Our Preschool Program
TCP offers 3 different preschool classes:
Extended Day Program available Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:30am-2pm.
For children who do not quite meet the age requirement, TCP offers a Parent/Toddler program, which is appropriate for children who will be at least 1 year, 9 months of age in September (age 2 by the end of the calendar year) to register for the fall.
TCP historically follows the Tustin Unified School District calendar with a ten-month school year beginning in September and ending in June. There is no summer program offered.
If you are interested in enrolling your child or have questions with regard to enrollment, please click here to be directed to the Contact Us page where you may send us a membership inquiry email, or call us at 714-544-2398.
Tustin Community Preschool is, first and foremost, a developmental preschool. Every effort is made to provide children with a rich, stimulating and fun curriculum that helps them to use their amazing brains and celebrate their childhood. Under the guidance of our Director, our Curriculum Committee – often made up of member parents who are highly experienced in early childhood education – works to provide children with developmentally appropriate experiences that enable them to learn through play. Children are encouraged to work with paint, glue, glitter and clay. They are given opportunities to dress-up, role-play, bond with classroom pets, and help to cook and prepare snacks and special celebratory "feasts." Field trips such as visits to the tide pools, post office and pumpkin patch are a few examples of TCP trips that our kids treasure. Special "signature" events and activities – many including the entire family – are offered throughout the year.
At the foundation of TCP's program are our two veteran teachers, Ms Shelley Burnett (3 Day Classes) and Ms Juliana Tabata (2 Day Class & Parent/Toddler). Both Shelley and Juliana share a passion for educating young children through nurturing, developmentally appropriate methods. Their enthusiasm and expert direction are a key element in our preschool's success – and the success of your child. Read more about them here.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a typical day like at TCP?
After free play, the teacher leads "circle time" with songs and stories, and engages children to individually share with their peers. After circle time, children may choose to play inside the classroom, or they may go outside for easel painting, exploring sensory tables, riding various scooters and bikes, playing with a huge assortment of outside equipment, or participating in the daily “large motor skill” activity.
Throughout class time, the children are encouraged into smaller groups supervised and led by parent workers and the teacher, thus giving each child the opportunity to experience activities at their own pace.
The day concludes with story time and snack time.
What is the class-size at TCP?
What is the tuition?
What are the parent "work" obligations?
In addition to helping in the classroom, parents take on another job to help keep the school running (remember, at a co-op preschool, nearly every aspect of the school runs on "parent power"). This "committee job" should take a minimum of an hour of your time per week, but may be more (or less) depending on the time of year and the needs of your specific position within the school. Examples include participating on our curriculum team or fundraising team, taking care of a specific area of the classroom, or acting as a class photographer. There are many jobs, and our Committee Coordinator will work closely with you and our director at the beginning of the school year to place you with a job that works with your schedule and talents.
For more information about parent obligations, please click here.
Can I bring siblings along with me when I work in the classroom?
How does TCP handle allergies?
Additionally, we do have various pets in and around the classroom and play area throughout the year including, but not limited to, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, birds, etc. Severe allergies to pets may be difficult to accommodate.
How does TCP handle children with special needs?
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
How can I arrange a visit?