Attending preschool prior to kindergarten gives students a tremendous advantage. La Mesa Spring Valley Schools offers part-day (8:30 am – 11:30 am) preschool opportunities to 3 and 4 year old children*. We provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn, grow and explore. Our preschool classes support each child’s individual academic, physical and social-emotional growth by providing developmentally appropriate lessons, materials, indoor and outdoor space, equipment, and guidelines for active play, movement and exploration that are healthy and safe.

Curriculum in our preschool is based on California Preschool Curriculum Framework and teaches the Preschool Learning Foundations. Hands-on, fun learning activities provide experiences that develop the knowledge and skills our youngest learners should know before entering kindergarten. Active, playful exploration and experimentation is encouraged and intentional opportunities are planned throughout the preschool day making our preschool program the best foundation for your child’s educational career.

The collaboration and partnership between school and home begins now. Experiences both in the home and at school are the foundation for continued academic and social success in years to follow. We encourage families to be involved in their child’s learning and volunteer throughout the school year.

*Children whose 5th birthday is between 9/2/2020 and 12/2/2020 are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten (TK), not preschool. Please visit LMSV’s TK website for information on Transitional Kindergarten. 
Students must be potty trained to enroll in LMSV Preschool.

State-Funded Preschool

LMSV State-Funded Preschool enrollment requires income and other eligibility criteria. Students must be or turn four years of age by December 1st of the current school year in order to enroll in our State Funded Preschool classes. Avondale Elementary, Bancroft Elementary, Kempton Street Literacy Academy, La Mesa Dale Elementary , La Presa Elementary, Rancho Elementary and Sweetwater Springs campuses are homes to our State Preschool classes. Students attend class 5-days a week from 8:30 am-11:30 am

Registration for our State-Funded Preschool Classes is completed at our Early Childhood Education Center located at 4811 Glen Street, La Mesa, CA 91941. For more information call 619-771-6082.

2021-2022 State Funded Preschool Registration Materials can be downloaded below or picked up at our Early Childhood Education Center on Thursdays between 9 am and 12 pm.

SmartSteps Fee-Based Preschool

La Mesa Spring Valley School District offers SmartSteps, a fee-based preschool program at two locations – Fletcher Hills Elementary (Community Care Licensing #376700416) and Maryland Avenue Elementary (Community Care Licensing #376700136). A child must be three years of age by August 1st of the current school year in order to attend SmartSteps.

2021-2022 SmartSteps Preschool Fees
Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $70

2-day program8:30am-11:30am$60 per week
3-day program8:30am-11:30am$80 per week
5-day program8:30am-11:30am$120 per week

Registration for our 2021-2022 SmartSteps Preschools is completed at the Early Childhood Education Center. Registration for 2021-2022 begins March 1, 2021.

2021-2022 SmartSteps Preschool Registration Materials (English)

2021-2022 SmartSteps Preschool Registration Materials (Spanish)

Contact Us:

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

Tracy Olander – Program Manager Early Childhood Education

Eva Munoz – Administrative Assistant

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

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