PUSD PRESCHOOL

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

Changes in Preschool Registration Process

Please read this announcement carefully as it outlines the registration process for new students in the PUSD Preschool program and how we will carry out the registration process for the 2021-2022 school year.

The preschool department will be implementing a revised preschool registration process for the 2021-2022 school year. The purpose for the revised preschool registration process is to ensure our preschool program is fiscally responsible and aligns programs to enrollment on an annual basis. This change will not involve the State Funded preschool programs as those are funded by the state and the registration process is held later in the year.

Since we are a tuition based, optional use program responsible for covering our operating costs, we are like a small business that has been negatively affected by Covid.  Enrollment in our programs was really down during the 2020-2021 school year, which caused us to look at data for enrollment patterns. This data was used to offer registration for most (but not all) of our sites.  

The programs that will be open during the first phase of registration are:

  •  Full Day (12 month): D39C,  Del Norte High School, Monterey   Ridge, Park Village, Westview High School, Willow Grove 
  •  Full Day (10 month): Adobe Bluffs, Creekside, Del Sur, Highland   Ranch, Rolling Hills
  •  Parent Participation Part Day:  Chaparral, Deer Canyon, Del   Norte High School, Del Sur, Garden Road, Morning Creek, Shoal   Creek, Stone Ranch, Sunset Hills, Tierra Bonita, Valley

If the above sites are filled to enrollment capacity, then and only then will another classroom be released for registration.  At that time, the following sites may be opened:

  • DSES and MCES PM sessions in the Parent Participation Program, Turtleback Parent Participation, Willow Grove Expanded Day, D39C Expanded Day, Westwood Elementary Full Day, Stone Ranch Full Day

As you register on March 15th, you will need to make the choice to register for the programs that are available or take a chance and wait to see if the program you really want will open later on in the process.  If you do register for a program that is open in March for enrollment, there will not be an opportunity to transfer to another program later in the Spring or even Fall should we open other classrooms.

Registration Request Form

Once you are ready to begin the registration process for one of our open sites, you will click on the button below to start the process.

Waitlist:

If you decide not to register at this time because you are only interested in one of the programs listed above, you can email Diane Georgeson at dgeorgeson@powayusd.com  and she will add your name to a waitlist for the schools above.

At this time we have no plans to offer a virtual instruction preschool.  If your interest is only for a virtual learning environment, you can email Diane Georgeson at  dgeorgeson@powayusd.com  and she will add your name to a waitlist for virtual instruction. 

      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 9/2/2021 and 12/2/2021 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 two environments: Part Day or Full 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 7:30 to 5:30, Monday through Friday. Click below to see tuition costs. Full 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

Open enrollment for the 2021-22 School year will begin April 28, 2021.

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

2021-2022 Registration and Waitlist for Tuition-Based Classes

2021-22 Registration will begin on 3/15/2021 at 8:00 a.m. and starts by submitting a Registration Request. The first round of class assignments will occur after 3/26/2021. We will continue to fill vacancies from the Registration Request Form Waitlist 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 3/15/2021.

Preschool Children

2020-21 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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