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Early Childhood Programs


In the Fall of 2018, up to 11 schools will have full-day Kindergarten (each of these schools will make their own determination as to whether they will offer full day Kinder this year):

• Carl Hankey Elementary

• Clarence Lobo Elementary - Confirmed

• Del Obispo Elementary

• Harold Ambuehl Elementary - Confirmed

• Hidden Hills Elementary - Confirmed

• Kinoshita Elementary - Confirmed

• Marblehead Elementary

• R.H. Dana Elementary - Confirmed

• Tijeras Creek Elementary

• Wagon Wheel Elementary

• Wood Canyon Elementary - Confirmed


In the Fall of 2019, every elementary school in the District will have full-day kindergarten.

All neighborhood schools accept registration forms for kindergarten students. Parents are encouraged to attend kindergarten orientation sessions held in the spring prior to the child entering school in the fall. For more information on kindergarten registration and orientation, please contact individual schools.

Kindergarten in the Capistrano Unified School District lasts approximately three and a half hours. The flow of a typical kindergarten day varies among schools. Students generally start the day with a literacy block where they work in large and small groups on reading and writing skills. During this time, they also learn to tell stories together and, later in the year, they may write in a daily journal. Students often take turns working on a computer. Art and music/movement programs are built in throughout the day.

The following CUSD schools offer Full Day Kindergarten as a regular CUSD program:

Kindergarten Plus

The Kindergarten Plus program is a fee-based partnership between Capistrano Unified and the YMCA to offer a full-day kindergarten program. It is designed to meet the needs of working parents, provide additional instructional time for kindergarten students and allow more time for teachers to implement the kindergarten standards.

Kindergarten Plus is a structured, academic enrichment program that reinforces concepts taught in your child’s kindergarten classroom based on state and district standards.

The Kindergarten Plus core components include:

  • Language Arts/Literacy
  • Science/Technology
  • Construction/Problem Solving
  • Mathematics/Manipulative Activities
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Character Development
  • Inclusion support for children with special needs

Kindergarten Plus programs operate on all school days from Kindergarten dismissal until 1-5 grade dismissal. Extended childcare available until 6 pm.

The Kindergarten Plus program is offered at numerous elementary schools:

Location Phone License #

Kindergarten Plus


BERGESON YMCA (949) 643-0721 300607105
CANYON VISTA YMCA (949) 831-1264 304370044
DON JUAN AVILA YMCA (949) 360-5907 304270707
GEORGE WHITE YMCA (949) 495-4619 300610617
HIDDEN HILLS YMCA* (949) 249-6110 304270062
LAGUNA NIGUEL YMCA (949) 215-2030 304270940
MALCOM YMCA (949) 363-7085 304270064
MOULTON YMCA (949) 363-7507 300606175
OAK GROVE (949) 360-1427 304270291
WOOD CANYON (949) 363-7087 304270074

*Nationally accredited site

Please contact your school principal about your child’s school, or contact your local YMCA Branch.

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