Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD) offers a multitude of Early Childhood Education (ECE) Programs that serve families within the District. PSUSD includes Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Thousand Palms, and the unincorporated area of Sky Valley.

     The ECE Program is made possible through the approval and support of the Palm Springs Unified School District’s Board Members and Administrators.  The ECE Program collaborates with the Riverside County Office of Education and the California State Department of Education, to provide support for children in PSUSD.  


    Early Head Start provides services to pregnant women and families of children age 0 to three.

    Teachers visit children’s homes once per week and interact with families on a wide variety of early childhood development topics. Specific issues include accessing pre- and post-natal care, early literacy, health, nutrition, positive parent-child activities, social services, and parent education. Monthly socialization meetings are held with other families with young children.



    This Federally funded project provides an extensive school-year preschool program for children three and four years of age.  Family’s income must meet Federal poverty level.

     Full day classes are provided for 160 days per school year, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Full Day Head Start sites are located at: 

    • Agua Caliente Elementary
    • Bubbling Wells Elementary
    • Cathedral City Elementary
    • Desert Highland
    • Julius Corsini Elementary School

     Part-day classes operate 3.5 hours a day, four days per week and are provided for 135 days per school year. The morning session is from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the afternoon session is 12:15 to 3:45 a.m. Part Day Head Start Sites are located at:

    • Cathedral City Elementary
    • Coyote Run Apartments
    • Julius Corsini Elementary
    • Katherine Finchy Elementary
    • Two Bunch Palms

    This State funded preschool program serves children from low income families who are three and four years of age on or before September 1st.  The family’s income must meet State requirements.  Part-day classes operate five days per week.  The morning session is from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. and the afternoon session is from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

    CSPP sites:

    • Arroyo de Paz Apartments
    • Bubbling Wells Elementary
    • Cabot Yerxa Elementary
    • Cahuilla Elementary
    • Cielo Vista
    • Coyote Run Apartments
    • Della S. Lindley
    • Edward Wenzlaff
    • Landau Elementary
    • Rio Vista Elementary
    • Sunny Sands Elementary
    • Sunrise Park
    • Two Bunch Palms Elementary