City of Morgan Hill Recreation Preschool Program

The City of Morgan Hill Recreation Department offers a play-based preschool at the Community and Cultural Center (corner of Monterey and Dunne, 17000 Monterey Road). Morgan Hill Recreation Preschool provides a safe and nurturing environment for your child's first school experience. 

Our teaching team introduces hands-on learning opportunities through art, music, language, reading and math readiness, and motor skill activities. We will help your child develop social and academic skills to prepare for success in Kindergarten.

Reading a book together in class

2019-2020 School Year Information

Back-to-School Events

Preschool Parent Orientation Night 
(parents of enrolled students only – no children)
All Classes - Wednesday, August 28th 5:30pm-7:00pm 
Hiram Morgan Hill Room, Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road

Classroom Meet & Greet 
(parents/caregivers and enrolled students)
Little Learners - Thursday, August 29 9:00am-10:00am 
Afternoon Preschool - Thursday, August 29 12:30pm-1:30pm 
Kinder Learners - Friday, August 30 9:00am-10:00am 

Classroom Tours

Families of prospective students are invited to schedule a tour to see the classroom and meet the teaching team. If you are interested in a tour, please email Mariah Dabel, Community Services Supervisor. Or call 408-310-4277.   

Preschool Classes 

Little Learners  
Age 3 by September 1

Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00-11:30 am

Little Learners provides a fun and enriching experience with an emphasis on developing social and play skills through activities such as games, songs, finger plays, stories and art. Children must be 3 years old by September 1st. All students must be potty trained by the start of school. 
Monthly Tuition:  Resident: $223 / CRC Member: $213
                             Non Resident: $233 / CRC Member: $223

Kinder Learners


Age 4 by December 1

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
8:30-11:30 am

Children will develop social interaction skills through creative learning experiences. Language development, pre-reading, science, math, art, games, music, motor skills, drama and free play are emphasized to prepare children for kindergarten. 
Monthly Tuition: Resident: $328 / CRC Member: $318
                          Non Resident: $338 / CRC Member: $328

Afternoon Preschool 
Ages 3 and 4

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 
12:30-3:30 pm

The afternoon program is open to children turning 3 or 4 by September 1st. Children will develop social skills through activities, games, songs, and art. Language development, pre-reading, math, art, games, music, motor skills, drama and free play are emphasized to prepare your child for kindergarten. Children must be 3 years old by September 1st. All students must be potty trained by the start of school. 
Monthly Tuition: Resident: $328 / CRC Member: $318
                          Non Resident: $338 / CRC Member: $328

How to Register

​Fall 2019 Registration is open!
To register, fill out the Registration Packet and bring the items listed below to the Community & Cultural Center Welcome Desk (Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm) located at 17000 Monterey Road. 
  • 2019-2020 Registration Packet (PDF)
  • Voided check for automatic monthly payments
  • Proof of child’s age (Birth Certificate Copy)
  • Proof of child’s valid Immunization Record 
  • First month tuition payment (cash, check, or Visa/Mastercard)

Potty Training: children are required to be potty trained by the start of preschool. Our classroom does not allow any diapers, pull-ups, or training underwear. If you are concerned about potty training or have questions, please email Mariah Dabel, Community Services Supervisor. . 

Important Documents

Preschool Classroom - Virtual Tour


Curriculum and Learning Foundations

Little Learners Curriculum
Kinder Learners Curriculum 
Learning Foundations for all classes

Morgan Hill Recreation Preschool is all about play!  Research continues to reinforce the value of play. Selected articles below.

Turns Out Monkey Bars and Kickball Might Be Good For The Brain


  NPR EDKids with regular recess behave better, are physically healthier and exhibit stronger social and emotional development.

Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain (article)

  NPR ED Morning Edition
Children learn their most important lessons on the playground, not in the classroom, researchers say.


How Play Wires Kids’ Brains For Social and Academic Success

August 7, 2014  |  MindShift
“The function of play is to build pro-social brains, social brains that know how to interact with others in positive ways.”

Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten


Holly Korbey  |  July 23, 2014
“In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them move.”

Brains at Play

NPR |  August 4, 2014
Why do we humans like to play so much? Play sports, play tag, play the stock market, play Duck Duck Goose? We love it all. And we're not the only ones. Dogs, cats, bears, even birds seem to like to play. What are we all doing? Is there a point to it all?