Program

PUSD offers State Preschool in two environments: 3-hour or 6-hour programs. Both types of programs meet Monday through Friday and are subject to income eligibility.

The 6-hour program is operated in collaboration with the federal Head Start program. Families must meet federal income eligibility requirements to be considered for enrollment.

One free meal is included for all students in the 3-hour classes and 2 meals for the 6-hour classes.
All classes are licensed by the State Department of Social Services/ Community Care Licensing, and participate in the California Quality Rating and Improvement System (CA-QRIS). Our current QRIS Rating is at the highest levels in all classrooms.

PUSD’s State Preschool program is funded by the California Department of Education, which requires an annual evaluation of childcare and development services. PUSD uses evaluations tools to increase program quality standards and to plan and deliver developmentally appropriate activities, including Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), Desired Results Development Profile (DRDP), Environment Rating Scale (ERS), and annual DRDP Parent Survey.

Preschool Children

State-Funded and Head Start Preschool

Open enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year is anticipated to begin in April 2022. 

Poway Unified School District offers FREE State-funded and Head Start preschool classes for children in low-income households.

There are two options:
State-funded and Head Start combination, 6-hour day or State-funded only, 3-hour day. All classes meet Monday through Friday.


Preschool Children

Registration Request and Waitlist for Tuition-based Classes

Registration for the upcoming program year is anticipated to open on March 14, 2022 at 8:00 am.

The process begins with submitting a Registration Request Form. The first round of classroom placements will be determined from the Registration Request Form.

Priority will be given to returning students, 4 year-old children, and new incoming 3 year-olds born on or before Sept. 2nd.

When necessary, consideration may also be given to the submission date & timestamp of registration/enrollment documents (including the electronic Registration Request Form).

Once classess are filled, we will continue to fill vacancies using the Registration Request Form as a "Waitlist" whenever spots become available in the program.

Preschool Registration Request Form [Waitlist]
Waitlists do not rollover. If you are currently on a waitlist you will need to submit a new request for the 2022-2023 school year.

Preschool Children

2021-2022 Tuition-Based Registration

Open registration requests for the current program year are closed.

Late enrollment may be considered on a case-to-case basis, subject to availability.

Please contact our PUSD Preschool Department at
(858) 521-2846 for information.


Tour Our Preschool

Request a Tour of one of our facilities. The environment of each program is planned to provide stimulating and challenging materials and activities. 

Preschool Classes 

All PUSD Preschools provide safe and nurturing learning environments for young children that promote their emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development.

Preschool Calendars

Children's experiences both at home and at school are the foundation for life-long feelings of self worth, competence, and a love of learning. 


Poway Unified School District
15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego CA 92128



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