Preschool and Prekindergarten


    Community Education offers general education preschool and prekindergarten programs for children age 3-5.

    We believe that all children can learn and our program provides quality child development services designed to meet and exceed the individual needs of children through an effective partnership with the staff, parents/guardians, and community.  Options are available for half day mornings or afternoons, as well as full day.  Extended care is offered at three of our locations that are housed on high school campuses.  Hours for class vary by site.

     Online registration is coming for the 2018-2019 school year! 

    Find out more here.


    All classes are held Monday through Friday. Times subject to change.

    Registration for 2018-19 will transition to an online registration process.
    Registration for 2017-18 is ongoing.  Note that each year requires a separate registration and all registration is done in person at the DVUSD District Office, 20402 N. 15th Avenue in Phoenix (map), from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is recommended that you call first for class availability in the program of your choice, as some classrooms have reached capacity. (Summer hours of Monday through Thursday are observed in June and July.) 
    Employees of DVUSD who are the parents or legal guardians of students are eligible for an employee discount; the registration paperwork must reflect that the employee is the legal guardian. Substitutes must work at least 60 hours per month in the district, and provide ongoing evidence of hours, to be eligible for the employee discount.

    Kids Playing Registration forms may be picked up in advance in the reception area of the District Office or downloaded here: 

                        2017-18 Preschool Registration Packet


    The registration packet must be completed in its entirety and submitted along with one full month’s tuition plus the $40 registration fee, both of which are non-refundable (exact change required), at which time you will be issued a parent handbook. The balance of payments are then due on the 1st of the month, September through May. (Your registration includes an agreement signed by you stating you will read and adhere to the policies and procedures as outlined in this handbook.)  Parent Handbook available here for 2016-17.  You are considered registered once these requirements are met.  New registrations are subject to a three-business day waiting/processing period before attendance in the program once the registration has been completed.  This includes all new registrations received the week prior to school starting, and throughout the school year. 

    If you prefer, you may complete the forms at the District Office when you come to register. You will need to bring the following:

    • Complete emergency information, including full names and telephone number for:
      • Healthcare Provider
      • A minimum of two emergency contacts other than the parents.  In the event you can not provide two emergency contacts, AZ Child Protective Services and the local Police Department will be used as your emergency contacts
    • A photocopy of your child’s immunization record
    • A photocopy of your child's birth certificate
    • Custody papers, if applicable 

    Tuition and Fees

    • $40 non-refundable registration fee per child
    • General Education Preschool and Prekindergarten
      • $255* per month tuition for half day, morning or afternoon
      • $540* per month tuition for full day
      • $100 per month A.M. extended care, available at high school sites
      • $100 per month P.M. extended care, available at high school sites
      • $100 per month extended mid-day, through lunch, meal not included
    • All Programs
    • $25 fee for each change made to enrollment after registration
    • 10% multiple child discount (on second child) in a Community Education Preschool program
    • 10% DVUSD employee discount (only one discount may be applied)
    • $15 late payment fee $15 plus $1 per minute for late pick-up
    *Tuition rates are based on an annual fee of $2,550 for half day or $5,400 for full day, payable in ten equal installments.  Short months are not pro-rated, and missed days are not credited.  One full month plus the registration fee is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable.  The balance of payments are due the 1st of the month, September through May.  A payment coupon book is part of your welcome packet or you may download coupon book here for 2017-18.
    A limited number of scholarships may be awarded through the Quality First Scholarships Program in June for the 2017-18 school year.   For more information, including locations and availability, please contact 623.445.4923 after June 1; for application and qualifications please visit  Your scholarship application and all supporting document must be submitted with the registration packet.

    Age and Readiness Requirements for Preschool and Prekindergarten

    Kids in Tent All children must be potty trained prior to enrolling.  Preschool is for children age 3 as of the first day of school.  Prekindergarten is for children age 4 as of August 31st.  Children reaching their 3rd birthday after the start of school, and not later than August 31st, may attend upon turning 3.  Children turning age 3 or 4 on or after September 1st and before January 1st will be subject to assessment once they have reached qualifying age, and prior to entering a program.  A child assessed into a 3-year old program can return to a 3-year old program the next year; they will not be eligible for a 4-year old program.  A child who is assessed early into Preschool/PreK is not automatically eligible for early entry into Kindergarten. Please visit for information on early entry Kindergarten.  All other eligibility requirements must be met as well. 

    A combination Preschool/Pre-K program for 3-5 year olds is offered at Arrowhead, Boulder Creek HS, Desert Mountain, Mirage, and Paseo Hills.  Greenbrier Elementary, Mountain Ridge HS and Sandra Day O’Connor HS all offer separate Preschool and Prekindergarten classes for half or full day.  All other locations are PreK.

    All Community Education programs are solely funded through the tuition fees and therefore, are subject to minimum enrollment and may be cancelled if this is not met.

    Philosophy and Goals
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    A child is a unique individual. Our preschools provide a play-based environment, which promotes the physical, mental, social, emotional, and creative development of each child. We encourage children to express their individuality by offering developmentally appropriate experiences that:

    • Encourage self-esteem and self-reliance
    • Develop an interest and joy in learning
    • Enhance communication skills
    • Support concept development
    • Develop fine and gross motor skills
    • Develop self control and responsibility
    • Encourage appropriate interactions with fellow preschoolers and adults
    • Teach problem solving and decision making skills
    • Encourage the child to have concern for others
    • Emphasize the cultural values and individual backgrounds of the home and family

    We believe that young children are our most valuable resource for the future. We encourage active learning with opportunities for self esteem, enhancement, discovery and decision making in preparation for a successful transition into kindergarten.

    Our programs assist children 3, 4, & 5 years old to grow academically, intellectually, socially and emotionally. They are designed to promote enjoyment through work and play, refine gross and fine motor skills, promote physical coordination and encourage creativity and development. Hours of operation vary by location.



    Contact Community Education by email or call the following Account Representatives:

    Preschool/Prekindergarten Location     
     Account Representative to
    Contact for Service
    Diamond Canyon
    Mountain Ridge HS
    Boulder Creek HS
    Desert Mountain
    Paseo Hills
    Sandra Day O'Connor HS
    Copper Creek
    Legend Springs
    Sonoran Foothills
    Sunset Ridge

     *In accordance with Arizona Department of Health Services licensing requirements, and for the safety of your child, all addresses must be complete with street (No PO boxes), city, state, ZIP code and local telephone numbers.  This includes parents or guardians, employer, doctor, hospital and a minimum of two emergency contacts other than the parents or guardians.  In the event of an emergency, physical addresses must be available for authorities to go to if unable to reach someone by phone