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Early Learning

FRESNO EARLY LEARNING MISSION: To ensure all children in Fresno Unified School District have an equitable start for college, career, and life readiness, the Early Learning Department provides nurturing, child-centered environments and high-quality educational programs that value and respect the needs, languages, and cultures of all students, families, staff, and community to ensure all children an equitable start to being college, career, and life ready.


  • 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 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.


Deanna Mathies, Executive Officer, Early Learning

Maria CebalosTapia, Program Manager, Starting Smart and Strong

Laura Mitchell, Program Manager, Early Learning Centers

Katy Madden, Program Manager, Prekindergarten

Erica Ayala, Program Manager, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten


Enrollment for 2018-19 School Year


Fresno Unified is enrolling students for pre-kindergarten/preschool for the 2018-19 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, 2018 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 March 26, 2018. 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 (March 26, 2018 – September 14, 2018)
  1. Bring the completed enrollment packet and the required documentation to your scheduled meeting located at: 

        Parent University (March 26, 2018 – September 14, 2018)
        850 N. Blackstone Ave Fresno, CA 93701
        (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.
      • Teen Parent Program: Offer early care and education for the children 6 weeks through 3 years old  to allow their parent to continue their education.
  • 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.


  •  For additional information or to enroll please call:

  • Early Learning Department
    2348 Mariposa, Fresno, CA 93721
    Phone: (559) 457-3682
    Fax: (559) 457-3622​

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    Prek WAG 2017-18.pdf

    TK Tag 2018-2019.pdf

    Dual Immersion TK ELA Pacing Guide Overview 2017-2018.pdf





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