Preschool & Child Development
Since 1973 the Hacienda La Puente USD Child Development/Early Primary Programs Department has been providing quality early childhood education for young children in the communities of La Puente, Valinda and Hacienda Heights. We take pride in our programs and we strongly believe in partnering with parents to ensure children's successful transition into kindergarten.
Quality Child Care
Learn about the importance of early childhood education for your child's future-
Inform yourself with research on all stages of human development to better understand the health of children, adults, families and communities
Accessible and affordable early and school-age care and education programs for low-income families:
When looking for educational and developmental services and resources, choose the National Association for the Education of Young Children:
Facts and Trends on Child Care
Facts and figures on child care (statistics from the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies)
Discover trends about major issues affecting children today:
Other Helpful Resources for Parents
As a parent there are many ways you can help your child be successful every single day. The sites below will provide information, resources and tips for helping your child learn to read as well as bilingual book lists and much more.
Find programs that match your needs and qualifications:
Head Start (half-day & Full day classes)
State Preschool (half-day classes)
Child Development Center (all day/year round)
All preschool students are assessed during the school year using the Desired Results Development Profile, a research-based observation tool, to determine the developmental level of each student in the areas of personal and social competence, effective learning, physical and motor competence, and health and safety.
Student Services Center
15801 Sierra Vista Ct. Rm 12
La Puente 91744
Amar Children's Center
1000 N. California Ave, La Puente CA 91744
Director Child Development
It is the mission of Child Development/ Early Primary Programs to provide quality learning opportunities for all children enrolled in our programs.
The Child Development/ Early Primary Programs is a community of faculty, staff, parents and children who are committed to developing life-long learners of all ages and who value themselves and the diversity of all people.
Our Preschool Curriculum
The philosophy behind our curriculum is that young children learn best by doing. Learning isn't just repeating what someone else says; it requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn firsthand about the world we live in. In their early years, children explore the world around them by using all their senses (touching, tasting, listening, smelling, and looking). In using real materials such as blocks and trying out their ideas, children learn about sizes, shapes, and colors and they notice relationships between things.
Play provides the foundation for academic or "school" learning. It is the preparation children need before they learn highly abstract symbols such as letters (which are symbols for sounds) and numbers (which are symbols for number concepts). Play enables us to achieve the key goals of our early childhood curriculum. Play is the work of young children.