Half Day State Preschool

  • Our Program

    The Half Day State Preschool Program provides a 10-month kindergarten readiness program for three and four year old children at no cost, to qualifying families. The program emphasizes social, emotional, physical and creative development. Children have the opportunity to learn individually and in small and large groups. All children must be able to use the bathroom independently with few reminders.

    Meal Services

    A healthy, nutritious snack is served daily by the Nutrition Services Department.


    The staff to child ratio is 1:8.


    3 hour AM sessions. Hours of operation vary at program sites. Open Monday through Friday.


    Qualification of services based on family size and income (please see chart below). 

    Enrollment Priorities 

    • Priority 1: Families with CPS or At-Risk status

    • Priority 2: Families with the lowest gross monthly adjusted income

      1. Priority 2a: 4 Year Olds

      2. Priority 2b: 3 Year Olds

    • Priority 3: Children with exceptional needs (for example, an IEP)

    Parent Involvement

    We believe parents are a child's first teacher and welcome your participation and feedback. Parents are welcome to visit at any time. We encourage family input and involvement through our Parent Advisory Committees. Formal Parent Conferences are held twice a year and parent-teacher communication is encouraged on a regular basis.

    Classroom Participation

    To foster partnerships with parents and to ensure their child's success and progress in school, parents are encouraged to participate in the classroom 6 hours, 2 days per month. 

    Parent Education

    To enhance parents' knowledge in child development and promote their child's early learning development, parents are encouraged to attend educational workshops.

    Curriculum & Daily Routine

    The Half Day State Preschool Programs use the High Scope Curriculum approach to teaching and learning. Research based and child focused, the High Scope Curriculum uses a carefully designed process - called "active participatory learning" - to achieve powerful, positive outcomes. The High Scope Preschool Curriculum not only helps young children excel in language and cognitive learning but also promotes independence, curiosity, decision-making, copperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving - the fundamental skills that help determine success in adult life.

    A daily routine is a consistent framework for the day that provides a balanced variety of experiences and learning opportunities. Our daily routine includes time for indoor and outdoor experiences as well as time for child-initiated and teacher-initiated activities. A High Scope Daily Routine includes the Plan-Do-Review sequence, as well as Small Group and Large Group experiences.

    Planning Time

    Teachers meet with their primary group of children. Children think about what they want to do and describe their plan to the group. Teachers encourage and offer extensions for the children's chosen path.

    Work Time

    This is the longest portion of the day where children carry out their plans or shift to new activities that interest them. Children are encouraged to make choices, decisions and initiate their own activities. Teachers act as guides and facilitators supporting children's work.

    Recall Time

    The "review" portion of our day, children discuss what they have done and learned, and listen to the activities of the other children.

    Small Group

    Teachers develop a small-group activity based on children's interests and particular skills, materials, or content areas that suit children's developmental learning needs. Though the adult plans the activity and sets it in motion, children make choices about how to use the materials and freely communicate their ideas. 

    State Income Qualifying Guidelines

    Family Size and Gross Monthly Income

    1-2  Family members   $5,540

    3     Family members   $6,157 

    4     Family members   $7,069

    5     Family members   $8,199

    6     Family members   $9,330

    7     Family members   $9,542

    8     Family members   $9,755


    For more information, please contact:

    Bowers State Preschool
    2755 Barkley Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95051
    (408) 423-1117 | Frances O'Brien
    (408) 423-1114 | Pushpa Wewegama
    (408) 423-1116 | Meenakshi Lohiya

    Bracher State Preschool
    2401 Bowers Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95051
    (408) 423-1222 | Ruth Werner

    Briarwood State Preschool
    1940 Townsend Avenue, Santa Clara, 95051
    (408) 423-1314 | Elizabeth Aguilar

    Hughes State Preschool
    4949 Calle De Escuela, Santa Clara, CA 95054
    (408) 423-1517 | Joanie Nellis 

    Mayne State Preschool
    5030 N. First Street, Alviso, CA 95002
    (408) 423-1714 | Simmi Chander

    Montague State Preschool
    750 Laurie Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054
    (408) 423-1917 | Vidya Rao (Room 12)
    (408) 423-1976 | Tammy Dang (Room 27)

    Scott Lane State Preschool
    1925 Scott Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95050
    (408) 423-4117 | Sandra DeAnda (Room 32)
    (408) 423-4115 | Larissa Patel (Room 33)
    (408) 423-4116 | Kim Vo (Room 34)


    If you are interested in enrolling, please fill out the FCE Application on SCUSD Online Enrollment. As space becomes available, a staff member will contact you to start the enrollment process. 

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