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 preschool based on income and family size, however, there are fee-based spaces available for families that do not qualify for free preschool.

As a result of our recent expansion, there is currently no waiting list for age-eligible students.  Apply now for the 2017-18 school year while spaces are still available OR place your child on the waiting list for the 2018-19 school year.  

Preschool Enrollment for 2018-19 begins March 2018

UPDATE - January 2018
New, higher income eligibility ceilings for FREE preschool
and you can now enroll your a child as young as 2 years and 9 months old (birthday on or before December 1st).

State Preschool spaces
FREE to qualified families

Your child must be 3 or 4 years old by December 1st of the school year for which you are applying and you must meet income eligibility requirements. For example...

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

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 waiver is now 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 automatically be eligible for State Preschool spaces . Visit our office today to see if you qualify for FREE preschool!

Fee-based spaces

Your child must be 3 or 4 years old by December 1st of the school year for which you are applying.  Fees are monthly and are on a sliding scale, based on family income:

Monthly Gross Income Monthly Preschool Fee

Over-income for State Preschool - $5,151/mo $425.00
$5,152 - $8,624/month $500.00
$8,625/month and above $575.00

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 half-day sessions (3 hours), 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 (in 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

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


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