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Jumpstart Preschool Program

Thank you for your interest in the Jumpstart Preschool Program.  Jumpstart is an early education program administered by Ventura Unified School District and is a California State Preschool Program (‘CSPP’). We provide care for children in Ventura and the surrounding community throughout Ventura County. 

The staff and administration at Jumpstart know that young children thrive in safe, friendly and respectful environments. These elements are foundational and at the core of our Program’s philosophy; a philosophy that fosters a child-centered curriculum and is based on the guiding principles of the California Preschool Curriculum Foundations where: 

  • Relationships are central 

  • Play is the primary context for learning 

  • Learning is integrated and inclusive 

  • Intentional interactions enhance children’s learning experiences 

  • Family and community partnerships create meaningful connections 

  • Individualization of learning includes all children 

  • Responsiveness to culture and language supports children’s learning 

Jumpstart is a part-day multi-age opportunity for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years, and, along with parent participation, promotes empathy, self-regulation, and leadership development.  We offer care and curriculum that is age appropriate for children’s developmental needs in a rich setting allowing for exploration, creativity, problem-solving, science, math, and language acquisition through play, group activities, and individual choice. 

Admission into the Jumpstart Preschool Program is based on state income guidelines and other application criteria. To be qualified, families must meet the following eligibility criteria:  

 Income eligibility criteria 

CSPP Schedule of Income Ceiling  

Family Size  

  Family Monthly Income  

  Family Annual Income  

1 or 2 

 $                         7,209.00  

 $                      86,514.00  

 $                         8,154.00  

 $                      97,843.00  

 $                         9,441.00  

 $                    113,292.00  

 $                      10,952.00  

 $                    131,419.00  

 $                      12,462.00  

 $                    149,546.00  

 $                      12,745.00  

 $                    152,944.00  

 $                      13,029.00  

 $                    156,343.00  

 $                      13,312.00  

 $                    159,742.00  


 $                      13,595.00  

 $                    163,141.00  


 $                      13,878.00  

 $                    166,539.00  


 $                      14,162.00  

 $                    169,938.00  


Admission to Jumpstart Preschool Program 
  • Eligibility for enrollment in the preschool program is based on documentation and verification.
    The parent or guardian is responsible for providing the required documentation. 
  • Enrollment priorities dictate that 7% of CSPP-funded enrollment is set aside for children with
    exceptional needs.
  • All families will be ranked based on income-ranking order and on the following admission priorities list, as mandated by the State:

Admission priorities
The child is the recipient of Child Protective Services (CPS) or is at risk of being neglected, abused, or exploited, or is in foster care. 
Second: Once the set-aside is filled, children with exceptional needs (children with IFSP or IEP), up to 20% of classroom enrollment. 
Third: Eligible 2, 3 and 4-year-olds. 

  • dual language learners within each ranking.
  • 4 year-olds who are not Transitional Kindergarten eligible. 

Fourth: Family income is not more than 15% above the income threshold. Prioritize exceptional needs children, and then 2, 3 and 4-year-olds (limited to 7% of funded enrollment).
Fifth: 4 and 5 year-old children who are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten.

Jumpstart Preschool Program is located at 7 sites within the Ventura Unified School District. 

  • ATLAS Elementary

  • E.P. Foster Elementary

  • Montalvo Elementary

  • Portola Elementary

  • Sheridan Way Elementary

  • Will Rogers Elementary

Each site offers an AM (8:15 am to 11:15 am) and a PM (12:15 pm to 3:15 pm) program daily that includes a nutritionally balanced meal. Each Jumpstart Preschool classroom is composed of a site leader and two classroom teachers.

If you are eligible and are interested in our program, please click the link below.

Interest form

Cara Dallamora, Coordinator
(805) 641-5000 x1029

              Nikki Ertman, Sr. Office Assistant
            (805) 641-5000 x1031