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Tempe Elementary School District (TD3) has several preschool options for families, including four preschools located at our elementary schools, Getz School, and other options.

 Tempe Offers Free Preschool for Income-Eligible Children!

Tempe Elementary School District is recruiting ADE certified Early Childhood teachers for the new and innovative pilot preschool program sponsored by the City of Tempe in collaboration with Tempe Elementary School District, Kyrene School District and Tempe Union High School District. The pilot program, known as Tempe PRE (Preschool Resource Expansion), will begin this August and will accept income eligible children ages three and four.  

The program will launch with up to 20 classrooms housed throughout Tempe in existing schools, for a total capacity of 360 students. While the initial pilot program will begin with Tempe's poorest, most vulnerable students, the ultimate goal of Tempe PRE will be to offer free preschool for ALL three and four year olds in Tempe.

Qualified candidates interested in applying for a position should visit both websites- each school district is conducting its own job recruitment process:

Tempe Elementary School District #3

The City of Tempe is leading the way for cities in Arizona and across the Nation, by partnering with local school districts to  improve kindergarten readiness and long-term school success for Tempe children while also helping provide support to working families in becoming more economically independent.

The five goals in Tempe’s education plan are that all children:
1) live in stable and nurturing families; 2) are mentally and physically healthy; 3) are ready to succeed in school; 4)live in safe and supportive neighborhoods; 5) make successful transitions to adulthood. Tempe's PRE (Preschool Resource Expansion) program is critical to the long term success of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens and ultimately to our entire community. The Roadmap for Education plan can be found at

Updates about Tempe PRE will be posted to Sign up to get updates via email by visiting

A recorded message phone line has been set up to provide updates as they are available – call 480-858-PreK (7735).

 There are currently 13 classrooms within the Tempe Elementary School District at the following schools:

  • Aguilar (1)
  • Arredondo (2)
  • Getz (2)
  • Holdeman (1)
  • Laird (1)
  • Scales (2)
  • Thew (2)
  • Wood (2)

Tempe Opportunities To Succeed (T.O.T.S.) Preschools

The TD3 T.O.T.S preschools are funded by First Things First, Title I, The Tempe Diablos, and through private donations. Enrollment is free to qualifying families. These preschools take place at:

Aguilar Elementary School TOTs 
5800 S. Forest Ave. in Tempe

Carminati Elementary School TOTs
4001 S. McAllister Ave. in Tempe

Frank Elementary School TOTs
8409 S. Avenida del Yaqui in Guadalupe

Holdeman Elementary School TOTs
1326 W. 18th St. in Tempe

Nevitt Elementary School TOTs
4525 E St. Anne Ave. in Phoenix

Preschool Qualifications

  1. Children must live within the Tempe Elementary School District boundaries.
  2. Children must qualify for the free or reduced school lunch program.
  3. Children must be 4 years old by the end of 2017.

Call Arcelia Winward at (480) 897.6233 Ext. 5700 with questions about qualifying.

Preschool registration for the 2017-2018 school year takes place Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at:
Getz School
625 W. Cornell Dr. in Tempe

Documents required for registering are:

  • Food stamps award letter (all pages) OR paycheck stubs for a month for any/all working adults in the household and proof of other income (cash assistance, child support, unemployment benefits, or SSI)
  • Proof of address (utility bills or rental agreement)
  • Child's birth certificate
  • Child's immunization records
  • Income Tax form 1040 for the tax year 2015

Getz School

Enrollment at Getz School is for certified special needs children and qualified peers. To enroll at Getz School, all children must attend a scheduled screening.

Children ages 2.9 through 5, who are not in kindergarten, and live within the TD3 boundaries are eligible. We screen cognition, language, speech, social skills, vision and hearing. Parents who live in the TD3 boundaries and are concerned that their child may not be reaching age appropriate milestones, and parents of typically developing children, are encouraged have him/her screened.

Download the Preschool Process Flyer - in English

Download the Preschool Process Flyer - en español

Screenings are held by appointment. To schedule a screening, please call (480) 897-6233 Ext. 5743.

Other Preschool Options

  • The Head Start Program is offered at Aguilar Elementary School, Nevitt Elementary School and Thew Elementary School. Head Start is also offered at other locations in Tempe and Guadalupe. For more information, call (480) 464-9669 ext. 200.
  • Next Horizons serves infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at 4525 S. College Ave., Tempe (formerly Evans Elementary School). For more information call (480) 894-8870.
    Download the Next Horizons Child Development Center brochure for more information.

  • Kid Zone serves children ages three through pre-kindergarten at the Getz School location, offering part- and full-time options. For more information, please call Christina Rozner at (480) 897-6233 Ext. 5710 or the Kid Zone business office: Deb (480) 350-5446.
For more information on Kid Zone Preschool, download one of the following:
 Kid Zone Preschool information packet
 Kid Zone Preschool flyer

Kid Zone Preschool is now offering a free day! If you have a child ages three through pre-kindergarten and would like to try out the program, please call Christina Rozner at (480) 897-6233 Ext. 5710 for more information.

Discounts are given for TD3 staff.

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