California State Preschool Program


Effective July 1, 2009, Assembly Bill No. 2759 consolidates funding for State Preschool and General Child Care contracts that currently provide services to eligible three-and four-year-old children in a center-based setting to create the California State Preschool Program, the largest state-funded preschool program in the nation.  The CSPP will have the flexibility of offering part-day services and full-day services depending on the need of the families.  All children must turn three or four years of age before the school district’s age cut off (currently September 1st ) of the fiscal year they are receiving services.

 Half-Day Program

The part day program operates ten (10) months annually starting in August and ending in May.  It is offered to children who are 3 to 4 years of age and whose families meet income eligibility requirements set forth by the California Department of Education. The program operates in two (2) sessions; a morning session from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and an afternoon session from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.  

Full-Day Program

The full day, full year program operates twelve (12) months, or 246 days, per year from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.  The program is designed for preschool aged children 3 to 4 years.   Part day preschool instruction is set from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday thru Friday.  Families who wish to extend their hours in this program must meet “need” eligibility set forth by Title 5 Regulations, as well as “income” eligibility guidelines set forth by the California Department of Education. Typically services are at no cost to participating families; any applicable fees are based upon family size and income.  The full day, full year program is only offered at the Rachel Holliday Children’s Center.