• SVUSD offers preschool for 3 and 4-year-olds at three of our elementary schools, El Verano, Prestwood and Sassarini. 

    • El Verano offers two programs, an AM program from 8-11 am, and a PM program from 12-3 pm.
    • Sassarini offers a full-day program from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. 
    • Prestwood preschool is run by North Bay Children's Center (NBCC). Starting soon, Prestwood preschool plans to offer a full-time, full-year program. The hours are 7:30 am -5 pm.


    El Verano and Sassarini use a centralized enrollment process to place students of the highest need in our preschool programs.  

    Applications are available at the District Office at 17850 Railroad Avenue, Sonoma, or can be picked up at the school office. Submitting a preschool application does not guarantee your child a spot in preschool. Parents will first need to fill out an intake form and then, once qualified, they will need to fill out the preschool packet. Our team of eligibility specialists will review the completed preschool packet and reach out to let you know what programs they are tentatively being offered to your child. 

    Questions? Please contact the SVUSD Preschool Office at or by calling 707-935-1614


    If you would like to enroll in the Prestwood preschool program (NBCC) please contact Jennifer Arenal, Enrollment Specialist, or by calling 707-935-1614. More information can also be found here  


Expanded Transitional Kindergarten

  • Sonoma Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) expanded its Transitional Kindergarten (TK) programs in the 2022-2023 school year. TK offers children the opportunity to learn social skills, develop language and acquire the academic foundational skills necessary to succeed in school.   

    TK is taught by a credentialed teacher. The ratio of students to adults is approximately 12:1. This allows children to receive the extra attention and help they need to become capable, confident learners. The program is a full-day program and after-school care will be provided at no or low cost to families as needed. 

    For 2023-2024, students who turn 5 years old between September 2, 2023 and April 2, 2024 are eligible to enroll in transitional kindergarten.  Older students may enroll in kindergarten.  Three-year-old and younger four-year-old children may be eligible for our district’s preschool program. 


    Cut off dates for 23-24:

    Kinder: Students must be 5 by September 1, 2023

    TK: Students who turn 5 between September 2, 2023 - April 2, 2024 


    Enrollment Information

    To start enrolling in the TK program, please visit: New Student Registration portal 

    To start enrollment in kindergarten, please visit: New Student Registration portal 


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who can attend TK?

    All four-year-old children who turn 5 years old between September 2, 2023 and April 2, 2024 will be eligible to enroll in TK at an SVUSD school for 2023-2024.

    Which campus will offer TK programs for the 2023-2024 school year?

    SVUSD will offer TK classes at El Verano and Sassarini for the 2023-2024 school year. Currently, there are two TK classrooms at each site.

    If my child starts TK at a school that is not my neighborhood school, where does my child attend kindergarten?

    Students who attend TK at sites other than their neighborhood schools will return to their neighborhood school when they begin kindergarten.

    Where can I learn more?

    Please contact Michele Silkey at 707-939-4895 or by email at