West Valley Learning Center (Preschool/TK)

West Valley

Welcome to Patterson Joint Unified School District’s Preschool/TK Programs. We are enthusiastic about your interest in our preschool/TK programs for your child. We believe you will find Patterson Joint Unified School District’s programs to be a high quality learning experience. These are some of the most important years of your child’s growth and development and we look forward to having you join us as we work together in building a foundation for your child’s future. Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit our programs at any time. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact our main office at (209) 892-4550, or email [email protected]. We are here to serve you and your child the best we can.


Patterson State Preschool

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West Valley Learning Center - 610 N Hartley St.
Northmead Elementary - 625 L St.
Grayson Elementary - 301 Howard Rd. 

209-238-6400 County Waitlist

Ask to be put on the preschool waitlist for Patterson. This list is prioritized based on the child's age, family size, and income. Please make sure to keep your family's information up to date or you may be deleted after 3 months. 

In order to be eligible for State Preschool, children must be 3 years of age on or before December 1, 2023.  Must qualify based on family size and gross income

  1.  You will need to provide the following information at the time of enrollment:

  2.  Birth certificates for all children in the household

  3. Income verification for one month for all adults working in the household (previous month).  This includes monthly check stubs or W2 if self-employed.

  4.  Proof of residence (Utility bill: TID, PG&E, City of Patterson).

  5. Updated Immunization record for the child you are enrolling in preschool.

Full-day / Part-day Options are Available

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Watch State Preschool Orientation Video (below)

Patterson Preschool Academy
Serving Children Ages 2-5

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West Valley Learning Center - 610 N Hartley St. 

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 Transitional Kindergarten
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Purpose: The goal of the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program is to give younger children an extra year of preparation before entering kindergarten, with a focus on social-emotional development, language, literacy, and numeracy.

Enrollment: Children who were born between 9/2/2018 and 4/2/2019 are eligible to enroll in TK.  Enrollment in TK is optional, and parents can choose to enroll their child in TK or wait to enroll their child in school until they are old enough to enter kindergarten the following year.  To be eligible for kindergarten this year, a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2023.

Curriculum: The curriculum for TK is aligned with the California Preschool Learning Foundations and the California Common Core State Standards. The focus is on developing skills in language, literacy, and numeracy, as well as social-emotional development, physical development, and creative expression.

Classroom: The classroom setting for TK is designed to support younger students in a half-day split educational program.  (PJUSD offers an optional expanded day for parents who need someone to care for their children beyond these hours).  The TK Classroom will focus on play-based learning and structured activities. TK classrooms have a lower student-to-teacher ratio than kindergarten classrooms.

Assessment: TK students are assessed using the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP), which measures progress in key areas of development. Parents receive regular progress reports on their child's development.

Kinder Challenge: As with neighboring districts, PJUSD will not offer a challenging process for four year old children to enter kindergarten from a preschool program starting this year.

Cost: TK is a state-funded program; there is no cost to parents for enrolling their child in TK.

Importance of Early Education: Overall, the TK program provides an additional year of schooling for younger children to help them develop important skills and prepare for kindergarten.  Studies show that early education programs like TK can have significant benefits for children including improved academic performance, better social-emotional skills, and increased school readiness.  It is highly recommended that you consider enrolling your child in TK if they turn five between September 2, 2023, and April 2, 2024.

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