San Mateo-Foster City School District is proud to offer preschool programs located at public elementary schools.
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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.
Fee based Preschool Programs
Families that pay the monthly tuition are eligible to participate in these preschool classrooms.
Enrollment Information for Fee Based Programs
Please see the Fee Based Preschool Enrollment page for more information regarding the 2021-2022 school year.
Montessori Preschool Programs
North Shoreview and Parkside Montessori Preschool Programs offer a Montessori curriculum and optional extended care. North Shoreview 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 offers a curriculum introducing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math; located at George Hall Elementary School; 130 San Miguel Way, San Mateo. Helping Hands has a reduced tuition and enrollment is limited to 8 "general ed" students.
Language Immersion Preschool Programs
Mandarin Immersion offers a Mandarin Immersion Program; 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.
For more information call (650) 312-7343 or email (Preschool Department)
STATE LAW SB 792
Effective September 1, 2016 day care centers and preschools are required to maintain vaccination records for influenza, pertussis, measles and TB for their employees and “volunteers” working with the children. Community Care Licensing recently clarified that any parent interacting or engaging with their child or another child in a preschool classroom is considered a “volunteer.” Therefore, effective August 15, 2017 any parent who wishes to enter a preschool classroom will be required to provide documentation of influenza, pertussis, measles and TB. Parents will not be required to provide immunization documentation if they drop-off and pick-up their children outside of the classroom.
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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 3 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, North Shoreview, Parkside and Turnbull Child Development Center.
Full day childcare program for 4 years old to enrollment in kindergarten is located at Turnbull Child Development Center. These classrooms are open all day for 243 days per year.
School and non-school day childcare programs for kindergarten children, located at Turnbull Child Development Center, are open 243 days per year.
For more information please visit our State Subsidized Preschool Page, or call (650) 312-7766.