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CUSD Early Childhood Education

Capistrano Unified School District

Contact us: (949) 234-5341

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                                                        Due to school closures we are unable to respond to calls/voicemails. Please email for any inquiries.                    

Dr. Debra R. Keeler Ph.D., Director

Sandra Herrera, Staff Secretary / Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

Adriana Leon, BIOA / Fee and State-Funded Preschool Enrollment: Canyon Vista, Don Juan Avila, George White, Hidden Hills, Oak Grove, Wood Canyon

Andrea Muratalla, BIOA / Fee and State-Funded Preschool Enrollment: Concordia, Kinoshita, Las Palmas, Lobo, Malcom, Palisades, R.H. Dana, San Juan

Vania Hernandez, BIOA / Fee and State-Funded Preschool Enrollment: Bathgate, Bergeson, Castille, Chaparral, Esencia, Hankey, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Tijeras Creek, Viejo

Cheryl Nakano, Account Clerk II / Tuition 

Liz Watters M.Ed, Site Supervisor: Canyon Vista, Concordia, R.H. Dana, Esencia, Hidden Hills, Kinoshita, Las Palmas, Palisades, San Juan, Viejo, Wood Canyon

Victoria Chavez, M.Ed, Site Supervisor: Bathgate, Bergeson, Castille, Chaparral, Don Juan Avila, George White, Hankey, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Lobo, Malcom, Oak Grove, Tijeras Creek, Viejo

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Preschool 2020-2021

Please visit our State-Funded page (above)  for more information on how to enroll 

Fee-Based Preschool 

  • We are prioritizing our pre-enrolled student for our Full-Day preschool slots. Parents will be contacted by phone.
  • Parents that have pre-enrolled for Half-Day preschool slots are on hold until further notice due to COVID-19 (limited spaces available - ratio is 10:1).
  • We are holding a priority list for those that have paid their registration fee.
Parent Notice for Fee-Based Preschool

State Preschool/Preescolar Estatal

*Families must meet income eligibility or IEP (Individualized education plan)  requirements.*                   

*Para familias que califican y cumplen con los requisitos de elegibilidad de ingresos o IEP (plan de educación individual)* 

Income Eligibility Guidelines / Guia de ingresos de eligibilidad

NEW Income Eligibility Guidelines (Effective 7/1/2020) 

NUEVA Guia de ingresos de eligibilidad (empezando el 7/1/2020)


Preschool Office Hours
Monday  8:00 am - 4 pm
Tuesday  8:00 am - 10:30 am
12:30 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday  8:00 am - 4 pm
Thursday  8:00 am - 4 pm
Friday  8:00 am - 4 pm


Important State Funded Preschool Information 

Due to high demand of available  State Preschool openings for the 2020-2021 school year we will not be processing applications that are incomplete. If additional documentation or forms are needed applications will not be processed until all the paperwork is received. Complete applications will be processed and assigne a preschool spot first. Please use the front page checklist for verification of necessary documents and forms.

Información Importante del Preescolar Estatal 

Estimados padres,

Debido a la alta demanda de espacios disponibles en el Preescolar Estatal para el año escolar 2020-2021, no se procesaran aplicaciones incompletas. Si a su aplication le hace falta  documentación o formularios adicionales, su aplicaciones no será procesada hasta que se reciba todos los documentos necesarios. Las aplicaciones completas serán procesadas primero y se le otorgara un espacio en el salón primero. Por favor, siga la lista de verificación de la primera página para asegurarse que tenga todos los documentos y formularios necesarios.


Please click HERE for information, resources, and weekly Preschool presentations during COVID-19 school closures. 

QRIS Star Rating

All of our Early Childhood Programs classrooms have achieved a 4 or 5-star QRIS rating from the Orange County Department of Education.  This rating represents the highest quality assessment for our preschool programs.  Learn the specifics on these ratings and how they represent high quality at each of our school sites.

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About Us

CUSD is committed to providing a quality educational program which enhances the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of each child.

We believe that each family brings to the program values and diversity; therefore, we recognize the importance of forming a partnership with parents to create a positive experience for all children. 

 In our Parent Handbook for the fee-based and state-funded programs, you will find valuable information regarding the preschool program, our goals, and philosophy, as well as the roles and responsibilities of both parents and staff.

We provide this handbook to every family, recognizing that as parents you are the primary educators of your child.  It is essential that you take the time to read the contents so you will be informed about our program.

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