California State Preschool Program
Children and Families can be eligible through:
- Receiving Child Protective Services
- Being AT-Risk of Abuse, neglect or exploitation
- Having an active IEP
- Being Unhoused
- Receiving benefits from Medi-Cal, CalFresh, the California Food Assistance Program, the California Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, the federal Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, Head Start, Early Head Start, or CalWORKSs Cash Aid
- Income Eligibility based on family income and family size
Students must attend 5 days a week
Sites: Flory, Campus Canyon, and Walnut Canyon
Morning Session: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Afternoon Session: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- Must be 3 or 4 on or before December 1
- Children who turn 3 on or after December 2 may enroll on or after their 3rd birthday.
- Students that turn 5 between December 2, 2022 and September 2, 2023, may enroll in either MUSD preschool or Transitional Kindergarten.
- 2023-24 school year: Must be potty trained or in pull-ups with some assitance needed. Children who use the toilet, but are not fully potty trained and who wear pull-ups can be accommodated at our Early Childhood Center (Flory Site) only
Our mission is to encourage children to be confident and independent while providing support for appropriate behavior and promoting social emotional development. This first school experience should develop an interest in learning and discovering, while demonstrating that caring and cooperation are a vital part of the school experience.
Preschool programs are established for the provision at an early age of an enriched environment to benefit your child’s intellectual, physical, emotional, social, and cultural development. Research shows that quality preschool programs reduce the need for remedial classes in subsequent grade levels. During their pre-kindergarten years, children develop characteristics which affect their lifelong ability to learn.
The dual focus of California preschool programs is on children and parents. The family has the most influence on a child’s learning and growing. Participation of parents in classroom activities provides for observation of their child’s behavior in a formal learning setting and allows for reinforcement of teaching at home. Parents benefit from the support of the preschool teacher and other parents as they meet for parent education sessions relating to child development.
Moorpark’s Preschool programs address a broad range of developmental elements to maximize student learning and growth within a safe and nurturing school environment. The participating children will develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually through child-centered experiences which are age appropriate and geared to individual learning needs. Children will benefit from a home-school relationship that builds each family’s capacity to educate the child and connect the parents with their child’s education. Instruction will take place in the child’s home language to maximize that connection and build on what children already know. Because all children develop at different rates and have unique interests and abilities, the major goal will be to promote individual development and provide students with a solid base of experiential learning. Children will learn through cooperative interaction with adults and other children. The preschool will provide students with a strong sense of self-esteem, and will stimulate students’ excitement and curiosity about learning.
- To promote students’ socio-emotional, physical, cognitive, language, and creative development, as well as prepare students for success in school
- To implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum, that promotes exploration, making choices, and meets the individual needs of each student
- To build a strong home/school partnership and empower parents to participate in their children’s education through volunteering, advisory council meetings, parent education, etc.
- To serve the whole child by meeting their educational, social, and emotional needs
- To provide increased opportunities for local health screenings and immunizations and promote the development of good health with students and parents
- To develop creativity, problem solving, and more complex thinking skills in all areas of the curriculum
- To help children learn how to handle their own emotions and consider the feelings of others
- To maintain the outdoor physical environment and to provide more access to a variety of equipment which reflects the ages and levels of motor development, accommodates the special needs of children, and promotes safety for all students