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Click on this video link to see a day in MVWSD's preschool.

The MVWSD is committed to providing quality, early education because we understand the importance of early brain development and its impact on future learning and success.  We are a proud participant in Quality Matters and the QRIS and all of our preschool sites are independently rated at the highest levels.  The MVWSD Preschool Program
 is also the recipient of the 2018 California School Boards Association's Golden Bell Award in Early Childhood Education and an Inclusion Endorsement from the Santa Clara County's Inclusion Collaborative

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We use a developmentally appropriate curriculum that supports kindergarten readiness and is aligned with the California Department of Education's Preschool Learning Foundations. Our classroom and office staff work diligently with our students and their families to build a strong foundation that will last a lifetime.  

Any family living in Mountain View with an age eligible child is invited to apply for preschool services. 

As of January 1, 2020 ALL 4 year olds living within the Castro School boundary are now eligible for FREE, part-day preschool at Latham Preschool.

If you would like to enroll your child for 2020-21 school year, we have:

FREE: part-time State Preschool spaces for income eligible families
FREE: part-time State Preschool spaces at Latham Preschool for ALL 4 year olds who live within the Castro School boundary
Fee-Based: full-day spaces with no income or address requirements
Reduced cost: full-day spaces for families who qualify for State Preschool based on their income

State Preschool spaces (FREE part-day and reduced cost, full-day for qualified families)

You must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for State Preschool. For example...

Family Size         Gross Income Ceiling (as of July 1, 2019) 

1-2                                $5,343/month or $64,120/year
3 $5,802/month or $69,620/year

4 $6,719/month or $80,623/year
5 $7,794/month or $93,522/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: $6,286 (1-2 people), $6,826 (3 people), $7,904 (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 (open to all families)

Listed fees are due monthly (August - May) 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, based on availability.  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.

Age Eligibility, Priority & Enrollment

For all preschool classes, your child must be at least 3 years old by December 2nd to enroll and begin preschool during the months of August through December 2nd.  If your child's 3rd birthday is after December 2nd, he/she may begin school once he/she turns 3 years old.

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 run Monday through Friday (no partial week schedules). 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. 

Preschool Sites
Our preschool classes are currently located at Latham (on the Castro & Mistral Elementary School campus), Graham  Middle School and Theuerkauf Elementary.

Applications are available here (Preschool application in English and Preschool application in Spanish)

To get more information or to submit an application for your child, please contact the Preschool Administrative Office at:

MVWSD Preschool Office - Latham Preschool 
1850 Latham Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 526-3560

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

Making a Tuition Payment:

If your child is currently enrolled in the MVWSD Preschool Program, you can make your tuition payments in the preschool office at Latham Preschool or you can make a payment online through MySchoolBucks.

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The preschool classrooms and office are CLOSED during the summer (June 10th - August 12th) 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 Part-Day State Preschool with higher income ceilings, a lower age for preschool 
participation and up to 24 months of continuous eligibility without annual re-certification.

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Theuerkauf Preschool Lic.#434410800       Graham Preschool Lic.#435700721


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