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Early Learning

​​FRESNO EARLY LEARNING MISSION: The Fresno Unified School District Early Learning Department is committed to ensuring all children have an equitable start for college, career, and life readiness.  This is accomplished by providing nurturing, child-centered environments and high-quality educational programs that value and respect the language, culture, and needs of all students, families, staff, and communities.


  • Every child develops (socially, emotionally, cognitively, linguistically, and physically) at an individual rate, possesses unique characteristics, and exhibits an array of talents and interests regardless of family background, culture, special need, experience, or ability. Collecting and interpreting data through ongoing authentic assessment is fundamental to understanding a child's developmental and learning accomplishments and needs. 
  • Purposeful play is an essential vehicle for developing self-regulation as well as for promoting language, cognition, social competence, and critical thinking skills.
  • Social, emotional, and cognitive development (including executive functioning) is foundational to academic learning.
  • Effective early literacy instruction provides children with developmentally appropriate settings, materials, experiences, and social support encouraging oral language and early forms of reading and writing to develop into conventional literacy.
  • The quality of the teacher-child relationship serves as a critical role in social and emotional development and has the potential to exert a positive or negative influence on children's ability to succeed in school.
  • Meaningful family engagement in children's early development and learning supports school readiness and later academic success.


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All Enrollment for 2020-21 School Year will be Facilitated at the 

Early Learning Enrollment Center located at McLane High School


Fresno Unified is enrolling students for pre-kindergarten/preschool for the 2020-21 school year.  All families with children who are 4 years old by December 2 and live within the Fresno Unified School District boundary are encouraged to apply. Families with children who are 3 years old by September 1, 2020, can also contact us about the 3-year-old programs at  Addams, Birney, Calwa, Duncan, Mayfair, Olmos, Turner, Vinland, Winchell and Wolters. 

Enrollment packets for the preschool programs are available at all elementary school sites and on the district website.  Enrollment packets can be downloaded from Also located on the Pre-Kindergarten tab under Quick Links. We will begin accepting completed enrollment packets starting April 1, 2020. Interested families are encouraged to complete the enrollment process:

Step 1-Complete the enrollment packet

  • The enrollment packet is available at all elementary school sites.
  • Please review all program requirements and complete the packet in advance as much as possible.

    Step 2-Schedule an appointment to turn in the enrollment packet
  • Call (559) 457-3416 to schedule your appointment with an enrollment specialist.
  • Gather all the required documentation.  Please see the checklist on the enrollment form.
  • If you have missing documents your enrollment packet will be not be accepted.

    Step 3-Meet with an enrollment specialist beginning April 1
  1. Bring the completed enrollment packet and the required documentation to your scheduled meeting located at: 

        Early Learning Department Enrollment Center at McLane High School
        2727 N. Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93703
        (559) 457-3416

    Also Available:
  • Dual-Immersion prekindergarten classes with instruction in Spanish are available at Ewing, Leavenworth, Sunset, and Wawona. For these programs, Lottery is held by the Transfers office. Dual-Immersion programs are now open for these neighborhood schools; Burroughs, Calwa, Centennial, Lane, Roeding, Rowell, Vang Pao (Hmong), and Williams.

Early Learning Programs available:

  • Early Learning Centers: Offer full-day programs for children ages 6 weeks (Early Learning Center only) through 8 years old. Locations: Heaton Elementary, Martin Luther King Elementary, Webster Elementary, Scandinavian Middle School, and the Early Learning Center.
      • Student Parent Support Program: Offers early care and education for the children 6 weeks through 3 years old to allow their parent to continue their education.
  •  For additional information about Preschool programs, please call:

  • Early Learning Department
    2348 Mariposa, Fresno, CA 93721
    Phone: (559) 457-3416
    Fax: (559) 457-3419 

    To enroll in Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten, inquire at your school site:   
    • Transitional Kindergarten (TK): First of a two-year kindergarten program, available at most elementary school sites, for children turning 5 between September 2 - December 2.
    • Kindergarten: For 5-year-old students.  Students must turn 5 by September 1.


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