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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 to Launch Free Preschool for Income-Eligible Children

Tempe Elementary School District is recruiting certified preschool teachers for the City of Tempe’s pilot free pre-kindergarten program, known as Tempe Free PRE (Preschool Resource Expansion), which will begin this August.  The program, which will accept children ages 3 and 4, will launch with 20 classrooms housed in existing schools for a total capacity of 360 students.

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

This is a first-ever effort by the city to improve kindergarten readiness and long-term school success as it aims to help parents bring their families out of poverty.

Tempe has five goals in its education plan and the pursuit of free preschool fits into those aims. The five goals in Tempe’s education plan are that all children: live in stable and nurturing families; are mentally and physically healthy; are ready to succeed in school; live in safe and supportive neighborhoods; and make successful transitions to adulthood. The Roadmap for Education plan can be found at

Updates about Tempe Free 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).

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:

Carminati T.O.T.S. Elementary School
4001 S. McAllister Ave. in Tempe

Frank T.O.T.S. Elementary School
8409 S. Avenida del Yaqui in Guadalupe

Holdeman T.O.T.S. Elementary School
1326 W. 18th St. in Tempe

Nevitt T.O.T.S. Elementary School
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 2016.

Call Arcelia Winward 480.897.6233 Ext 5700 with questions about qualifying.

Preschool registration for the 2016-2017 school year is taking 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 x5710 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 x5710 for more information.

Discounts are given for TD3 staff.

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