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.

Preschool classrooms are located at Castro and Theuerkauf School sites. 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 at MVWSD Preschool?
Full-day (8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) options
New, higher income eligibility ceilings for FREE preschool
Children as young as 2 years and 9 months can enroll

‚ÄčEnrollment for Fall 2018 begins in March
We will begin accepting applications for our new, full-day classroom on March 12th.
If you are currently on the waiting list for Fall 2018 and you are interested in a full-day space, you must submit a new Waiting List Application.

Full-day and fee-based spaces are very limited - Apply Now!

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                                $4,894/month or $58,728/year
3 $5,270/month or $63,235/year

4 $5,922/month or $71,065/year
5 $6,870/month or $82,436/year
A limited number of families may qualify for free part-day preschool at higher, gross monthly income limits: $5,628 (1-2 people), $6,061 (3 people), $6,810 (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...

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 at:

Castro Elementary School (Rm.36)
505 Escuela Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94040
(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

The preschool classrooms and office are closed during the summer (by appointment only June 4th - August 17th, 2018) and have the same breaks and holidays as the elementary and middle schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District.  We are closed on the following dates: December 18th - January 2nd, February 19th - 23rd, March 19th, April 9th - 13th, May 3-4th and May 28th

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.

Castro Preschool Lic.#434400230   Theuerkauf Preschool Lic.#434410800


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