Early Childhood Education
ECE Brochure (PDF)
ECE Brochure (Spanish PDF)
Desert Sands Unified School District (DSUSD) operates three Preschool Programs: Head Start, State Preschool, and the Child Development Center. These programs are available to children and families residing in the DSUSD boundaries.
There are six part-day traditional school year Head Start programs and five full-day Head Start programs, all of which are located in Indio and Palm Desert. Head Start is a Federally funded program.
There are five State-funded Preschools. The State Preschool classes are part day programs. Three are located in Indio, one in Palm Desert and one in La Quinta. They are open from September until June.
Child Development Center (CDC):
This center is located in La Quinta and provides full day/full year services.
All three Preschool programs support the social, emotional, physical, and educational need of the child in a safe and healthy environment. Each of the programs is based on solid developmentally appropriate practices that foster language and literacy.
Teaching staff is fully credentialed through the California Teacher's Commission. The support staff is well trained and knowledgeable of community resources, mental health, Social Services, Health and Nutrition.