PUSD State-Funded and Head Start Preschool

Poway Unified School District offers FREE State-Funded and Head Start preschool classes for children income eligible households.

 2022-2023 State-Funded & Head Start Registration Request Form  2022-2023 State-Funded & Head Start Registration Request Form (Spanish)


Open Enrollment for 2022-2023

Request Form (Wait list) will open April 1st , 2022 for State-Funded Preschool
Open Enrollment Begins April 25th, 2022
Please allow for up to 10 business days after completing the Registration Request Form to receive your initial contact from the PUSD Preschool Department.

Age Eligibility:
The introduction of Universal TK may affect your child's eligibility for our Preschool programs. If your child will turn 5 years old between September 2, 2022 and February 2, 2023, he/she is eligible for Transitional Kindergarten. Please contact the school directly for enrollment information or visit the district website here.
  • 4 year old Preschool-Date of birth between 2/3/2018 to 2/3/2019
  • 3 year old Preschool-Date of birth between 2/3/2019 to 2/2/2020
Priority will be given to 4 year olds; if a class is full, children will be placed on a wait list.
Income Eligibility for State-Funded Preschool:
Eligibility for enrollment is based upon State-Funded & Head Start Income Criteria.

To be eligible, a family must meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • Eligible 3 and 4-year-old children
  • Family is income-eligible based on state and federal low income guidelines
  • Family is a current recipient of aid (TANF,SSI,SNAP)
  • Family is homeless
  • Referral from Child Protective Services 
Head Start/State-Funded 6-hour classes require eligibility of both State and Federal income guidelines. State-Funded 3-hour classes require eligibility of State income guidelines.

Click on the following links to see if you qualify:

State-funded Income Ceiling 
Federal Poverty Guidelines


How to Register: Registration Information




Part of the Registration Request Form requires you to select a Preschool Class location. You may choose more than one. There are six locations for the State program and all classes meet Monday through Friday. 

  • Head Start/State-Funded 6-hour classrooms (three hours on Wednesdays) at Los Peñasquitos, Pomerado, Sundance and Valley Elementary schools.
  • State-Funded 3-hour classrooms at Del Norte High School and Rolling Hills Elementary schools. 
See State-Funded Preschool Classes Below, including Start and End times. 



The Registration Request Form provides basic student information and a choice of preschool class [see Step One]. Complete the form to enter your child's name on our waiting list. Please provide all information requested. If space becomes available, you will be contacted with further instructions.  
State-Funded Preschool Registration Request Form



You will be contacted via email when a space becomes available for your child. An application will be sent and contains a list of documentation needed for eligibility. At this step we will be verifying your income criteria for eligibility, you will have to be able to provide some form of income verification (Examples: pay stubs, cash aid, CalFresh, Section 8, pension, unemployment, child support, self employment declaration).  We will require recent income documentation from past one month for each adult in the household.
Your enrollment is NOT COMPLETE until you have returned documents requested.



Once you have been selected and approved for our program you will:
1.  Receive a link to register (sent to you via email)
2. Send copies or photos of birth certificates for all the children under 18 living in the household
3. Copy of child’s immunization record. Immunizations must be complete to register for preschool. Required Immunizations for Preschool: 3 Polio, 4 DTaP 1 MMR on or after the first birthday, 3 Hep B, 1 HIB on or after the first birthday, and 1 Varicella. See Immunization Guide in English or Spanish.
4.-Proof of Residency (driver's license, any utility bill or bank statement with your name & address, lease/rent receipt, etc.).
If possible, documentation should be submitted in PDF format. If you do not have access to a scanner, there are multiple free phone apps that transform photos into PDF documents, including: 

State-Funded Preschool Locations

State-Funded and Head Start Combination (6-hour Program)

Classes Age Days/ Hours Location
Los Penasquitos 3 & 4 yrs M-T-Th-F 8:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
W 8:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Los Peñasquitos Elementary
14125 Cuca St, San Diego, 92129
Pomerado 3 & 4 yrs M-T-Th-F 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
W 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Pomerado Elementary
12321 Ninth St., Poway 92064
Sundance 3 & 4 yrs M-T-Th-F 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
W 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Sundance Elementary
8944 Twin Trails Dr., San Diego, 92129
Valley (Two classes) 3 & 4 yrs M-T-Th-F 8:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
W 8:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Valley Elementary
13000 Bowron Rd., Poway, 92064

State-funded: Three-hour classes

Classes AGE Day/ Hours Location
Del Norte (two classes) 3 & 4 yrs M-F 8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.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

One free meal is included for all students in the 3-hour program and 2 meals for the 6-hour program. Parents are highly encouraged to volunteer in class 2 days per month.


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



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