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Important Note:  The move of the Emerald Glen Preschool Activity Center to Fallon Sports Park for the fall 2014 session is temporarily on hold.  Fall 2014 preschool classes will continue to be held at the Emerald Glen Activity Center located at 4201 Central Parkway.  There will be no construction taking place at the Emerald Glen site during the 2014 fall session.

Location and Contact Information

Dublin Preschool at Shannon Community Center
11600 Shannon Avenue (just off of San Ramon Road)
Dublin, CA  94568 

Dublin Preschool at Emerald Glen Park
4201 Central Parkway
Dublin, CA  94568

Mailing Address for Both Locations
City of Dublin Preschool
11600 Shannon Avenue
Dublin, CA 94568
To receive more information regarding our preschool program, please call (925) 556-4500, or feel free to email us at

To register, please go to

Description and Philosophy
City of Dublin’s preschool programs promote a warm and caring environment in which staff teaches a thematic-based curriculum with academic components. Students learn basic social and emotional development, language and communication skills, pre-reading skills, cognitive processing, analytical and mathematical skills, number, letter, shapes and color recognition, plus fine and gross motor development.

Both Preschools provide a nurturing environment where each child can grow, learn to express themselves, and simply have fun! All of our preschool teachers and aides have training in the area of Early Childhood Education and are committed to the success of each of our students.

  • Children in all stages of development are welcome (however they must be fully potty trained)
  • Proof of age and residency are required prior to acceptance into our preschool program. Please feel free to contact our preschool administrators at (925) 556-4500 for help with registration or placement.
  • Children must be registered in the appropriate class based on age. We reserve the right to make necessary changes if needed.
  • Parents are required to assist in the classroom 


3 Year Olds:
Our 3 Year Old Program is an introductory program to all areas of social, emotional, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, and sensory development. Our focus is on thematic play-based curriculum with academic components. This program is offered in two- or three-day per week options in the morning or afternoon and is designed for 3 year olds who are completely responsible for their own toileting needs.  The five-day per week option is not available for the 2014 - 2015 school year.  

4 Year Olds:
Our 4 year old program is a kindergarten readiness program that enhances social, emotional, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor and sensory development. This is also a thematic play-based program supplemented with academic components. 

This program is also offered in two- or three-day per week options in the morning or afternoon and is designed for 4 year old children who are completely responsible for their own toileting needs. The five-day per week option is not available for the 2014 - 2015 school year. 

Jr. Kindergarten
Jr Kindergarten is offered to students who are of Kindergarten age in order to provide them with a strong foundation of cognitive and developmental curriculum in preparation for public Kindergarten. (No assessment required.) 

Additionally, Jr. Kindergarten may be offered to 4 year-old children who, based on our assessment, have already achieved a strong foundation of the cognitive and developmental abilities of kindergarten level academic challenges. These children must pass a formal assessment and receive written acceptance into Jr. Kindergarten before the first day of class. Please contact to setup an assessment.

Jr. Kindergarten is a three-hour per day, four-day per week afternoon class. All students must meet the above criteria, be 4 or 5 years of age and have not turned 6 by September 1st of the current preschool year and is designed for children who are completely responsible for their own toileting needs.

Age Eligibility Requirements
Age Eligibility Requirements are the same for all three sessions 

  • 3 year olds - must be 3 years of age and have not turned 4 by December 1st of the current preschool year
  • 4 year olds - must be 4 years of age and have not turned 5 by December 1st of the current preschool year
  • Jr. Kindergarten – Jr. Kindergarten eligibility requirements are stated under PROGRAM information.

Curriculum & Activities

“Curriculum” is a term used to describe all of the components or elements used in our early education programs. The City of Dublin’s Preschool curriculum encompasses the following foundations:

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT: self-identity, sense of competence, emotions, empathy, community, building relationships, cooperative play, moral development, conflict resolution

LANGUAGE, LITERACY & COMMUNICATION: comprehension, speaking, vocabulary, phonological awareness, alphabetic knowledge, reading, concepts about print, book knowledge, writing, English language learning

MATHEMATICS: number words and symbols. counting, part-whole relationships, shapes, spatial awareness, measuring, unit, patterns, data analysis

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: observing, classifying, experimenting, predicting, drawing conclusions, communicating ideas, natural and physical world, tools and technology

CREATIVE ARTS: art, music, movement, pretend play, appreciating the arts, learning creative expression

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH: gross-motor skills, fine-motor skills, body awareness, personal care, healthy behavior

Class activities for all three programs are centered on developing these described foundations within a core of play-based scheduled activities: circle time, sharing, art & crafts, games, music and free play (inside and outside). Our typical day begins with the freedom to explore and build on social development. We also gather in small groups for activities that provide the opportunity for individual attention. These group activities include:

  • Science and sensory area -- enhances sensory awareness and development through developmentally appropriate science activities
  • Free art and craft area -- complements freedom of expression and our thematic learning component with specific focus on developing fine motor skills
  • Academic area – focusing on specific symbols, English language comprehension and concept skills
  • Block area -- building and engineering, experimenting, develop mathematical and analytical skills
  • Dramatic play -- promoting creativity and social development
  • Manipulative area -- strengthens cognitive development, alpha and number words and symbols. counting. part-whole relationships, shapes, spatial awareness, measuring, unit, patterns, data analysis and so much more!

We encourage all students to participate in craft and academic activities. Daily we gather together on the carpet for thematically based lessons, stories, songs, finger plays which continue to build on our theme for the week. One large group activity is included to help prepare children for the elementary classroom environment. every day, the children also enjoy snack time and outdoor recess.

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