Early Education – Entering School Ready to Learn and Succeed

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About Early Education

Early Education focuses on children (0–5) and caregivers of all backgrounds. We offer high quality Early Education programs and resources.

Participants learn about new ideas, skills, and possibilities. Our safe spaces help little ones explore, play, connect, and grow.


Program Stats & Outcomes


The City—primarily through the Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services and Library Departments—provides several programs designed to meet the needs of children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

These programs can be reviewed below by either selecting the Expand All button to review them all, or selecting each individually.



The Library's Impact

The Library's Early Education Services unit offers more than 4,500 free programs and activities targeted at children 0-5 years of age and their caregivers at twenty-five (25) library locations throughout San José, with a total attendance of more than 167,000 in program participation, each year.

Note: Numbers in these charts are from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Data will be updated annually.


PRNS's Impact

On an annual basis, Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services (PRNS) serves more than 1,500 children ages 3-5 through programs such as the San José Recreation Preschool, The Hatchery at Emma Prusch Park, Camp San José Junior, and vendor-led sports and performing arts activities.


  • 61 scholarships to low-income families for 21-22 SJRP ($104,214)
  • The plurality of the scholarships (49%) was awarded to children ages four years old.
  • Conducted pre/post assessment of participating children and noticed an increase in the following categories, upper-case recognition, lower-case recognition, letter sounds recognition, name writing ability.
  • Conducted Early Education Quality Standards assessments.
  • Developed and adopted policies, practices, and protocols through a racial equity lens to increase access to early education and recreation programs to diverse families. and meet the social-emotional, cognitive, physical, and developmental needs of children.

Note: Numbers in these charts are from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Data will be updated annually.


More Info

Early Education Quality Standards

Learn more about the City of San José's early learning strategy, including its quality standards, improvement plan, and master plan.

Early Education (0-5)

Programs and materials to ensure all children receive a strong start in learning to prepare for successful school experiences.