The Santa Barbara Unified School District has 18 half day preschool classrooms, most of which are located on elementary school campuses. Each classroom is licensed by the state of California, Department of Social Services/Community Care Licensing Division.
The half day preschools operate for three hours in the morning or three hours in the afternoon. Families must meet the state Department of Education/Child Development Division income guidelines in order to qualify for the program. Most half day preschools follow the school district’s calendar and thus operate approximately nine months each year. We offer a few year-round preschool programs that operate 245 days. Priority is given to four-year-olds.
All preschool classrooms are staffed with a qualified teacher and an instructional assistant and provide a curriculum rich with developmentally appropriate instructional materials. Children are instructed in small and large groups as well as encouraged to initiate their own learning while receiving guidance and support from nurturing staff members. All preschools are licensed by the state of California, Department of Social Services/Community Care Licensing Division.