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Preschool Program

The State Preschool program is a part-time comprehensive developmental program for three-to-five-year-old children from low-income families residing in the Chula Vista Elementary School District boundaries. The program is funded through Title 5 of the California Code for Regulation and monitored for quality by California Department of Education, Child Development Division.

Services are available to all eligible persons without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, color, ancestry or mental or physical disability. The State Preschool welcomes enrollment of children with disabilities.

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Program Goals

  • To provide the physical, emotional, social and mental development support of each child in the preschool.
  • To provide each child/student with a program that will enable him/her to gain an appreciation of self-worth and a positive self-image.
  • To provide a sound foundation for continuing academic and social success in the years to follow.
  • To provide every child with a feeling of being loved and accepted for his/her own unique self.
  • To remember that a child’s work is play and that valuable learning and development experiences come through play.
  • To expose the child to literacy and technology which will give the child skills to compete in the changing world.


We believe that each child is a unique, capable individual. We strive to provide a program that values creativity, encourages curiosity, and fosters a love of learning. Using developmentally appropriate teaching strategies, the staff facilitates student growth in all areas; physical, social, emotional, and intellectual. Varying levels of ability, overall development and learning styles are anticipated, accepted, and used to design appropriate activities.

The Preschool Day

Preschool students attend a three (3) hour preschool session of 24 students. The typical preschool day will include:

  • Meal (breakfast or lunch)
  • Outdoor/Gross-Motor play
  • Teacher directed activities: Large and small group learning opportunities such as: music, literacy, math, and language development activities
  • Child directed activities: Students independently choose areas at various centers of interest throughout the classroom such as: Dramatic play, writing, listening, blocks, science, sensory, art, music, puzzles and small manipulatives, math, book/library area, etc.

Preschool Curriculum

The preschool curriculum provides a wide variety of activities and techniques that enhance the social skills, language development and general problem solving. The Curriculum is developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate

The instructional program follows the State of California’s Preschool Learning Foundations to structure learning opportunities in the areas of Social-Emotional Development, Language and Literacy, English Language Development, Mathematics, Motor Skills, Science, and the Arts.

We have an adopted curriculum series for our preschool program. Cognitive, literacy and math development activities are presented on themes of interest to preschool children. All teachers are expected to adhere to the curriculum providing up to one(1) hour of adult directed instruction and one (1) hour of student guided activities based upon teacher-planned opportunities to practice and to make meaningful connections between what he hears, what he practices, and how skills he learns at school relate to his family/home. The curriculum is available in English and in Spanish, to support the learning of all children. Classes are divided as English and Spanish for primary language instruction. However, our program allows parents to enroll their child in the am/pm schedule of preference.

Preschool Locations

State Preschools are located on the campuses of the following schools:

Cook (new) Juarez-Lincoln Montgomery Rohr
Feaster Charter Kellogg Mueller Charter Rogers
Finney Lauderbach Otay Valle Lindo
Harborside Loma Verde Rice Vista Square


State Preschool Eligibility


Children must meet the program qualifications listed below:

  • AGE - Child must be at least 3 or 4 years old by September 1st (not eligible for Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten)
  • IMMUNIZATION - Child must have 3 polio, 4 DTP, 3 Hep B, 1 Varicella, 1 MMR, and 1 HIB. The MMR and HIB must be given on or after the first birthday
  • INCOME - Family income must fall within State guidelines for low income according to family size
  • RESIDENCY - Preference will be given to families who reside within the Chula Vista

School District’s attendance area Priority is given to children who turn 4 by September 1st and will attend Kindergarten the following year.

Registration Procedure

2017-2018 Preschool Registration Information / 2017-2018 Información sobre el inicio de inscripciones

2017-2018 Preschool Program Initial Eligibility Student Information / 2017-2018 Información inicial para la elegibilidad


Step 1: Please bring the following documents to register:

  • Child’s immunization record
  • Recent proof of income (a month's worth)
  • Birth Certificate of the child registering, and of all the dependent children in the household
  • ONE document proving residency (utility bill, phone or cable)

Step 2: Register at the State Preschool Office:

Chula Vista Elementary School District
84 East J Street, Chula Vista 91910

Registration hours: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Thursday

Phone: (619) 425-2362

Preschool Evaluation Referrals

The Preschool Evaluations department can assist parents who are concerned regarding their child's development. If you feel your child may require an evaluation please contact the Preschool Intake Secretary at (619) 425-9600 ext 1708 to schedule an intake appointment. During your intake appointment, your concerns will be discussed with the intake team who will then determine the best next steps for your child with your input. The video below will take you through the entire preschool intake process and shed some light on how the evaluation may look for your child.

Preschool Comprehensive Evaluation Procedure - English / Spanish

Contact Us

(619) 425-9600, ext 1708
Fax (619) 425-3558

Lisa Parker - Executive Director of Student, Family, Community & Instruction Services and Support
Rita Palet - M.A, Director Early Education Programs
Noemy Salas - Coordinator, Early Education Programs
Jennifer Lopez - Psy.D, Lead Psychologist Early Education Programs
Nancy Kennedy - Secretary to the Director
Patricia Martinez - Secretary I
Sylvia Garcia - Clerk Typist III

Ricky C. Lizarraga - Preschool Intake Secretary

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