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San Carlos School District Preschool is built on the principle that children learn best through play! In our rich, developmentally appropriate environment, positive self-identities and proactive communication skills develop through hands-on experiences. As children engage in multi-sensory activities they are involved in experiences which build awareness of varied viewpoints. Children are encouraged to explore, invent, and discover ways to create their own unique understanding of the world. We value family traditions and family involvement in the ongoing education of young children. We believe in building a strong community through mutual respect, cooperation, understanding, and open communication.


We follow Developmentally Appropriate Practice, which is a guideline for educators designed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It is a guideline for maintaining a high quality program. The basics of these guidelines are as follows:

  • Curriculum is based on knowledge of how children learn.
  • Activities and learning experiences reflect concepts and ideas that are relevant to the child’s world.
  • Teachers understand the sequence of development, and that children develop at their own, unique rate.
  • Individual and cultural variation is celebrated.
  • Teachers provide many opportunities for children to work in small groups to practice problem solving.
  • Teachers provide opportunities for children to choose their own activities from varied learning areas based on program goals and information teachers have collected about each child.


We will begin accepting pre-registration forms for the 2019-2020 preschool year starting October 1, 2018. If you are interested in applying please fill out the Pre-Registration form associated with your Home School. Only one pre-registration form may be submitted. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019.

Heather Preschool, 2757 Melendy Drive, San Carlos, CA 94070, 650-654-7646

Brittan Acres Preschool, 2000 Belle Avenue, San Carlos, CA 94070

Ducklings 650-508-7330, Hummingbirds 650-597-1329

White Oaks Preschool, 1901 White Oak Way, San Carlos, CA 94070,

Room D Butterflies 650-597-1499, Room E Honey Bees 650-632-8090

Arundel Preschool, 200 Arundel Road, San Carlos, CA, 94070

Penguins 650-832-4679, Turtles 650-832-4678

If you have any questions, please email Sue Dawley.


In the event that we have more applicants than we have spaces for, we will hold a lottery to determine preschool placement. We will begin notifying families shortly thereafter. Applicants will be notified by March 6, 2019, based on the results of the lottery.


ARUNDEL PRESCHOOL: Friday, October 19, Thursday, November 15, Wednesday, January 16. All tours are from 9:00-9:30. Meet at Arundel Elementary School, outside Room 15 at 9:00 a.m.

BRITTAN ACRES PRESCHOOL: Tuesday, October 16, Wednesday, November 7, Friday, January 11. All tours are from 9:00-9:30. Meet at Brittan Acres Elementary school in preschool yard at 9:00 a.m.

HEATHER PRESCHOOL: Monday, October 22, Tuesday, November 27, Wednesday, January 9. All tours are from 9:00-9:30. Meet at Heather Elementary School in the preschool yard at 9:00 a.m.

WHITE OAKS PRESCHOOL: Wednesday, October 24, Friday, November 30, Monday, January 14. All tours are from 9:00-9:30. Meet at White Oaks Elementary School in the preschool yard at 9:00 a.m.

General questions about tours email Sue Dawley at:

If you missed the tour dates above, please contact Sue Dawley at to schedule a tour.


Parent Handbook 2018-19

Preschool Holiday Schedule 2018-19

HE AM Holiday Schedule 2018-19 

SCSD Preschool Tuition

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