State Funded & Head Start Preschool Information

Barbara Scholl, Director
Michele Wilson-Manos, Assistant Director

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: Six-hour classes at Valley, Pomerado, Sundance and Los Penasquitos elementary schools (household must meet Head Start low-income criteria).
  • State-funded only: Three-hour classes at Del Norte High School and Rolling Hills elementary school (household must meet state-funded low-income criteria).
One free meal is included for all students in the 3 hour classes and 2 meals for the 6 hour classes.
Parents are highly encouraged to volunteer in class 2 days per month.

Currently, all classes are FULL
Is My Family Eligible?
  • Eligibility for enrollment is based upon State-funded & Head Start Income Criteria. Click on the following links to see if you qualify: State-funded Income Ceilings      Federal Poverty Guidlines
  • Children who will be 4 years, by September 1st  have first priority. 
  • Children who will be 3 years, by September 1st may apply, however class size is limited.
  • If a class is full, children will be placed on a wait list. 
What Documentation Do I Bring?
  • Completed Registration Application:   English    Spanish 
  • For six-hour classes: one year’s proof of income for each adult in household, PLUS one month recent income documentation. (Examples: pay stubs, cash aid, CalFresh, Section 8, pension, unemployment, child support, self employment declaration)
  • For three-hour classes: Recent income documentation from past one month.
  • Copy of certified birth certificate(s) for all children in family.
  • Copy of child’s immunization record. Immunizations must be complete to register for preschool. Required Immunizations for Preschool:    English     Spanish   (3 Polio, 4 DTaP 1 MMR, 3 Hep B, 1 HIB on or after the first birthday, and 1 Varicella on or after the first birthday)
  • Proof of residency (driver's license, any bill with your name & address, lease, etc.).

Where Do I Register?

CLICK HERE and complete form to enter your child's name on our waiting list. If space becomes available, you will be contacted with an appointment time to register at the District Office, 15250 Avenue of Science.

 Classes Age and Days Hours Day/Time/Location
6-hour classes
Los Penasquitos 3 & 4 yrs. M-F 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Los Penasquitos Elementary
14125 Cuca St, San Diego, 92129
Pomerado 3 & 4 yrs. M-F 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Pomerado Elementary
12321 Ninth St., Poway 92064
Sundance 3 & 4 yrs. M-F 8:20 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. Sundance Elementary
8944 Twin Trails Dr., San Diego, 92129
(Two Classes)
3 & 4 yrs. M-F 8:00 a.m. -  2:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. -  2:00 p.m.
Valley Elementary 
13000 Bowron Rd., Poway, 92064.
3-hour classes
Del Norte
(Two classes)
3 & 4 yrs. M-F 8:30 a.m. -  11:30 a.m.
12:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Del Norte High School
16601 Nighthawk Ln., San Diego, 92127
Rolling Hills 3 & 4 yrs.  M-F 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Rolling Hills Elementary
15255 Penasquitos Dr., San Diego, 92129
For further information, please email Lynnette Turner at 

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