Spark your child's love of learning in a Tempe Elementary preschool! We offer several options for your little one, all with individualized instruction for every student, passionate teachers who care about your child, and high quality curriculum which will inspire and create success. And with before- and afterschool care, too. Put your child's future in our hands!
In order to help you find the preschool program that is the best fit for your child, please complete the Preschool Interest Survey.
Para ayudarlo a encontrar el programa preescolar que mejor se adapte a su hijo/a, complete la Encuesta de Interés de los Padres para el Programa Preescolar.
Enrollment at Getz School is for certified special needs children and peer model students. To enroll at Getz School, all children must attend a scheduled screening.
Getz Children with Special Needs
Children ages 2.9 through 5, who are not in kindergarten, and live within the Tempe Elementary boundaries are eligible. We screen cognition, language, speech, social skills, vision and hearing. Parents who live in the Tempe Elementary boundaries and are concerned that their child may not be reaching age-appropriate milestones, are encouraged to have him/her screened.
Getz Peer Model Students
A peer model is a child without a disability who displays typical development and behavior in the classroom setting. A peer model enhances the education of students with special needs by being a helper, a leader, and a friend. Peer models help students with special needs reach their learning goals through play and social interaction. Peers also model typical school behaviors, such as sharing, turn taking, and participation. In return, our peers learn confidence, empathy, and school readiness skills. All students in the program participate in a variety of developmentally appropriate preschool activities. Peer model students do not have to live within Tempe Elementary boundaries to attend. All peer model students must attend a screening.
Screenings are held by appointment.
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
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Carminati Elementary School TOTs
4001 S. McAllister Ave. in Tempe
8:30 - 11:45 a.m.
12:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Frank Elementary School TOTs
8409 S. Avenida del Yaqui in Guadalupe
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Nevitt Elementary School TOTs
4525 E St. Anne Ave. in Phoenix
8:05 - 11:20 a.m.
12:05 - 3:20 p.m.
- Children must live within the Tempe Elementary School District boundaries.
- Children must qualify for the free or reduced school lunch program.
- Children must be 4 years old by the end of 2018.
Preschool registration for the current 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 previous tax year
Tempe PRE (Preschool Resource Expansion) is a two-year pilot program launched in 2017 by the Tempe City Council to increase access to high-quality preschool at no cost for qualifying families. Families that are eligible for the program must live in Tempe and be living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
Visit the City of Tempe's TempePre website for more information.
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 www.tempe.gov/education.
For more information, please call (480) 858-PreK (7735).
There are currently TempePRE classrooms within the Tempe Elementary School District at the following schools:
- Aguilar Elementary (2)
- Arredondo Elementary (2)
- Carminati Elementary (1)
- Getz Preschool (2)
- Holdeman Elementary (2)
- Laird School (1)
- Meyer Montessori (1)
- Rover Elementary (1)
- Scales Technology Academy (2)
- Thew Elementary (2)
- Wood Elementary (2)
Meyer Montessori is another option for the preschool child in Tempe.
Meyer Montessori provides a unique learning experience for all of its students. The educational environment is built around a classroom community of early learners. Multi-age grouping (ages 3-6) and ages (ages 6-9) allows students to work at their own developmental level and select their journey for learning. At Meyer Montessori, we believe that all students are gifted and together we nurture each student’s individual learning needs by offering a multi-sensory approach to teaching and learning.
We nurture the “Whole Child” in the Children’s House (ages 3-6) by providing a curriculum that focuses on Practical Life Skills, Grace and Courtesy, Sensory Studies, Cultural Studies, Geography, Mathematics, Reading and Writing Development, and The Arts. Learning occurs in the most natural environment where students will have multiple opportunities to explore, create, and personalize their learning.
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 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.