State Preschool

is a free program offered to families who meet the income and family size
criteria provided by the State of California.
Placement into a preschool class is based on family ranking,
not first come first served.
  • Turn four (4) years of age between December 3, 2019 and December 1, 2020 of the school year from August 12, 2020 to June 10, 2021
    • Your child's birth date must be between December 3, 2015 and December 1, 2016
    • Please note:  Children who turn three (3) years old by September 1, 2020 may also be eligible for preschool
  • Be completely toilet trained and be able to use the restroom without any adult assistance
  • Have a TB skin test negative reading given on or after August 12, 2019 and be current with all immunizations
  • Have a current physical examination report after the last birth date
  • Live within Central Unified School District
  • Be the responsible person in providing the care and welfare for the preschooler
  • Provide own transportation to and from school
    • Note:  Families with children receiving CPS services or are At-Risk are not required to qualify by income
Morning and afternoon classes are available 5 days per week at five preschool locations
  • Biola-Pershing Preschool
  • Central Demonstration Preschool
  • Herndon Barstow Preschool
  • Madison Preschool
  • Teague Preschool
There are 2 Steps to submit your application for State Preschool
All required documents must be submitted in either pdf or jpg format in order to process your application
Step 1 Gather the following documents and submit your New Student Enrollment Interest Application on the link below.
PROOF OF AGE ELIGIBILITY - Provide proof of child's birth record. 
Acceptable Proof of Birth Records
 Birth Certificate Hospital Print Out
 School or Medical Records
Child Custody Court Order
Adoption Documents  County Welfare Department   Records
Foster Care Placement Records  Other reliable documentation indicating the relationship of the child to the parent
PROOF OF IMMUNIZATION - Provide your child's immunization record along with a Tuberculosis skin test negative reading given on or after August 12, 2019.
PROOF OF RESIDENCE - The document MUST be in one of the parent's names and dated within 30 days.  See below for acceptable proof of residence documents.
If your family is living with someone:
  • Submit a copy of the homeowner's proof of residence in Step 1 and have the homeowner complete and sign the Declaration of Residency Under Penalty of Perjury to be submitted in STEP 2. 
If your family currently does not have a permanent residence:
  • Complete and sign the Self-Identification of Homelessness form  in STEP 2 only.  Proof of residence will not be required.
Acceptable Proof of Residence Documents
Utility Bill
(i.e. PG&E, City of Fresno)
Cable Bill
Home Phone Bill
Lease Agreement with current month receipt
Mortgage Statement Other reliable documentation for a service of the home
All required documents for both Steps 1 & 2 MUST be submitted in order to complete the registration process.  Please return to this web page after completing Step 1 to submit the Step 2 documents listed below.
Submit STEP 1
 Step 2 Complete the required forms listed below and submit along with your required documents to our office email with your child's name in the subject line.
ENROLLMENT APPLICATION - Download and complete the 2020-2021 CUSD State Preschool Enrollment Application form below
PROOF OF RESIDENCE - Part 2 - If the Proof of Residence provided in Step 1 is in the name of the person your family is living with, then you must submit a completed Declaration of Residency Under Penalty of Perjury form signed by the homeowner.
If your family currently does not have a permanent residence, then you must submit a completed and signed Self-Identification of Homelessness form.
PROOF OF INCOME - must be provided from each parent who is responsible for the care and welfare needs of the family. 
Please review and submit the documents and/or forms pertaining to
ALL of your family's source of income as noted in
the Required Documents for Proof of Income listed below
Below are the forms, if required according to your family's source of income
PROOF OF PHYSICAL - A current physical examination report given within the past year must be provided.  If you do not have a copy from the doctor, please have your child's doctor complete the Physician's Report
  • Please note, a current physical report must be provided on a yearly basis to continue enrollment.
CHILD'S PREADMISSION HEALTH HISTORY - This form must be completed by the parent and provides general information of your child's development and health.
PROOF OF FAMILY SIZE - Proof of birth records must be provided for ALL of your children counted in the family size living in the home who are 18 and under and were listed on the Enrollment Application. The same birth record documentation requirements apply as was listed for your preschool child.
  • Driver's License/IDs - Provide a copy of each parent(s)/guardian(s) enrolling the preschool child
  • Court Documents - Provide a complete copy of any court documents you may have pertaining to your preschool child
  • IEP Document - Provide a copy if your child has an Individualized Educational Program (IEP)
  • Caregiver Affidavit - If the child is a Foster Child and/or in Guardianship and you do not have a Foster Parent's Agreement (SOC 156) and/or a court order Appointing Guardianship, then you must submit obtain a Caregiver Affidavit from the Student Support Services Department at the Central Unified School District Office, 5652 W. Gettysburg, Room 13.  Please call 274-4700 ext 63138 for any questions regarding the Caregiver Affidavit.
All required documents listed in both STEPS 1 & 2 MUST be submitted with the application per California State Preschool Requirements. If you are missing documents, you will be notified of the documents needed and your application will be placed on hold.
Once all documents are received. You will be notified of the status of your application within 30 days.  If we are able to place your child into a class, we will contact you to schedule an appointment to complete the registration process.
If you have additional questions about the application process, our program, or status of your application, please contact us at
Wendy Hernandez
Preschool and Early Literacy
(559) 274-4700 ext 63201
Sophia Fernandez
Home Based Educator
(559) 274-4700 ext 63199
Martha Pagán
Administrative Secretary
(559) 274-4700 ext 63197