PUSD PRESCHOOL

Preschool is designed to be a two-year path prior to entering Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten.

 COVID-19 UPDATE
Valley Preschools (Part Day and State-Funded/Head Start) will start Monday August 3, 2020.
Our remaining Full Day, Expanded Day, Part Day and State-Funded and/or Head Start programs will start September 2, 2020.
Full Day & Expanded Day classes will start on campus. Part Day and State-Funded/Head Start classes will start with virtual learning.
To check your site's schedule, click Preschool On-Campus Re-opening Status (10/8/20)

 

Our Preschool Programs

Poway Unified School District offers preschool opportunities to 3 and 4 year old children* of families residing within the Poway Unified residence boundaries, with 27 locations to choose from. We pride ourselves on maintaining low teacher/child ratios, which allow more opportunities to provide individual attention to each child.

All PUSD Preschools provide safe and nurturing learning environments for young children that promote their emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development. All Preschool programs are developmentally, linguistically and culturally appropriate. Our programs encourage respect for the feelings and rights of others. Classes support each child’s physical development by providing indoor and outdoor space, equipment, materials, and guidelines for active play and movement that are healthy and safe.

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. We encourage families to be involved in their child's early school experiences. The preschool has an open door policy that encourages parents to participate in daily activities. The environment of each program is planned to provide stimulating and challenging materials and activities. Just like Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten through 12th grades, Preschool has Learning Standards with readiness for entry into Kindergarten in mind: Social Emotional Development, Physical Development, Reading/Writing Readiness, Listening/Speaking, Mathematics, Science, History/Social Sciences, and Technology.

* Children whose 5th birthday is between 9/2/2020 and 12/2/2020 are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten (TK), not preschool. Please see PUSD's TK Website for information on Transitional Kindergarten.

Tuition/Fee- Based Programs

Tuition-based programs offer classes in three environments: Part Day, Full Day and Expanded Part Day. Part Day classes are three hours long and are held 2 days per week for 3 year olds or 3 days per week for 4 year olds. Parents may choose to participate regularly to reduce their fee or sign up as a non-participant.

Full Day classrooms are open 7:00 to 5:45, Monday through Friday. Expanded Part Day classes offer six hours classes, Monday through Friday. Click here to see tuition costs. Both Full Day and Expanded Part Day classes are licensed by the State Department of Social Services/ Community Care Licensing.

Preschool Child

State-Funded Program

PUSD offers State Preschool in two environments. These classrooms require income eligibility. In collaboration with the federal Head Start program, we offer a six-hour class combining the benefits of both Head Start and State Preschool programs. We also offer a three-hour State-funded class. Both types of class meet Monday through Friday. 

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 Headstart Preschool

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

2020-2021 Registration and Waitlist

2020-2021 Registration will begin on 2/1/2020 and starts by submitting a Registration Request. The first round of class assignments will occur on February 15th. We will continue to fill vacancies from the Registration Requests as spots become available.

Priority is given to returning students, siblings of students who attended a PUSD preschool and 4 year olds within the PUSD boundaries. 

Preschool Registration Request [Waitlist]
Waitlists do not rollover each year. If you are currently on a waitlist you will need to submit a new request on 2/1/2020.

Preschool Children

2019-2020 Tuition-Based Registration

We are still taking Registration Requests for the current school year. We will continue to fill vacancies for 3 & 4 year olds from the Registration Requests through March as spots become available. ​After January, three year olds will be enrolled on a case by case basis.
 

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. 

Address

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

Contacts

Email:
preschool@powayusd.com

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