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 program uses a developmentally based curriculum that is aligned with California Department of Education's Frameworks and Foundations for preschool. All of our sites are independently rated as high quality 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. There are fee-based spaces available for families who do not qualify for free preschool.

Our program is expanding with over 200 spaces for children ages 3 - 5.
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for the 2017-18 school year while spaces are still available.


State Preschool spaces
FREE to qualified families

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

Family Size Monthly Gross Income Ceiling (as of July 1, 2017)

3 $4,340/month or $52,076/year
4 $4,877/month or $58,524/year
5 $5,657/month or $67,888/year

A waiver is now available for military families which allows us to exclude BAH from 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 September 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. 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 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.

Waiting List Applications are available here (in English and Spanish).

More information is 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, 

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   Theuerkauf Preschool Lic.#434410800


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