Ready, Set, Go to Preschool!

preschool children playing with toys

We still have openings for FREE preschool education at Desert Sands USD for families who qualify. Parents of 3 and 4 year-old children residing in the Desert Sands Unified School District area, please visit our Early Childhood Education office located at 47-950 Dune Palms Road, La Quinta or call our office (760) 771-8775 to pick up an enrollment packet. In order to register your child, a parent or guardian must present a birth certificate, proof of residency and proof of income. Openings exist in both the Head Start Preschool Program and the California State Preschool Program.

Preschool classes are conveniently located at Adams, Eisenhower, Hoover, Jackson, Johnson, Lincoln, and Van Buren Elementary Schools, Summer Field Apartment Complex and District Education Center.

Priority for preschool programs is based on income guidelines and need. ‚ÄčThe Head Start Program has low income requirements; however, the California State Preschool Program has recently raised the family gross income ceiling requirements. Please see the income guidelines for 2019-2020.

Early Childhood Education programs welcome all children and support the social, emotional, physical, and educational needs of a child in a safe and healthy environment. Early learning is based on solid developmentally appropriate practices that foster language and literacy in a play-based setting with research-based curriculum. School readiness, which includes social-emotional and academics is a main focus of the program. Children are provided a well-balanced nutritious meal at no cost. Parents are welcome as partners to support their children. Teaching staff holds teacher permits issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The support staff is well trained and knowledgeable of community resources, mental health, social services, health, and nutrition.

Children are accepted into the programs throughout the year based on availability.

Where to apply

Desert Sands Unified School District
Early Childhood Education Office
47-950 Dune Palms Rd.
La Quinta, CA  92253

Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Call us

Head Start (760) 771-8678
State Preschool (760) 771-8677

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