About Gilbert Public Schools Preschool Programs

  • At Gilbert Public Schools we offer a range of preschool programs where young children learn social skills in real time, in a supportive environment, surrounded by qualified staff. At GPS we believe that high-quality preschool programs nurture warm relationships among children, teachers, and parents.

    Explore the variety of GPS Preschool Programs which all offer flexibility, choice, affordability, and fun for your child!

Preschool Program Offerings at Your School

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  • Amanecer Developmental Preschool is a play-based program aligned with the Arizona Department of Education Early Learning Standards with a focus on critical thinking skills and social-emotional development.

    Amanecer Preschool is for families with 3-5-year-olds and is offered at most GPS elementary schools three or four days per week.

    This play-based program is aligned with the Arizona Department of Education Early Learning Standards, with a focus on critical thinking skills and social/emotional development. Thematic units are explored by students using a variety of learning styles and modalities, which in turn, ignites curiosity and encourages sustained attention. The program is supplemented using Handwriting without Tears and Creative Curriculum intentional learning materials. Typically developing peers and those with developmental delays work together and grow in one inclusive environment.  Instruction is individualized based upon ongoing progress monitoring (Teaching Strategies GOLD) so the teacher knows what a child knows and what they are ready to learn next.  GOLD is an authentic, ongoing observational system for assessing children from birth through Kindergarten. It helps teachers observe children in the context of everyday experiences, which is an effective way to learn what they know and can do.

  • Preschool Screening: Early Intervention & Developmental Delays Information


Tuition Information

  • If you have concerns about your child's development, do not enroll your child as a tuition student at this time, but instead follow the instructions for the preschool screening process above. Please call 480-497-3461 with any questions.

    Registration & Tuition Fees

    Registration Fee: $50.00/year 

    Tuition Options:

    • Tuition is $220.00 each month for 3 days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday), 2 ½ hours per day
    • Tuition is $270 each month for 4 days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday), 2 ½ hours per day

    Registration fees and 1st-month tuition are due at registration and are both non-refundable.

Amanecer Preschool - New Family Registration

  • If your family is new to Gilbert Public Schools, and you do not currently have any students enrolled at any of our schools, please begin the enrollment process with New Family Registration.

     

    New Family Registration

Amanecer Preschool - Existing Family Registration & Payments

  • If you have already registered a student in an Amanecer or Kindergarten Prep Preschool within the last 2 years, please submit your registration and payments using your existing account. Once logged in, click the registration tab to register for a class.

     

    Existing Family Login


Learn More About Amanecer Developmental Preschool

  • Amanecer preschool provides opportunities for your child to:

    • Develop an enjoyment for learning
    • Explore and investigate for deeper knowledge
    • Develop problem-solving skills
    • Receive instruction from a certified teacher with the assistance of trained paraprofessionals
    • Build friendships with a variety of peers
    • Develop creativity
    • Learn how to be part of a classroom community
    • Receive individualized instruction informed by rigorous on-going progress monitoring data analysis
    • Build social-emotional competence
    • Build communication skills
    • Develop fine and gross motor physical skills
    • Develop pre-academic knowledge and skills
    • Engage in purposeful and productive play experiences that foster memory development, symbolic thinking, positive approaches to learning, positive social and language skills, math skills, and self-regulation instruction.               
    • The Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory tools and strategies for your classroom. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning.

    The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is based on five fundamental principles. They guide practice and help us understand the reasons for intentionally setting up and operating preschool programs in particular ways. These are the principles:

    • Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning
    • Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
    • Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
    • The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
    • Teacher–family partnerships promote development and learning.
    • Our instruction is aligned to the Arizona Early Learning State Standards developed by the Arizona Department of Education.

     

  • Contact Gilbert Public Schools Community Education Office

    480-892-9089 ext. 100
    Email: communityedbusinessdept@gilbertschools.net
    Office Hours: Monday–Thursday 8:00 am–4:30 pm & Friday 8:00 am–12:00 pm (closed Fridays in June/July)

    Note: Gilbert Public Schools Community Education Department has computer terminals available to use at our office at 6839 East Guadalupe Road in Mesa, Arizona, for preschool enrollment for families without online access. 

     

Amanecer Preschool by School Location

School Address Session Time(s)
Ashland Ranch Elementary 1945 S. Ashland Ranch, Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Augusta Ranch Elementary 9430 E. Neville Ave, Mesa, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Boulder Creek Elementary 8045 E. Portobello, Mesa, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Burk Elementary 545 N. Burk Street, Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Canyon Rim Elementary 3045 S. Canyon Rim, Mesa, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Carol Rae Elementary 3777 E. Houston Avenue, Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Gilbert Elementary 175 W. Elliot Rd., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Greenfield Elementary 2550 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Harris Elementary 1820 S. Harris Dr., Mesa, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Highland Park Elementary 230 N. Cole Dr., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Houston Elementary 500 E. Houston Ave., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Islands Elementary 245 McQueen Road, Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Meridian Elementary 3900 S. Mountain Rd., Mesa, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Mesquite Elementary 1000 E. Mesquite Rd., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Oak Tree Elementary 505 W. Houston Ave., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Patterson Elementary 1211 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Pioneer Elementary 1535 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Playa del Rey Elementary 550 N. Horne St., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Quartz Hill Elementary 3680 S. Quartz Street, Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Settler's Point Elementary 423 E. Settlers Point Dr., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Sonoma Ranch Elementary 601 N. Key Biscayne Drive, Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Spectrum Elementary 2846 S. Spectrum Way, Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Superstition Springs Elementary 7125 E. Monterey Avenue, Mesa, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Towne Meadows Elementary 1101 N. Recker Rd., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Val Vista Lakes Elementary 1030 N. Blue Grotto Dr., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:15–10:45 am, PM Session 11:30 am–2:00 pm