The Mountain View Whisman School District Preschool Program accepts applications on an on-going basis. As part of our commitment to providing a high quality, early childhood experience, our program uses a developmentally appropriate curriculum that supports kindergarten readiness and is aligned with California Department of Education's Preschool Learning Foundations. All of our sites are independently rated at the highest quality levels through California's Quality Rating and Improvement System. Our classroom and office staff work diligently with our students and their families to build a strong foundation in early learning that will last a lifetime.  All families are eligible for preschool services. Some families may qualify for FREE, State Preschool based on income and family size, however, there are fee-based spaces available for families that do not qualify for free preschool. 

What's New?
As of July 1, 2018...
The income eligibility ceilings for State Preschool have increased.  Families with higher incomes now qualify for free part-day preschool. See the updated income ceilings below...

There are a limited number of FREE, part-day spaces still available.

There is a wait list for part-day and full-day, Fee-Based spaces. 

Currently accepting applications for 2019-20 for both FREE and fee-based, part-day and full-day preschool options.

State Preschool spaces
(FREE part-day and low cost full-day spaces to qualified families)

Your child must be at least 3 years old by December 2nd.  You must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for State Preschool. For example...

Family Size         Gross Income Ceiling (as of January 16, 2018) 

1-2                                $5,067/month or $60,808/year
3 $5,467/month or $65,604/year

4 $6,383/month or $76,601/year
5 $7,404/month or $88,857/year
A limited number of spaces are available for free part-day preschool  for families with incomes up to 15% higher than the listed income ceilings: $5,827 (1-2 people), $6,287 (3 people), $7,340 (4 people), etc.

A waiver is available for military families which allows us to exclude BAH from the gross income calculation when determining State Preschool eligibility.

Families receiving CalWorks cash-aid, children in foster care and families in temporary or unstable housing may  be eligible for State Preschool spaces. Visit our office today to see if you qualify for FREE preschool!

Fee-based spaces

Listed fees are due monthly and are on a sliding scale, based on family income:

Monthly Gross Income Part-day Fee/Tuition Full-day Fee/Tuition

State Preschool eligible                        $0                             $350.00

If you're over-income for    
$500.00                       $1,000.00
State-Preschool but make
less than $8,624/month...

If you make $8,625/month 
$575.00                       $1,150.00
or more...

Part-Day & Full-Day Options
You can choose either a part-day or full-day schedule.  Part-day sessions are Monday - Friday from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. or 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.  The full-day session is Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Priority & Enrollment

Priority for all preschool spaces is given to Mountain View residents and children who will be 4 years old by September 1st of the school year for which the child is enrolling. All classes are run Monday through Friday. A child can only enroll in one session. Spaces are limited so submit your application today!

We enroll new students throughout the school year as spaces become available, however, enrollment for each new school year begins during the preceding March. Children remain on the waiting list until they are no longer age eligible for our program and there is no need to re-apply each year.

Applications are available here (English and Spanish)
To get more information or to submit an application for your child, please contact the Preschool Administrative Office near:

Castro Elementary School and Mistral Elementary School
1850 Latham Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 526-3500 ext. 1844

Preschool Office Hours are:
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
CLOSED 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. for Lunch
Open 3:00 - 4:00 for scheduled enrollment appointments

The preschool classrooms and office are CLOSED during the summer (June 10th - July 31st) and have the same breaks and holidays as the elementary and middle schools in the
Mountain View Whisman School District. 

The MVWSD is a participant in the Santa Clara County Child Care Subsidy Pilot which allows us to use modified eligibility criteria for State Preschool, with higher income ceilings and a lower age for preschool participation.

Barack and Michelle Obama Preschool at Latham Lic.#434400230  
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