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Early Childhood Education

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Health Orders from the State of California and the County of San Diego, this program is temporarily suspended until further notice.

Programming for ages 12 months and up!

Little ones are always learning and it is our job to steer them in the right direction. We take this responsibility very seriously and we want to help open the door to the world of education. The Smart Start and Ready Set Learn classes are curriculum based programs, incorporating fun into learning.

Children must be fully potty trained without pull-ups for the Smart Start & Ready Set Learn programs. There are no exceptions to this requirement.


Smart Start for ages 3 - 4

This program will focus on readiness skills as an introduction to several concepts such as letter/name recognition, socialization / interaction, listening and following instructions and fine motor skills.


Ready Set Learn for ages 4 - 5

This kindergarten readiness program focuses on language, math, reading, writing, and science to establish a solid educational foundation before entering Elementary School, providing them with the tools they need to be a successful learner.


Mommy's Little Learner 

Join us for circle time, arts & crafts, storybooks and musical fun! Our staff will provide you and your child some unique 'mommy' and me time, creating special memories you will treasure for a lifetime.


Online Registration: 


In-person registration:
Jim Porter Recreation Center
1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista

By phone:

» Registration Form 2019-2020
Required by first day of class

Field Trips

Three field trips are offered during the 2019/20 school year.

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Jim Porter Recreation Center, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive.

Job Announcement

The City of Vista is currently hiring for part-time pre-school teachers. Visit the hiring page for information.

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