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, 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. 


    This federally-funded project, also known as Full Day Head Start (FDHS), provides an extensive school-year preschool program for children 3 and 4 years of age. Full day classes are provided for 135 days per school year from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

    FDHS sites:

    • Agua Caliente Elementary
    • Arroyo de Paz Elementary
    • Bubbling Wells Elementary
    • Cahuilla Elementary
    • Cathedral City Elementary
    • Cielo Vista Elementary
    • Della S. Lindley Elementary
    • Edward L. Wenzlaff Elementary 
    • Julius Corsini Elementary
    • Katherine Finchy Elementary
    • Rio Vista Elementary
    • Two Bunch Palms Elementary

    This state-funded preschool program serves children from low-income families who are 3 and 4 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:

    • Bubbling Wells Elementary
    • Cabot Yerxa Elementary
    • Cielo Vista Elementary
    • Della S. Lindley Elementary
    • Landau Elementary
    • Sunny Sands Elementary
    • Sunrise Park Elementary
    • Two Bunch Palms Elementary

    Early Head Start provides services to pregnant women and families of children ages 0 to 3.

    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.