Kindergarten Readiness Program
Through grants from the Children and Families Commission of Orange County and the California Department of Education, Tustin Unified School District offers a half-day Kindergarten Readiness program for four-year-old children living within the Tustin Unified School District Boundaries. The Kindergarten Readiness Academy classes, located on the campuses of Beswick, Estock, Heideman, Lambert, Thorman, and Veeh Elementary schools are the only preschools in theTustin area that are run and operated by Tustin Unified School District.
Children turning four years old by September 1 of the current school year and live within the District boundaries have priority for enrollment. Children turning four year old between September 2 - March 2 can enroll after all qualified four year olds have been enrolled. In order for a child to attend preschool, families must qualify based on family size and income. Classes for students are free for those families who meet the State's income guidelines. There are no fees for State Preschool this year. Tustin Unified School District does not have a fee-based preschool program.
Priority for admission is given to families that income qualify for the program and live within the attendance boundaries of the six site campuses. Families living outside of the six school boundaries will be enrolled after all priority families have been served.
The mission of the Kindergarten Readiness Academy is to provide developmentally appropriate activities to enhance each child’s intellectual, language, social-emotional, academic, and physical development and to prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills needed to be successful. The Kindergarten Readiness classes strive to provide each child with a program that is developmentally, linguistically and culturally appropriate, while giving them the academic skills they need to be successful in kindergarten.
The Kindergarten Readiness program operates ten (10) months a year and generally follows the district calendar. Classes are conducted five (5) days a week, Monday through Friday. Sessions are held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Enrollment packets are available at the Kindergarten Readiness program office located at Veeh Elementary School, 1701 San Juan St. (west of Red Hill Avenue) in Room 18. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.).
The preschool sessions for 2015-2016 will begin Friday, September 4 and continue through June 17.
Registration for the 2016-17 school year will begin March 14, 2016.
For more information, call (714) 730-7592.
- How Parents Can Help at Home
The Tustin Unified School District will host
two Kindergarten Roundup meetings for parents of incoming transitional
kindergarten (TK) and/or kindergarten students for the 2016-17 school
year. The meetings
will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 26 at Thorman Elementary School, 1402 Sycamore Ave, and Thursday, January 28 at Red Hill Elementary School,
11911 Red Hill Avenue.
The meetings will welcome families to TUSD and provide them with information
regarding transition to their elementary school. Parents will learn the
difference between TK and kindergarten, where to go to register, what
documentation is needed to register and what they can do at home to help
prepare their child for TK or kindergarten.
After the presentation, there will be a question and answer session for
families. Free childcare will be provided for children three years and
For more information, call the TUSD School Readiness Office at (714) 730-7592.