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PEEPs Preschools

PEEPs Interest Form
  • New for 2021
  • Ages: 3, 4 and 5
  • Free for qualifying kids
  • IEPs welcome

Supported by:
Pima Early Education Program Scholarships (PEEPs)

PEEPs Preview

New and Expanded Preschools in 2021

Openings have been pushed back to Nov 15th for the following schools:

Borton, Cavett, Ford, Robins, Warren, and Vesey

The first day of school will be determined by when we can properly hire and staff each classroom. Once a classroom has a teacher and teaching assistants hired, we will reach out to you for placement.

Until then please only fill out one interest form. You will automatically be placed on a waitlist and will only be contacted when we begin placements.

These eight programs will serve children 3, 4 and 5 years old. Each site will have a certified preschool teacher and two assistants to teach up to 18 students.

  • Borton Magnet Elementary 700 E 22nd St., Tucson 85713
  • Cavett Elementary 2120 E Naco Vista, Tucson 85713
  • Ford Elementary 8001 E Stella Rd, Tucson 85730
  • Kellond Elementary 6606 E. Lehigh Dr. Tucson 85710
  • Robins Elementary 3939 N. Magnetite Ln, Tucson 85745
  • Schumaker IELC 501 N. Maguire Ave. Tucson 85710
  • Vesey Elementary 5005 S Butts Rd, Tucson 85757
  • Warren Elementary 3505 W. Milton Rd., Tucson 85746

If you do not see an school close to you, please check for additional Preschool Programs.


These new programs will be free for qualifying families.  Family qualify for the program based on household size and annual income as compared to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). 

  • Incomes less than 165% of FPL can qualify for DES (Arizona’s Department of Economic Security). 
  • Incomes less than 200% of FPL can qualify for PEEPs (Pima Early Education Program Scholarships)

The following table shows the guidelines for 2021 based on family size.  These amounts are based on the US Department of Health and Human Services 2021 Poverty Guidelines

If your income is equal or less than the value for your household, your child qualifies for free PEEPs preschool.
Family Size 2 3 4 5 6 7 8+
DES $28,743 $36,234 $43,725 $51,216 $58,707 $66,198 $73,689
PEEPs $34,840 $43,920 $53,000 $62,080 $71,160 $80,240 $89,320

Steps to enroll

Each site will have a maximum of 18 students, and will take students in the order they qualify for the program.  So please submit your interest form today! 

  • Submit a PEEPs Interest Form
  • Community schools will help you submit documents:
    • about your household income
    • showing your household size
    • of your child’s birthdate
  • Sign a statement of Attendance Expectations

Upon completion you will receive a Family Award Notification Letter, which verifies your qualification in this program for the school year.


How did PEEPs start?

Pima Early Education Program Scholarships

Thanks to the Pima County Board of Supervisors and our partners at Pima’s Community and Workforce Development, we are excited to expand our preschool programs.

The PEEPs mission is built on research which shows that children who attend high quality preschool programs are better prepared for kindergarten.  There are long term benefits, too: Children are more likely to graduate high school, have higher incomes, and have better health. High quality preschool benefits not only children, but also families, schools and our community as a whole.

The Tucson Unified School District is proud to be a partner with the county in this important investment in our future.

For more information, visit:
Pima Early Education Program Scholarships (PEEPs)

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