Start learning with us beginning at three!

Universal Prekindergarten Programs

Parents of 3 and 4-year-olds are being given a unique range of educational options for their children in California. Attending a high-quality early education program prepares children to develop critical social-emotional, cognitive, and early academic skills (literacy and math) to be ready for kindergarten and beyond. 

What does a High-Quality Early Learning Experience Offer? 

  • Fulfills child’s curiosity; positively impacts academic performance.

  • Provides discipline and structure balanced with fun. 

  • Builds child’s desire to learn. 

  • Provides opportunities for physical activity. 

  • Builds social and emotional development by increasing positive behavior, self-worth, and confidence. 

  • Improves child’s pre-reading and math skills.

Oroville City Elementary School District has several opportunities to support family choice!


State Preschool Programs Through Butte County Office of Education (BCOE) and OCESD

The California State Preschool Program (CSPP) is for families who meet eligibility requirements. 

Butte County Office of Education, Early Education Programs and Services in collaboration with Oroville City Elementary School District offers pre-kindergarten classes for three-year-old and four-year-old children. 

BCOE Children’s Center Programs are 3-hours per day with an AM and PM option and follow the OCESD calendar.

Preschool Locations: 

  • Oakdale Heights Elementary

  • Eastside Children’s Center – Community Site Location

Parents can apply using this link: https://bit.ly/BCOEParentPortal 

Questions??? Call 530-532-5643 or visit www.bcoe.org 

New California State Preschool Program Coming Soon to Sierra Del Oro Inclusive Preschool!

OCESD is adding a California State Preschool Program at Sierra Del Oro Inclusive Preschool.  This site will offer both a full-day and part-day program.

Questions about the new program contact Sierra Del Oro School (530) 532-5690.

Transitional Kindergarten

OCESD offers full-day TK programs at four of its campuses. TK is the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience that is developmentally informed, based on the California Preschool Learning Foundations, and uses a modified kindergarten curriculum.

This developmental program acts as a link between a flexible environment and the more structured academic setting. Instruction will focus on literacy and numeracy along with a strong emphasis on self-regulation and social engagement. 

TK is expected to be fully phased in for all 4-year-old children by 2025-26 statewide at no cost to families.

OCESD is currently accepting new enrollment for the 2023-24 school year.

Click here to enroll today!


For additional information about Transitional Kindergarten click here

Understanding the different options for 4-year-olds



Age Requirements

Teacher Qualifications

Student-Teacher Ratios

California State Preschool Program

Part-day services for eligible families. Provides a curriculum that is developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate for the children served.

2 years, 9 months (Must turn 3 by Dec 1) to


Associate Teacher:

12 ECE Units


24 ECE Units + 16 GE Units

Site Supervisor:

AA (or 60 units) with 24 ECE/CD units (incl. core); + 6 units administration; + 2 units adult supervision

1 adult to 8 children

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

First year of a two-year kindergarten experience

that is developmentally-informed, based on the California Preschool Learning Foundations, and

uses a modified kindergarten curriculum.

2023-24: Students born between Sep 2, 2018 and Apr 2, 2019

2024-25: Students born between Sep 2, 2019 and June 2, 2020

2025-26: Students born between Sep 2, 2020 and Sep 1, 2021

Credentialed teachers are required to complete

24 early childhood education units or obtain a Child Development Permit by August 1, 2023 or by demonstrating competence through training and experience and a waiver approved by the board.

1 adult to 12 children

Early Learning and Care

Includes community-based and

private programs, family child care

providers, and family, friend, and

neighbor care.

2 years, 9 months to

5-years-old children

(Varies by individual program, some programs also offer infant/toddler care)

Teacher qualifications may vary by

program. Please consult with the specific program to learn more.

1 adult to 12 children*  

Head Start

A Federal program for eligible families

that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.

3 to 5-year-old children

Teacher Assistant: 

12 units of ECE/CD


AA or higher in Child Development or ECE

1 adult to 9 children

For more information on Head Start locations in the Oroville area call (866) 417-4255. 

For more information on child care options including Family Child Care Homes and Private Centers call Valley Oak Children’s Services at (530) 895-3572.