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 three or four years old by September 1, 2019 and live within the District boundaries have priority for enrollment for the 2019-20 school year. 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 Tustin Unfied School District.   Families living outside of TUSD boundaries will be enrolled after all priority families have been served.  ***NOTE:  Children with IEPs may be accepted into our program, regardless of income, after all qualified children are accepted.

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 two fee-based classes for the 2019-20 school year.  Heritage Elementary school will offer a half-day preschool class and Myford Elementary will offer a full-day preschool class.  These classes 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 in the half-day programs.

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 2019-20 school year will be available starting February 11. Preschool sessions for 2019-20 will begin Thursday, August 15, 2019 and continue through Wednesday, May 27, 2020. 

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
Christy Craig
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
Alyssa Quevedo
Preschool Educator, Thorman Elementary
Ana Torres
Preschool Educator, Veeh Elementary
Veronica Jimenez Fernandez
Preschool Educator, Roving