San Mateo-Foster City School District is proud to offer preschool programs located at public elementary schools.

San Mateo-Foster City School District Preschool Programs

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Early Childhood Mission Statement

The SMFCSD Child Development programs provide a nurturing, safe and stimulating educational environment for children. Each child is given the opportunity to grow and learn through positive experiences that foster social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.  We recognize and respect that each child brings to school a unique rate of development, a desire to learn and diverse language and cultural experiences.

Our programs are designed with consideration of the specific needs and differences of the children. Children are enrolled without regard to sex, race, religion, ethnicity or physical disability. Children may be enrolled in either our FEE BASED PRESCHOOL OR STATE SUBSIDIZED PRESCHOOL PROGRAM.

 All children must be fully potty trained prior to attending our preschool program. Diapers and pull-ups are not allowed.

Preschool Tours are no Longer Available at this Time.

Fee based Preschool Programs

Families that pay the monthly tuition are eligible to participate in these preschool classrooms.

Montessori Preschool Programs

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North Shoreview & Parkside offer a Montessori curriculum and optional extended care. North Shoreview Music and Art Magnet School is located at 1301 Cypress Avenue, San Mateo. Parkside Elementary School is located at 1685 Eisenhower Street, San Mateo.

Development Preschool Programs

San Mateo Park offers a developmental curriculum; located at San Mateo Park Math and Science Magnet School; 161 Clark Drive, San Mateo.

Helping Hands Building STEAM offers a curriculum introducing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math; located at Parkside Elementary School; 1685 Eisenhower St., San Mateo.

Language Immersion Preschool Programs

Mandarin Immersion offers a Mandarin immersion with morning and extended care classes; located at Turnbull Child Development Center; 715B Indian Avenue, San Mateo.

Spanish Immersion offers a Spanish immersion program; located at Fiesta Gardens International School; 1001 Bermuda Drive, San Mateo. 

Enrollment /Tuition Information and Application

The 2015-2016 Application period has ended.  2016-2017 enrollment information will be available in October 2015.

For more information call (650) 312-7343 or email Chris Fontana.

State Subsidized Preschool Programs

Families are eligible for participation as determined during a confidential certification interview. Each family who qualifies for services must be recertified annually in order to continue in the program.  Children are enrolled based on family eligibility (preschool and childcare programs) and need (childcare program only).

  • Eligibility is determined by income, homelessness, CPS, At-Risk and/or CalWorks. Monthly income must be at or below 70% of the state median income, adjusted for family size. Lowest income families are served first.
  • Need is determined by employment, CPS, At-Risk, education or training, seeking employment, incapacity, homelessness.

Half day preschool program, Parent Involvement Project (PIP), for 4 year old children follows the K-5 school site calendar and are open 180 days per year. Preschools are located at Fiesta Gardens, George Hall, LEAD, and Turnbull Child Development Center.

Full day childcare program for 2.9 years olds to enrollment in kindergarten is located at Turnbull Child Development Center. These classrooms are open all day for 244 days per year.

School and non-school day childcare programs for kindergarten children, located at Turnbull Child Development Center, are open 244 days per year.

Enrollment Information

"Enrollment Procedures" for State Subsidized programs are available in English or Español.

State Subsidized preschool application in English; Solicitud en Español.

For more information call (650) 312-7766.