California State Preschool — Half Day
The California State Preschool Program provides a 10-month half-day kindergarten readiness program for three and four year old children at no cost, or a reduced cost, to qualifying families. The program emphasizes kindergarten readiness skills as well as 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.
A healthy, nutritious snack is served daily by the Child Nutrition Department.
Our staff to child ratio is 1:8.
Our 3 hour programs are offered in morning and afternoon 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). Parents are required to make a commitment to volunteer in the preschool classroom 6 hours or 2 days per month.
We believe parents are a child's first teacher and welcome your participation and feedback about the program. Our sites have an open door policy. 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.
To foster partnerships with parents and to ensure their child's success and progress in school, parents are encouraged to participate in the classroom 2 days per month.
To enhance parents' knowledge in child development and promote their child's early learning development, parents are required to attend educational workshops.
Curriculum & Daily Routine
The California 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.
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.
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.
The "review" portion of our day, children discuss what they have done and learned, and listen to the activities of the other children.
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:
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
If you are interested in enrolling, please add your family information to the FCE Waitlist. As space becomes available, a staff member will contact you to start the enrollment process.