Learn. Laugh. Grow. Nurturing your child to prepare them for life.

teacher reading photoChildren two years and up participate in our Preschool program.  Our program is a play based, emergent curriculum and supports the Arizona Early Learning Standards.  Our preschool day is focused on children’s interests and learning needs: It includes the use of individual, small, and large group activities, indoor and outdoor play, free choice time, and learning centers.

Our Outstanding Faculty

Our Early Childhood Education faculty at the Tucson J make us amazing!  They value continued education and crave advancements in professional development.  Through their passion for education, our faculty utilize best practice in early childhood and have the necessary resources to care for our children and provide them developmentally appropriate opportunities to learn and grow.  Our children’s social and emotional growth is supported by research-based strategies and methods.  Our specialized emergent curriculum is developed as the teachers get to know and learn what the children bring to the classroom.  The curriculum is collaborative, purposeful and planned and the children are recognized as agents of their own learning.

Planning with the Children’s Interests in Mind

healthy eating photoEach classroom posts their lesson plans for the week based on appropriate themes.  Once a month, the children determine the learning theme through our Emergent Curriculum.  Each teacher observes their students to find a topic of keen interest to most students and the children help to plan supportive experiences.  You will see documentation of some of the Emergent units that our classes have explored posted in hallways and classrooms.  Activities are modified as appropriate for the different age groups (Twos, Threes and PreK) and are designed to accommodate children’s individual unique abilities.

Children in the ECE learn how to care for their bodies through the discover: CATCH Early Childhood program. The program promotes moderate to vigorous physical activity and nutritious foods. 


Get Started!


For more information or to schedule a tour of our ECE Preschool program, please contact Joline Riddle Director of ECE at 520.299.3000 ext 115 or email  and include your filled application.

2018-2019 Infant Toddler Contract

2018-2019 Preschool Form

2018-2019 Spanish Immersion Preschool Form