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Early Education Programs

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:

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