Kindergarten Readiness

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 preschool children living within the Tustin Unified School District Boundaries. The Kindergarten Readiness Academy classes, located on the campuses of Beswick, Estock, Heideman, Heritage (STEAM preschool program), Nelson, Thorman, and Veeh Elementary schools are the only preschools in the Tustin area that are run and operated by Tustin Unified School District.

Children who turn four years old by September 1 of the current school year and live within the District boundaries have priority for enrollment. Children turning four years old between September 2 - March 30 can enroll after all qualified four year old students 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 services.

Priority for admission is given to families that income qualify for the program and live within the attendance boundaries of the seven site campuses. Families living outside of the seven school boundaries will be enrolled after all priority families have been served.

The Kindergarten Readiness office staff will assist families in determining if they qualify for State subsidized services. However, if you do not qualify, Tustin Unified School District will offer one fee-based class at Heritage Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year. This class will give families whose income is over the state guidelines for State Preschool the opportunity to participate in a quality 5-star preschool program that is run and operated by TUSD. If you are interested in this program, please call the Kindergarten Readiness office for more information.

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 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Enrollment applications for the 2018-19 school year are currently being accepted. Preschool sessions for 2018-19 will begin Thursday, August 16, 2018 and continue through Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The Kindergarten Readiness office will reopen after summer break on July 24, 2018.

For more information, call (714) 730-7592.

Kindergarten Readiness Staff

The Kindergarten Readiness staff is available to assist families with enrollment and to provide any information that will aid in the success of their child's education. Our office is open Monday - Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your child's educational program or to assist you in locating resources within the community.

Lauralee Cabibi
School Readiness Coordinator
(714) 730-7592, ext. 401
Emily Daniel
Preschool Specialist
(714) 730-7592, ext. 404
Dora Palomo
Kindergarten Readiness Outreach Specialist
(714) 730-7592, ext. 402
Johanna Piedra
Attendance Clerk
(714) 730-7592, ext. 403
Michelle Ollada-Alipio
School Readiness Nurse
(714) 730-7592, ext. 405
Dawn McRitchie
School Readiness Nurse
(714) 730-7592, ext 406

Christina Ramirez
Community Liaison
(714) 730-7592, ext 419

Diana Maldonado
Preschool Educator, Beswick Elementary
Cathy Modicamore
Preschool Educator, Estock Elementary
Gladys Aguilar
Preschool Educator, Heideman Elementary
Paloma Fonseca
Preschool Educator, Heritage Elementary
Jessica Torres
Preschool Educator, Nelson Elementary
Monique Martinez
Preschool Educator, Thorman Elementary
Alyssa Quevedo
Preschool Educator, Thorman Elementary
Ana Torres
Preschool Educator, Veeh Elementary
Preschool Educator, Roving