•  Welcome to the Del Norte Preschool Programs


    We believe that learning happens in a high quality, stimulating and nurturing environment that encourages hands-on experience through play. 

    We strive to provide an environment and developmental experiences to nurture growth and learning in a way that encourages life-long learning.


    Did you know? 

    Your child's brain doubles within the first year of life, keeps growing to about 80% of adult size by 3 years of age and is considered nearly full grown by age 5!

    Early Education is incredibly important for children!


    • California State Preschool Program (CSPP)
    • Del Norte District Preschool (DNUSD)
    • Sunset Early Head Start (EHS)

    Program Locations

    • Bess Maxwell - CSPP
    • Joe Hamilton - CSPP
    • Mary Peacock - CSPP
    • Pine Grove - CSPP
    • Smith River - DNUSD
    • Sunset High School - EHS

    Ages Served

    Children eligible for our developmentally appropriate program are aged 3 to 4 yrs old by December 2nd. Children are eligible to enroll at 2 yrs 9 months and on their 3rd birthday, if turning 3 years after December 2nd.  

    Any child turning 5 years of age between September 1st and December 2nd has the option to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten. Please see school sites for further details regarding TK. 

    Early Headstart is a 0-3 Infant-Toddler program. *Note: Families are required to find an alternative preschool on their child's 3rd birthday. 

    Enrollment Admission Priorities

    Children are admitted according to waitlist procedures, enrollment criteria and priorities established and monitored by the California Department of Education (CDE). 

    The DNUSD Preschool Program does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, or mental or physical disability in determining which children are served. 

    *See additional information under Program Information

    Income Requirements

    The California State Preschool programs operate using the California State Income Table found here: CSPP Income Ceiling

    Del Norte Preschool Program does not adhere to income requirements; although, families are still required to produce statements of income for enrollment.

    Early Head Start is a Federally Funded Program and so follows the Federal Poverty Guidelines found here: EHS Poverty Guidelines

    Please Note: There is a 10% allowance for enrollment of Over-Income families across the programs. So, if your income is above any of these tables, you are encouraged to submit an application!  

    Preschool Offices are located at 544 W. Harding Avenue. 

    • Contact the Program Secretary for other preschool enrollment requirements
    • Call to set up an enrollment appointment (drop-ins are rarely efficient, enrollment is a process and it will take time.) 
    • Applications:
      • Available at any school site
      • Downloadable on the right
        • NOTE: submitting an application does NOT guarantee enrollment, an appointment must be made for completion.


    For more information on the Del Norte Preschool Programs, please click the document(s) on the right. 

    Preschool enrollment ends April 1st of every year. Enrollments after that time will be for students beginning in August. We also have a "re-enrollment period" for all children that are returning.

    Early Head Start enroll until the program is full

    For other questions or concerns, please contact the Program Director. 

Early Education Director

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Early Education Program Secretary

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Early Childhood Specialists

  • Joe Hamilton
  • Mary Peacock
  • Pine Grove
  • Smith River
  • Sunset EHS
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Preschool Sites

School Directory
  • California State Preschool Program
  • Del Norte Unified District Preschool
  • Early Head Start -Infant/Toddler Center

Bess Maxwell

California State Preschool Program
1124 El Dorado St
Crescent City, CA 95531

Joe Hamilton

California State Preschool Program
1050 E St.
Crescent City, CA 95531

Mary Peacock

California State Preschool Program
1720 Arlington Dr
Crescent City, CA 95531

Pine Grove

California State Preschool Program
900 Pine Grove Rd
Crescent City, CA 95531

Smith River

Del Norte Unified District Preschool
564 W First St
Smith River, CA 95567

Sunset High School

Early Head Start -Infant/Toddler Center
2500 Elk Valley Cross Rd
Crescent City, CA 95531
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Preschool Program Eligibility Application

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Program Information