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Early Learning Centers

By California State and First 5 SLO

This information is for families interested in enrolling in our Early Learning Centers for the 2020-2021 school year and those that have recently submitted an online application.

This year, the ELC applications will be available fully online. At this time we are not processing applications, but we are reviewing all submitted documentation and contacting parents for missing items. This allows us to create waitlists so that when we have the guidelines from the California Department of Education and the Public Health Agency, we will be ready to proceed with enrollment.

When the time comes and we are ready to continue the enrollment process, we might need to ask you to submit new proof of income.  We will let you know as soon as possible.  

Thank you for your continued patience while we wait for that important guidance.  

APPLY HERE for ELC Preschool program’s 2020-2021 school year. If you require a paper application, please complete the APPLICATION REQUEST FORM

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Michelle Castillo at 805.782.7275.

Esta información es para familias interesadas en inscribirse en nuestros Centros de Aprendizaje Temprano para el año escolar 2020-2021 y aquellas que han presentado recientemente una solicitud en línea.

Este año, las aplicaciones ELC estarán disponibles completamente en línea. Actualmente, en este momento no estamos procesando solicitudes, pero estamos revisando toda la documentación presentada y contactando a los padres por artículos faltantes. Esto nos permite crear listas de espera para que cuando tengamos las pautas del Departamento de Educación de California y la Agencia de Salud Pública, estaremos listos para proceder con la inscripción.

Cuando llegue el momento y estemos listos para continuar con el proceso de inscripción, es posible que debamos pedirle que envíe nuevos ingresos. Le haremos saber lo antes posible.

Gracias por su paciencia continua mientras esperamos esa importante guía.

APLIQUE AQUÍ para el año escolar 2020-2021 de los ELC programa preescolar. Si necesita una solicitud en papel, complete el FORMULARIO DE SOLICITUD DE APLICACIÓN.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, comuníquese con Michelle Castillo en 805.782.7275

Early Learning Centers offer a parent and child education program to low and moderate-income families. This program is funded by the California State Department of Education and First 5 of San Luis Obispo County. The program is administered through the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education.


  • Physical development – small muscle and large muscle coordination skills.
  • Dental, nutrition and safety education.
  • Emotional and social development through play with other children.
  • Breakfast or a nutritious snack is provided daily through the Child & Adult Care Food Program.
  • Child-directed activities to develop independence, problem-solving, decision-making and creative thinking skills.
  • Teacher-planned activities to expand the children’s interests and knowledge.
  • Language development and communication skills.
  • Cognitive development – pre-academic skills for reading, mathematics and science.
  • Creative exploration – art, music, dance, and drama


  • Focus on the important role parents play in their child’s education.
  • Build supportive relationships with other parents and teachers.
  • Listen to speakers on topics such as positive discipline, health and nutrition, preparing your child for kindergarten, first aid, child safety both indoors and outside, etc.
  • Learn about physical, cognitive, emotional, social and creative development of children.
  • One of the most important aspects of our program is “parent education and involvement”.

The following participation is needed in order to ensure the required adult/child ratios for licensing and the educational goals for both the children and families in our program:


  1. Assure full attendance for your child (5 days per week for a 3  hour period)
  2. Transport your child to and from school at the designated time (we do not offer transportation)
  3. Attend parent education meetings; and
  4. Participate twice per month in the classroom


San Gabriel Elementary 8500 San Gabriel Road Atascadero, CA 93422

Grover Beach Elementary 365 S. Tenth Street, Room 3A Grover Beach, CA 93433

Nipomo High School 525 N. Thompson Ave., Rm. 155 Nipomo, CA 93444

Oceano Early Learning Center 1551 17th Street Oceano, CA 93445

Marie Bauer Elementary 1626 Vine Street, Room 5 Paso Robles, CA 93446

Winifred Pifer Elementary 1350 Creston Rd., Room 703 Paso Robles, CA 93446

  • 805-769-1300 x 24703
  • Classroom Hours 8:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

First 5 Early Education Center 3600 Oak St. Room 103 Paso Robles, CA 93446

Lillian Larsen 1601 L Street San Miguel, CA 93451

  • 805-467-3626
  • Classroom Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Director, Early Learning Educational Support
Nancy Norton, Director Early Learning
Nancy Norton
Administrative Assistant II
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Michelle Castillo

Important Dates

  • August: Our academic year begins
  • March 15th: Last day to apply for the running school year
  • April: Applications for the upcoming school year are released
  • May: Early enrollment begins

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