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    Bright Futures Preschool Program Eligibility 

    We wish that we had a spot for every child in need of preschool. But because our program is a California State Preschool Program (CSPP), we have strict program eligibility requirements that are set by the California Department of Education Child Development Division (source)

    A child must meet both the age eligibility and the categorical eligibility outlined below in order to be enrolled in Bright Futures Preschool. Once a child is deemed eligible, that eligibility is good for 24 months, or up to two full program years. However, if a child's fifth birthday occurs on or before September 1 of the second year, and thus is eligible to attend kindergarten, they will no longer be eligible to remain in CSPP after they begin kindergarten or as of September 30, whichever comes first.

    Age EligibilityFor Fall 2024 we are enrolling children born between 9/2/2019 and 12/1/2021, and will open to additional children as they turn 3 years old if we have openings to do so 

    California State Preschool Program (CSPP) services shall be limited to:

    • Four-year-old children: children who will have their fourth birthday on or before December 1 of the year that they are enrolled in the program, or a child whose fifth birthday occurs after September 1 of the year they are enrolled in the program and whose parent or guardian has opted to retain or enroll them in a California state preschool program.
    • Three-year-old children: children who will have their third birthday on or before December 1 of the year that they are enrolled in the program. Children who have their third birthday on or after December 2 may be enrolled on or after their third birthday. 

    Categorical Eligibility (one or more categories must be met):

    • Family is experiencing homelessness
    • Child has a disability/exceptional needs (see definition below)
    • Family is income eligible, with an income at or below 100 percent of the state median income. (Table below.) 
    • Family is a current CalWORKS aid recipient and/or has a member of its household who is certified to receive benefits from Medi-Cal, CalFresh, the California Food Assistance Program, the California Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, the federal Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, Head Start, Early Head Start, or any other designated means-tested government program as determined by the CDE
    • Child receives child protective services, or has been identified as being abused, neglected, or exploited, or at-risk of same
    • After all otherwise eligible children have been enrolled, if the family has an income that is no more than 15 percent above the income eligibility threshold, a child may be eligible (this allowance is limited to 10 percent of the total contract). 


    State Fiscal Year 2024–25 Schedule of Income Ceilings:

    Family Size Family Yearly Income Ceiling (100% of SMI) Family Monthly Income Ceiling (100% of SMI) Maximum Monthly Income for 15% above Income Eligibility Threshold
    1–2 $93,110 $7,759 $8,923
    3 $105,482 $8,790 $10,109
    4 $122,993 $10,249 $11,787
    5 $142,672 $11,889 $13,673
    6 $162,350 $13,529 $15,559
    7 $166,040 $13,837 $15,912
    8 $169,730 $14,144 $16,266
    9 $173,420 $14,452 $16,619
    10 $177,109 $14,759 $16,973
    11 $180,799 $15,067 $17,327
    12+ $184,489 $15,374 $17,680

    Source: 2022 American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample File


    Definition of children with exceptional needs/children with disabilities is the following (source):

    (1) Children under three years of age who have been determined to be eligible for early intervention services pursuant to the California Early Intervention Services Act (Title 14 (commencing with Section 95000) of the Government Code) and its implementing regulations. These children include an infant or toddler with a developmental delay or established risk condition, or who is at high risk of having a substantial developmental disability, as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 95014 of the Government Code. These children shall have active individualized family service plans and shall be receiving early intervention services.

    (2) Children 3 to 21 years of age, inclusive, who have been determined to be eligible for special education and related services by an individualized education program team according to the special education requirements contained in Part 30 (commencing with Section 56000) of Division 4 of Title 2, and who meet eligibility criteria described in Section 56026 and, Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 56333) of Chapter 4 of Part 30 of Division 4 of Title 2, and Sections 3030 and 3031 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR). These children shall have an active individualized education program and shall be receiving early intervention services or appropriate special education.