As students of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District gear up for another year in the classroom, openings are still available for preschool aged children in the community to get a “Head Start.”

Child Development Services, which provides early childhood education for children age 2 to 5, has available spaces in Head Start and other preschool programs for 3 to 4 year olds.

School begins on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and families do not need to be residents of Santa Monica or Malibu to enroll their children.

CDS offers Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), California State Preschool (CSPP), Head Start and full fee-based programs. Class sizes range from 16 to 24.

CDS creates an environment filled with traditional preschool activities with an emphasis on play as the child’s main form of learning. All programs are five days a week and use “High Scope,” a research-based curriculum designed to engage children in active learning and problem solving. The classrooms are located at school sites throughout SMMUSD.

To begin enrollment, all parents must complete a pre-enrollment application. Applications are not school site specific. Site requests will be considered, but cannot be guaranteed.

If you are interested in enrolling your children or would like more information, call (310) 399-5865 or visit

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