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Preschool Programs

NMCUSD Preschool Programs are offered full and part day with options for ten or twelve months during the year.  The programs emphasize kindergarten readiness skills, social and emotional development, physical and creative development in an active participatory learning environment.  Children have the opportunity to learn individually and in small and large groups

The preschool programs are currently rated at the exceeding quality tier, in the “Quality Matters... A Strong Start for kids”  Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS). The purpose of this initiative is to acknowledge and identify high quality early learning preschool programs in California. Programs are assessed based on the following elements: Child Observation, Developmental and Health Screening, Effective Teacher-Child Interactions, Ratios and Group Size, Environment, and Staff Training and Education


Children who are 2 years, 9 months of age are eligible to attend the State Preschool. Enrollment of qualified children is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Enrollment in the State Preschool Half-Day Program is based on income.
Enrollment in the State Preschool Full-Day and Super-Day programs is based on income and need for child care.
All enrollment is conducted at the State Preschool Program Office.
Documentation required for enrollment includes:

  • Proof of Immunizations
  • Recent physical examination results
  • Proof of family income
  • Birth certificates for all children in the family
  • Proof of need for child care (Full and Super Day only)

Preschool Site Staff Directory 

Castroville Elementary School
Full-Day State Preschool and Super-Day State Preschool operates from 6:00AM - 6:00PM

  • Olivia Ibarra, Program Cooridnator  831 632-2613  
  • Juanita Vargas, Teacher  831 632-0683 

Echo Valley Elementary School
Half-Day State Preschool operates from 8:00AM - 11:00AM

Elkhorn Elementary School
Half-Day State Preschool operates AM Session 8:45AM - 11:45AM and PM Session 12:15PM - 3:15PM
Full-Day State Preschool operates from 8:00AM - 3:30PM

  • Carrie Triano, Teacher and Mirna Araos, Special Ed. Teacher 831 633-3135 
  • Jeannette Jimenez, Teacher  831 633-8227

Prunedale Elementary School
Half-Day State Preschool operates 8:00AM - 11:00AM and Full-Day State Preschool operates 7:30AM - 4:45PM
Parent Participation Coop Preschool operates from 8:30AM - 11:30AM

  • Half-Day and Full-Day State Preschool - Lori White, Teacher  831 663-5289  
  • Parent Participation Coop Preschool - Kristina Torres (831) 663-2187

Castro Plaza Family Resource Center

  • Half-Day State Preschool - Maria Gutierrez, Teacher  831 633-2141
  • Half-Day State Preschool - TBA, Teacher  831 633-2141