• There is no better place to learn than in Fontana Unified School District schools.  Our Early Education Department offers a variety of Early Education Programs.

    Online Resources:

    Infant/Toddler Care

    Early Head Start Infant/Toddler Child Care Center Locations:

    • Tinker Tots (6 Weeks to 2 Years Old)
      District Office, Building #39
      7:30 am - 4:30 pm
    • Gateway (2 to 3 Year Olds)
      District Office, Building #40
      7:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Program Highlights:

    • A comprehensive child development program focusing on health, nutrition, social services and educational needs
    • Staff trained in principles and practices in Early Childhood Education.
    • California Child Care Food Program
    • Child-Centered Curriculum
    • Parent Education activities provided

    Who Can be in the Program?

    • Parents who are working.
    • Parents who are attending to school.
    • Parents who are seeking employment.
    • Parents participating in a vocational or educational program.

    How Much Does it Cost?

    The infant/toddler care centers are funded by a State General Childcare and Early Head Start grant, and free to eligible families.

    Documentation Required:

    • Verification of Income
    • Proof of Address
    • Parent's Identification Card
    • Parent's School Schedule
    • Employment Verification
    • Child's Birth Certificate
    • Child's Immunization Record
    • Medi-Cal Numbers (if applies)

    Contact Fontana Unified School District Early Education Department (909) 357-7600,  ext. 29094, or San Bernardino County Preschool Services Division at (909) 428-7045.

    State Preschool

    State Preschool Program Overview Orientation - English

    State Preschool Program Overview Orientation - Spanish

    Program Highlights:

    • A comprehensive early education program focusing on physical, cognitive and social-emotional growth of the child.
    • Emphasis on language and literacy, emergent mathematical and scientific thinking.
    • Child-centered curriculum
    • Parent Education Activities
    • Availability of counselors and nursing services
    • Breakfast or lunch provided daily

    Ages Of Children:

    The State Preschool Program is available to all eligible 3 to 5 year olds. Children must be toilet trained. First Priority is given to children who will be age 4 by December 2. Families with lowest per capita income shall be admitted first. Second Priority is given to children who are 3 years of age.

    Enrollments are done at District Enrollment Services (located at 9548 Citrus Avenue, Bldg. A in Fontana - across the street from Fontana High School), Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Application forms are available at all Fontana elementary school sites.

    What are the Goals of the Program?

    • Promote self-esteem by exposing children to a multicultural curriculum.
    • Enhance the child's physical, social, cognitive and emotional development.
    • Develop creativity and self-expression.
    • Develop independence by allowing children to make their own choices.
    • Encourage problem solving by providing a variety of learning experiences.

    Your Child Will:

    • Learn to share and get along with other children.
    • Learn to follow directions.
    • Acquire language experiences through stories, art, music, and drama.
    • Acquire math concepts through counting, measuring, waterplay, and grouping.
    • Acquire science and social studies concepts through experiments and art.


    The State Preschool Program is funded by a state grant. The grant requires the district to prioritize family needs according to income. The program is free to eligible families.

    Documentation Required:

    • Proof of Family Income
    • Proof of Family Address
    • Child's Immunization Record
    • Child's Physical
    • Child's Birth Certificate
    • Child's Medi-Cal number (if applicable)
    • Preschool Enrollment Packet 2019-20

    Immunization Requirements for Preschool Students:

    Type Requirement
    Polio 3 doses required
    DTP 4 doses required
    MMR 1 dose on or after first birthday IS REQUIRED
    1 HIB 1 HIB on or after the first IS REQUIRED, regardless of any HIB doses given before the first birthday until 4 1/2 years old
    HEP B 3 doses required
    Varicela 1 dose required/unless child has had verified disease

    Preschool Volunteer Requirements: