Empire Gardens Elementary
Empire Gardens Elementary
Preschool Program


San José Unified is proud to offer our preschool program at Empire Gardens elementary school.

San José Unified’s free preschool program helps to fulfill our mission of elevating opportunities by building partnerships with families and providing age-appropriate curriculum that focuses on all children. We support school readiness by:

  • Building on child’s current strengths and skills;
  • Providing play-based learning opportunities;
  • Encouraging active exploration;
  • Supporting problem solving;
  • Developing self-help skills;
  • Building relationships; and
  • Promoting self esteem.
General Information

To enroll your child in the San José Unified preschool program, you’ll need to visit the Early Education Department at our district office at 855 Lenzen Ave., San José, CA 95126.

Please bring the required documents to determine your eligibility for the program. Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you will be placed on a waiting list. Once there’s an opening in the program, you will be contacted to make an appointment for enrollment. Enrollment priority is given to 4-year-olds.


Each child must be signed in and out by their parent or authorized guardian every day on the sheets located in the classroom. A full signature and time is required. A child can be released only to those authorized people (at least 18 years old or older) designated on the Emergency Card. Identification is required.

Children must be picked up on time at the end of their session. If you are unable to pick up your child, you need to make arrangements with someone listed on your child’s emergency card to pick them up from school at the designated dismissal time. If your child is picked up late, you will be given a late pick-up notice. You will be required to meet with the Early Education Program Manager if you have received three late pick-up notices.

Absences due to illness of the child or members of the immediate family, and doctor or dentist appointments are excused. When the child returns, the sign-in sheet must be signed with the parent’s full signature for each day of the illness and brief reason for the absence (i.e. cold, flu or cough). An absence for illness that is longer than three days requires a signed doctor’s note.

Days of school missed due to family vacations or visits from family members are considered “Best Interest of the Child” (BIC) days. Only 10 BIC days are allowed within the school year. Per state guidelines, families exceeding 10 BIC days will be dropped from the program.


Early Education Department
San José Unified School District
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126

Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Main phone: (408) 535-6083