State Preschool

GUSD State Preschool Information Night 

The in-person State Preschool Information Night will take place in the GUSD Board Room located at 401 N. Fairview Avenue on May 16th at 5:30 pm (English) and 6:00 pm (Spanish).

View the Preschool Enrollment Information Flyer (CLICK HERE) ( Spanish)

The following information will help us prioritize enrollment as required by the state of California. Upon completion of this form, you will be contacted in order of priority by June 16, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Guzmán at (805) 681-1200 x2228.

Survey Link: 23.24 Pre-Enrollment Survey 


State Preschool Program 


The State Preschool Program is an income-eligible program for three and four-year-old children. 

Families meeting the state Department of Education/Child Development Division income guidelines will qualify for the program (there are no tuition fees associated with this program).

Our half-day preschool program is offered to families residing in the Goleta Union School District boundaries. All our facilities are licensed through Community Care Licensing and have been rated as a 4 or 5 in the Quality Rating Information System (QRIS) through the state of California.

All preschool classrooms are staffed with a qualified teacher and at least two paraeducators. We provide a curriculum rich with developmentally appropriate instructional materials that works on school readiness skills. Children are instructed in small and large groups as well as encouraged to initiate their own learning while receiving guidance and support from nurturing staff members.


For 2023 - 2024 School Year:

Children who will turn 5 between September 2, 2023, and April 2, 2024, are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten (TK). If your child is TK eligible and you are interested in a longer school day at your child’s home school site, please enroll for TK by accessing the online registration link at or reaching out to your home attendance area school.

For the 2023-2024 school year, the three State Preschool sites are: Ellwood, La Patera, and Hollister. Each site offers part-day programs, 8:15-12:00 p.m. (Hollister and La Patera) or 8:20-12:05 p.m. (Ellwood). 

Please note: Bus transportation is not provided unless a child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) requires it. 




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