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State-funded Registration

California State Preschool Program (CSPP) and Headstart Collaboration Program

The program provides both part-day and full-day services that provides a core class curriculum that is developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate for the children served.

2024-25 New Student Enrollment: Preschool


4-year-olds: Children born between 6/3/2020 to 12/1/2020

3-year-olds: Children born between 12/2/2020 to 12/1/2021
3-year-olds born after 12/1/2021 may still be considered for enrollment, but may not necessarily start at the beginning of the school year on August 21, 2024. Start date for younger children will be determined at the discretion of the District Office.

If your child is born between 9/2/2019-6/2/2020, they are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten. Please contact your neighborhood school directly for enrollment information or visit the district webpage about Transitional Kindergarten.
Children with a 5th birthday between September 2, 2023 and September 1, 2024 (born between September 2, 2018 and September 1, 2019) are eligible to enroll in Kindergarten for the 2024-25 school year. Kindergarten Information


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

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:

  • Family is income-eligible based on state and federal low income guidelines
  • Family is a current recipient of aid (TANF,SSI,SNAP, Calfresh, CALWorks)
  • Family is homeless (or living with another family due to financial hardship)
  • Referral from Child Protective Services 
  • Children with Disabilities (Exceptional Needs) *Based on a referral from Preschool Transition Team 

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 only.

Registration Information 2024-25


Part of the State-funded Registration Request Form requires you to select a Preschool Class location. You may choose more than one. There are seven locations for the State program and all classes meet Monday through Friday.
  • Head Start/State-Funded 6-hour classrooms (three hours on Thursday) at Los Peñasquitos, Pomerado and  Sundance Elementary Schools and Del Norte High School.
  • State-Funded 3-hour classrooms at Del Norte High School, Valley Elementary, Rolling Hills Elementary and NEW for 24-25 Morning Creek Elementary 
See State-Funded Preschool Classes, including Start and End times. 


The State-funded 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 registration requests list. Please provide all information requested. If space becomes available, you will be contacted with further instructions.

Please allow for up to 10 business days after completing the Registration Request Form to receive your initial contact from the PUSD Preschool Department.


STEP 3: INCOME Eligibility and Enrollment

You will be contacted via email when a space becomes available for your child. An invitation for enrollment will be sent with a link to choose your appointment time; it will also contain a list of documentation needed for eligibility. At your appointment  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.
The documents you will be asked to provide include:
    1. All Income records for most current month prior to your registration appointment (Pay Stubs, 2022 W2, SSI, CalFresh and other government assistance documentation, child support orders, etc.);
    2. Updated Immunization records for the child enrolling
    3. Birth Certificates for ALL children under 18 years old in your household. And;
    4. One copy of your proof of Residency (bank statement, driver license, cable contract, etc)

STEP 4: IMMUNIZATIONS at time of Enrollment 

Immunization requirements for preschool are as following:


  1. DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis): 4 doses
  2. MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella):1 dose

  3. Varicella (Chickenpox): 1 dose

  4. Polio Vaccine: 3 doses

  5. Hepatitis B Vaccine: 3 doses

  6. Hib Vaccine: one dose on or after 1st Birthday


  •  If you are applying to a 3 hour program (CSPP Only) selection for our program will be based on rankings (Income Ranking Table for Fiscal year) and a decision will be made on or before 30 days after application.
  • If you are applying for a 6 hour collaboration with Headstart class your selection will depend in your eligibility with Headstart (your application will be a two step process) Decisions will be made on or before 30 days after your application with PUSD.