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State Preschool

The Amador County State Preschool Program is a State-subsidized half-day program at four sites in the county. Our preschool mission is to provide highly qualified learning experiences to eligible three- and four-year olds with a core curriculum that is culturally, developmentally and linguistically appropriate. Snack/meals are provided and there are several field trips during the year to enhance the classroom learning.

We are currently incorporating the STEAM curriculum model (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) into our lessons in best preparing our students for a successful kindergarten and elementary school future.

Related Information Documents

Preschool Sites

School Location Head Teacher Hours
Ione Elementary Ione Elementary Shannon Blake 8:30-11:30 AM
Jackson Elementary Argonaut High School Pam Schaap 8:15-11:15 AM
Pioneer Elementary Pioneer Elementary Jessica Vaughn 7:45-10:45 AM
Plymouth Elementary Plymouth Elementary Lory Sage 8:15-11:15 AM

Financial Eligibility Criteria

As of July 1, 2018, the State of California has increased the income eligibility caps for the State Preschool. Please refer to the following chart for income eligibility:

You can scroll down to see monthly and annual income caps. Priority is given to the lowest income families at or below the income cap. We can accept accept 10% of our enrollment for families who make 15% over the cap per family size. These caps are also included. Please call the Preschool Office for information on availability of spaces for families in the 15% overage category. 

Family/Household Size 1-2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Monthly Income Cap $4,173 $4,502 $5,256 $6,098 $6,939 $7,096 $7,254 $7,412 $7,570
15% Overage $5,067 $5,467 $6,383 $7,404 $8,426 $8,617 $8,809 $9,000 $9,192
Annual Income $50,077 $54,027 $63,083 73,177 $83,270 $85,163 $87,055 $88,948 $90,840
15% Overage $60,808 $65,604 $76,601 $88,857 $101,113 $103,412 $105,709 $108,008 $110,305