Enrollment is year-round until classroom capacity is met
Our academic year begins
Jan - April
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Applications and enrollment begin following priority guidelines
Explore Preschools in SLO County
High-quality, no-cost preschool services
The Early Learning Centers of San Luis Obispo County provide high-quality, no-cost preschool services to families and children ages 3- 5 years old in SLO County. There are Centers in Atascadero, Grover Beach, Nipomo, Oceano, Paso Robles, and San Luis Obispo.
This program is funded by the California State Department of Education and First 5 of San Luis Obispo County.
For 3-5 year-olds of low to moderate income families in SLO County
Administered by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education
“The teachers are very helpful and professional. I thank the program for my daughter’s educational advances. The program is amazing and I love that they really promote social skills.”
What Your Child Will Learn
Social Emotional Development
Our curriculum enhances children's confidence, empathy and social relationship skills.
Art can connect students with their own culture as well as with the wider world. Here, children will engage in chalk art, water art, collaging, and painting.
Children will develop an increased attention span, understand cause and effect, learn to ask questions, and more.
Language and Literacy
In our classrooms, children enjoy books, a language rich environment, storytime, activities to enhance skills in reading and writing.
In the classrooms and on the play ground, children engage in all sorts of physical activities which help them learn, grow, and play.
Our program enables and challenges children to perform gross-motor skills (running, jumping, skipping, etc.) and fine-motor skills (stringing beads, drawing, cutting with scissors, etc.).
Other Benefits for Children and Families
Dental and Vision Screenings
Raising a Reader
Parent Advisory Council
Interested in Starting a Preschool/Early Learning Center?
Partner with San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and Early Learning Centers to learn how we can help you get started with everything from staffing to funding.
How old does my child have to be to enroll in the program?
For the 2022-23 school year, Children whose birthdates are between 9/2/2017-12/1/2019 are eligible for the program. Children must also be fully-potty trained as classrooms are not set up to change and/or dispose of diapers.
Where are the Early Learning Centers located? What are the times?
We have 8 Preschool classrooms across San Luis Obispo County. Programs run 3 hrs. /day (hours vary, but most are in the AM) Monday - Friday.
San Miguel-Lillian Larsen Elementary
Paso Robles- Paso Robles First 5 Education Center
Paso Robles- Marie Bauer Early Ed. Center
Paso Robles- Winifred Pifer Elementary
Atascadero- San Gabriel Elementary
Grover Beach- Grover Beach Elementary
Oceano- Oceano Elementary
Nipomo- Nipomo High School
Does my family qualify for the program?
The state preschool program eligibility is based on one of the following: Income-based, CalWORKs recipient, experiencing homelessness, or the child is the recipient of CPS/CWS services or is identified as at-risk. Income is calculated using the provided income documents by the family and may not exceed the 85% of the
Schedule of Income Ceilings provided by CDE. If there is space available, families who are ‘over-income’ may also qualify after all others have been enrolled with support from First 5 of SLO County funding.
How do I get an application? Am I able to complete the application in-person or on paper?
Since there are state priority guidelines for enrollment:
1. 3 & 4-year-old children who are recipients of child protective services or who are at-risk of being neglected or abused.
2. ALL 4-year-old children
3. ALL 3-year-old children
Applications are sent to families who submit an interest form directly via email. Paper applications and in-person sessions, may be available for specific centers, but our main application process is done through our online system.
Are there any fees associated with this program/How much does it cost?
Our program is fully-funded by the State of California and First 5 of San Luis Obispo County, so there is no additional cost to families.
Who can I contact for more questions?
Please contact our administrative assistant, Marisol Espino, via email at email@example.com or at (805)782-7275