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 SDCOE Opens New Preschool in Fallbrook

The San Diego County Office of Education’s Early Education unit is serving young children in Fallbrook with a new preschool that opened Feb. 2.

The preschool is located in the Mike Choate Early Childhood Center and its opening represents a new collaboration between SDCOE Early Education Service and the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District.

"Through our work with Fallbrook Union Elementary, we're welcoming parents into a seamless system of education for their students," said Lucia Garay, executive director of the Early Education unit.

On the first day of school, 20 kids explored their new surroundings and participated in a variety of educational activities. Students attend for three hours a day, five days a week.

In addition to the new campus, there's another SDCOE preschool that has been operating in Fallbrook for years. Between the two schools, there's room for nearly 100 preschoolers. Enrollment is open to all families that meet state preschool income requirements.

The additional preschool opened with money from the California Department of Education for restoring services that were cut over the last several years.

In addition to operating these two sites, the Early Education Programs and Services unit also provides support to families of young children with special needs through the HOPE Infant Family Support program for children 3-years-old and younger with Special needs, and works with the First 5 Commission of San Diego and preschool providers to implement the Quality Preschool Initiative, a quality rating and improvement system throughout San Diego County.