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Elk Grove Unified is committed to providing opportunities for pre-kindergarten early childhood education by offering several programs that help 3 and 4 year old children get ready for kindergarten. The programs are funded from different sources and their requirements vary by funding source. Head Start, Title I, and State Preschool programs are free to income eligible families.
Preschool Eligibility /Guidelines

Preschool Eligibility /Guidelines

Preschool Eligibility and Family Income Guidelines

Please review the Interest form for additional information about income guidelines to determine whether you qualify for any of our preschool programs. Please note that priority is given to students with Individualized Education Plan (IEPs), foster care, families experiencing housing insecurity, recipients of child protective services and recipients of public assistance (SNAP/TANF).
Por favor, revise el formulario de interés para obtener información adicional sobre las guías de ingresos para determinar si usted califica para cualquiera de nuestros programas preescolares. Tenga en cuenta que se da prioridad a los estudiantes con Plan de Educación Individualizada (IEP), cuidado de crianza, las familias que experimentan inseguridad en la vivienda, los beneficiarios de los servicios de protección infantil, y los beneficiarios de la asistencia pública (SNAP/TANF).
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Preschool Registration

Preschool Registration

Preschool Registration for the Upcoming School Year
Preschool registration for the upcoming school year is ongoing. Please complete the interest form below to be placed on the wait list. When space becomes available, the enrollment team will contact you.
Preschool Registration for the 2024-25 School Year
Online registration for preschool is now available. Please use the Preschool Online Registration link below to begin the registration process. Please contact our Early Childhood Education office at (916) 686-7595 with questions or to request a paper registration packet.

Required Documents (in addition to online electronic forms)

Please begin collecting these required documents for the official enrollment process.  
Required Documents (in addition to online electronic forms): 

  • Birth verification for registering child (Certified or hospital) 
  • Birth certificate for all siblings in the home under 18 years of age: to verify family size (certified or hospital) 
  • Most current and consecutive 30 days of any/all income: (check stubs, entire signed tax return, disability, SSI, TANF, SNAP or CalWORKs.) 
  • Immunization records or document from physician 
  • Current address verification: (property tax receipt, mortgage statement, rental/lease agreement, utility/rental receipt, recent parent/guardian pay stub, voter registration or government agency documentation.) 
  • Name of Dental and Medical Plan 
  • Medical, Dental, and/or Medi-Cal Insurance Cards 
  • WIC #, if applicable 
  • Parent/Guardian immunizations (Pertussis, Measles and Influenza) are required to volunteer (COVID vaccination required for Head Start parents to volunteer or weekly testing requirement if exempt). 
    If applicable: 
    • Court documentation for guardianship/foster care/custody/restraining orders 
    • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) if your child is receiving special education services (speech therapy, etc.)
    • Please call the ECE Department at (916) 686-7595 if you have any questions

Preschool Program Locations and Offices

Preschool Program Offerings

Preschool Program Offerings

Head Start

Head Start is a federally funded program for 3 and 4 year old children. There are two class sessions available, 3.5 hours per day, Monday through Thursday and 6 hours per day Monday through Friday. 

First Day of Preschool with Head Start - English
First Day of Preschool with Head Start - Spanish

California State Preschool Program

California's State Preschool is a state funded program serving 3 and 4 year old children. State preschool classrooms focus on preparting children for kindergarten. Classes are in session three hours per day, Monday through Friday.

Title I Preschool

Title 1 Preschool is for children ages 3 and 4 who live within the boundaries of a Title 1 school. Classes are in session 2.5 hours per day, Monday through Friday.
The following elementary schools have a Title 1 preschool program:

Parent-Child Playgroup

Parent-Child Playgroup is a high quality, play-based parent participation program that is free for families residing in the EGUSD. Children must be 0-3 years old and a parent/caregiver must participate with their child. The program promotes experiences in language and literacy, social-emotional, gross and fine motor skills, and numeracy development.  In-person classes are currently being held at Herman Leimbach, Prairie, and Charles Mack Elementary. Playgroups are also being offered via ZOOM. Please view the flyer link below for more information. 

Fee-Based Programs

If your child does not meet the eligibility criteria for our free Preschool programs, Champions and CDI are fee-based Preschool programs. Visit our EGUSD Child Care page for more information about Champions and CDI.
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