The Mountain View Whisman School District Preschool Program accepts applications for the preschool waiting list on an on-going basis. As part of our commitment to providing a high quality, early childhood classroom experience, our preschool program uses a developmentally based curriculum that is aligned with California Department of Education and Head Start's early childhood standards for kindergarten readiness. Additionally, our teachers have Bachelor's Degrees and Child Development Permits issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. 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.

Our preschool classrooms are located at Castro, Slater, and Theuerkauf School sites. There are several different ways in which families may qualify for preschool services, regardless of income (based on State Preschool, Head Start, District-Funded and/or First 5 Child Signature Program eligibility requirements). All preschool sessions are FREE.



The eligibility requirements are as follows:

Head Start & State Preschool

  • Your child must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1st of the school year for which your are applying.
  • You must meet income requirements.  For example, a family of 4 making between $0-$46,896/yr. qualifies for State Preschool and a family of 4 making $31,005/yr qualifies for Head Start (these are gross income amounts).

First 5 Child Signature Program (CSP) OR District-Funded Program

  • Your child must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1st of the school year for which you are applying.
  • No income requirements
  • You must live in Mountain View

Priority for all preschool classes is given to children who will be 4 years old by September 1st of the school year for which the child is enrolling. All classes are half-day sessions (either 3 or 3 1/2 hours), Monday through Friday. A child can only enroll in one session. Once your child's name is on the waiting list, our enrollment clerk will contact you if a space becomes available for your child. 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 February. Children remain on the waiting list until they are no longer age eligible for our program (there is no need to re-apply each year).  Waiting List Applications and information for all sites are available at the Preschool Administrative Office located 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. - 4:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday)

CLOSED 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. for Lunch

The preschool classrooms and office are closed during the summer and have the same breaks and holidays as the elementary  and middle schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District.

Preschool Alternatives

There are a number of preschool alternatives in or near Mountain View. Please, see the following link for a list of some of those programs: Local Preschools. The city of Mountain View Parks & Recreation also offers a Kinder Prep program (650) 903-6408, and Palo Alto Online maintains a database of other area childcare and preschool providers,

Note: This information should not be construed as an endorsement by the Mountain View Whisman School District. Parents should do their own investigation to determine if a particular program is appropriate for their child.


Castro Preschool Lic.#434400230         Slater Preschool Lic.#430710202      Theuerkauf Preschool Lic.#434410800