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Preschool Program

PRESCHOOL PROGRAMPlay is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Mr. Rogers.

Welcome to the Continental Elementary School District #39 Preschool and Childcare Program. In all our programs, we use the Creative Curriculum and the Arizona Early Learning Standards as the basis for our instructional model and curriculum. We strive to balance the individual needs and interests of the children in the program.  

Our program features a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activities, both indoors and out of doors, in the areas of cognitive, communication, social-emotional, fine and gross motor, and adaptive skills. 

Play and interactions are the basis for teachable moments and planned instruction with our caring and trained staff. We use a wide variety of materials for a wide variety of skill and interest levels to promote children’s learning and development.  

Our Programs

The Continental Preschool/Child Care Program consists of several different educational programs.

  • Peer Integrated Preschool (PIPS) Program: The PIP program is for children with and without special needs. This includes our general and special education students with support from special education staff, a speech/language therapist, an occupational therapist, and a physical therapist as determined by a child’s Individual Education Plan. A dual certified teacher with instructional support staff teaches the PIPS program. 
  • Discovery Preschool: This program is for children who are in their first year of preschool. The focus is on literature, arts and crafts, and developmental activities. A lead instructor teaches the Discovery Preschool program.
  • Pre-Kindergarten: This program is for children who will be attending kindergarten in the following year. The focus is on the pre-academic skills needed for kindergarten. A lead instructor teaches the Pre-Kindergarten program.
  • Childcare: We offer full-time and part-time care for children from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Children participate in PIPS, Discovery, Pre-K, and/or Kinderfocus programs and afterschool care. We provide care for children up to grade four. Older children may also attend. 

Program Times and Fees

Peer Integrated Preschool (PIPS)

  • Pre-Kindergarten (blue room, ages 4-5) - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., $25 per session
  • Discovery (green room, ages 3-4) - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., $25 per session
  • Students with special needs with an IEP attend with no tuition fees during this time.
  • Children with an IEP may add before or aftercare for $20 per day.

Spanish Immersion Preschool

  • Green room, ages 3-5 - Mondays and Fridays, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., $25 per session


  • Blue room, ages 4-5 - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., $25 per session

After School Care

  • Monday through Friday, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., $10 per day, $50 per week flat rate

Early Dismissal Afternoon Care

  • 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., $20 per day

Full-Time Childcare

  • Monday through Friday, 7:10 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • $30 per day/$150 per week; minimum two days per week
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks daily at the district rate; free lunch applies; students may bring their own meals and snacks.

Program Times

Our preschool runs from 7:15 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Continental Preschool follows the Continental School District calendar. Care is available on inservice days by reservation.