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Preschool Programs

High Quality Programs


The CUSD State Preschool Programs are licensed by the State of California, Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Child Care Division and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

As a licensed child care program, we are required to maintain mandated levels of health and safety requirements as set forth within the Title 22 Regulations for Child Care Centers.

As a NAEYC accredited program, we have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process to ensure that we are providing high quality services as outlined in the 10 NAEYC Early Learning Standards.

More information on Title 22 Regulations and the 10 NAEYC Learning Standards can be obtained by clicking directly on the links above. 

Welcome to Preschool

Welcome to the Claremont Unified School District Child Development Preschool Program! It is our pleasure and privilege to share in the growth and development of your child and your family.


The CUSD State Preschool is a Kindergarten Readiness Program that provides services to children that are three and four years of age.  Children must be three years old on or before September 1st of the enrolling school year in order to attend our preschool program.

Our programs are located on the campus of Vista del Valle Elementary located at 550 Vista Drive and the Danbury School located at 1745 Lynoak Drive.

  • The preschool program at Vista del Valle offers a morning class from 7:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and an afternoon class from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • The preschool program at Danbury offers a morning class from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and an afternoon class from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All classes are offered Monday-Friday and follows CUSD’s school calendar which can be viewed online at http://calendar.cusd.claremont.edu/

Program Philosophy

It is the belief of the CUSD State Preschool Program that the child’s day should reflect an interest in developing the whole child by:

  • providing learning experiences within an environment that is stable, familiar and predictable, yet allows for individual flexibility
  • supporting children towards their optimal level of development through active participation and exploration that values the child as a contributing member to his/her learning
  • making connections with the family and community in support of the child
  • having access to knowledgeable teaching staff who are in tune with the needs and abilities of each child and has extended understanding of child development


The approach to planning learning experiences for the preschool child is based on the belief that:

  • Children learn best when taught in all areas of development
  • Children learn best when the family and community work together to support the child and the program
  • Children learn best when challenges are addressed early and resources are provided to assist the child in meeting their full potential
  • Children learn best when provided with hands on experiences that are relevant to their daily lives

Preschool Goals and Objectives

The fundamental goal of the CUSD State Preschool is to ensure that all children in the program make progress in the areas of physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. Children must be provided with opportunities to interact with people and materials that will enhance their innate ability to explore the world around them, develop positive relationships with peers and expand their knowledge through active participation and play. Within CUSD’s Preschool programs, we pride ourselves on providing each child with an individualized plan for learning that recognizes their current level of development and supports them as they master new skills and abilities. Our classrooms provide children with a safe and nurturing space that welcomes children to take charge of their learning and be involved in the learning process.


The objective of the CUSD State Preschool is to ensure that all children achieve four broad desired results that have been defined as conditions of well-being for children:

  • Children are personally and socially competent
  • Children are effective learners
  • Children show physical and motor competence
  • Children are safe and healthy


To assist teaching staff in creating experiences that support these four (4) desired results, we utilize the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) to assess the development of each child. The assessment is also used to plan for, and conduct age and developmentally appropriate activities and learning experiences. A DRDP is completed on each child within the first sixty (60) days of enrollment and every six (6) months thereafter. 



For more information on the Preschool Program please contact Ruby Garcia, Preschool Account Clerk @ (909) 398-0609 ext. 41006 or rgarcia@cusd.claremont.edu

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the State Preschool Program, families must meet eligibility requirements. Eligibility will be established by one of the following:

  • Family is income eligible (not exceeding income ceiling established by CA Department of Education)
  • Family is homeless
  • Child enrolling is at risk of abuse, neglect, or receiving Child Protective Services
  • Family is a current aid recipient
  • Families must reside in the state of California
  • Child must be 3 or 4 years of age before September 1 of the enrolling school year
    • Priority is given to 4-year old children who turn 4 on or before September 1

In addition: 

    Child must be fully toilet trained (unless diapering is due to a disability)

Documentation Requirements

The following documentation must be provided at the time of registration in order to verify eligibility:

  • Proof of Residency
  • Proof of Family Income (all sources)
  • Birth Certificate/Birth Record for all Children in Family
  • Current Physical for Enrolling Child
  • Immunization Record for Enrolling Child

Other documentation may be requested depending on type of eligibility. Please contact Ruby Garcia @ (909) 398-0609 ext. 41006 for documentation requirements specific to your family circumstance.