La Mesa-Spring Valley Early Childhood Education Office
4811 Glen Street
La Mesa, CA 91941
(619) 771-6082
FAX (619) 668-8368

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Director, Early Childhood Education
Charmaine Lawson

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Administrative Assistant
Eva Munoz

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For Questions Regarding SmartSteps Payment:
Sandra Ward
(619) 668-5700 x6475


Thank you for your interest in the La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools Preschool Program. Attending preschool prior to kindergarten gives students a tremendous advantage. We offer a balanced preschool program that supports all children to achieve social, emotional, and academic success.  We provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn, grow, and explore with the expectations of:

  • We are respectful
  • We are kind and friendly
  • We are safe and healthy

We focus on developing early language and literacy skills, cognitive, self-help, social, emotional, and physical growth.  Teachers provide a variety of activities to effectively guide learning that are both fun and hands-on as well as provide experiences that develop the knowledge and skills our youngest learners need before entering kindergarten.  Active, playful exploration, and experimentation is encouraged and intentional opportunities are planned throughout the preschool day.

The curriculum is balanced between teacher and child initiated learning activities which accommodate a wide range of abilities and learning styles.  Curriculum in our preschool is based on California Preschool Curriculum Framework and teaches the Preschool Learning Foundations.  We work with families to ensure a positive educational experience for both you and your child.

La Mesa Spring Valley Schools offers part-day (8:30-11:30 am) preschool opportunities to 3 and 4 year old children in both State Preschool (qualifying families) and SmartSteps (fee-based) programs. 

Programs are licensed through the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing and adhere to all quality standards required by the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division. 

Students must be able to toilet independently to enroll in LMSV Preschool.

2022-2023 Preschool Enrollment

If you are interested in enrolling for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year, please contact the Early Childhood Education Office at 619-771-6082.

2023-2024 Preschool Enrollment

State Funded Preschool

La Mesa-Spring Valley School District offers State Funded Preschool at Avondale, Bancroft, Kempton Street Literacy Academy, La Mesa Dale, La Presa, Maryland Avenue, Rancho, and Sweetwater Springs Elementary Schools.  State Funded preschool is free for qualifying families.  Children are enrolled based on income and other eligibility criteria according to the priority established and monitored by the State of California.  Students attend class 5-days a week from 8:30-11:30 am.

Smartsteps Fee-Based Preschool

La Mesa Spring Valley School District offers SmartSteps, a fee-based, part-day, preschool program for families that do not qualify for State Funded Preschool.

Enrollment can be for part-week or five days a week.

Non Refundable Registration Fee $70
2-day program
Tuesday / Thursday
8:30 – 11:30 am$60 per weekFletcher Hills Elementary
3-day program
Monday / Wednesday / Friday
8:30 – 11:30 am$80 per weekFletcher Hills Elementary
5-day program
Monday – Friday
8:30 – 11:30 am$120 per weekAvondale, Bancroft, Kempton Street Literacy Academy, La Mesa Dale, La Presa, Maryland Avenue, Rancho, and Sweetwater Springs Elementary 

Enrollment Information

Preschool enrollment for the 2023 – 2024 school year begins on March 1. Online enrollment does not apply to preschool. All preschool registration is completed through the Early Childhood Education Center.

Families can complete the interest survey and receive a call from the Early Childhood Education Center to answer any questions or submit their interest in preschool.

Registration materials can also be downloaded from the Related Links or picked up at the:
Early Childhood Education Center
4811 Glen Street
La Mesa, CA 91941

For questions or additional information, call (619) 771-6082.

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  • Exemplary Staff Dedicated to Educating, Supporting, and Nurturing ALL Children
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    • Arts and Music Education
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    • Online, Home School, and Blended Learning Programs
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