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PACE Preschool

What is PACE?

“The wonders of childhood are mirrored in the world of play”
--Cecilia Avalos, Founder of TUSD PACE Program

The Parent and Child Education (PACE) Preschool Program serves four and five year old children and their families. Class size is limited to 16 students. Children attend class four hours a day, five days a week. PACE staff conduct home visits with child’s families and offer workshops for families to assist them in their roles as their child’s first and most important teachers. Families participate in the classrooms and attend fieldtrips. The commitment required of each family participant is significant; the benefits enjoyed by parents and children are far reaching and long lasting. We strongly believe that families are vital to their child’s development.

Hollinger PACE Preschool maintains a consistent program with developmentally appropriate practices in a stimulating challenging and creative environment. The first years of a child’s life is growing and developing at an amazing rate. Therefore, we expose your child to a variety of quality experiences that are crucial to his/her development. Hollinger PACE is an exceptional learning place for our children. Our children build their knowledge through active learning. The program helps children become life-long learners through a safe nurturing environment, so that children can learn to be independent, creative and problem solving individuals. We lay the foundation for the inner strength and resilience necessary for each child to meet the demands of his or her world. Our curriculum encourages choice making, autonomy and social competence. Learning is an on going evolving process which is an individual continuum of acquired practices. Large motor skills are acquired by climbing, running, building with large blocks and riding tricycles. Small motor skills are developed by making puzzles, painting, drawing, sewing, play-dough and cooking with children. We focus on all areas of the curriculum: physical development, language and literacy, math, science social studies, the arts, and personal/social development. A child’s learning experiences are relevant and meaningful. It is truly amazing to be reminded how education impacts every student through his or her life. Hollinger PACE Program looks forward to working closely with our PACE families in this important endeavor. Please feel free to contact us for further information.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy supports the belief that parents and teachers working together maximize each child’s potential by building on the knowledge and skills that have been acquired from culture, language and past experience.

What PACE Includes

. engaging learning experiences and project

. parent workshops and new friends.

. field trips

. family style meals

. dental, vision and hearing screening

. exciting indoor and outdoor play activities.


  • To qualify for PACE, the following requirements must be met:
    The child must be four years old by August 31 of the current school year.
    The child's family must reside with the attendance areas of TUSD.
    The family income must fall within the guidelines established by USDA Child Nutrition Program for free and reduced meals.

    The Hollinger PACE Program was accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children and is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services of Childcare Licensure.
  • Para calificar para el programa de PACE, debe cumplir los siguientes requisitos:
    El niño debe tener cuatro años de edad para el 31 de agosto del año escolar actual.
    La familia del niño debe residir en las áreas designadas por TUSD.
    Los ingresos familiares deberán estar dentro de los límites establecidos por el programa de nutrición infantil de USDA para comidas gratis y reducidas.

    El programa de PACE en Hollinger fue acreditado por la Asociación Nacional para la educación de los niños y esta bajo la regulación de el Departamento de Salubridad del Estado de Arizona.

PACE Calendar


Meet the Staff

Community Resources/ Recursos Comunitarios

  • TUSD Family Resource and Wellness Center
    Catalina High School
    3645 E. Pima
    Tucson, AZ 85716
    (520) 232-8400
  • Parent Connection
    Resource, education prevention and support center for parents of children 0-5 years old.
    (520) 321-1500
  • Pima County Health Department
    Numerous Health Programs available in addition to referral for free or limited cost health services such as dental and vision.
    (520) 740-8267
  • Parents Anonymous
    Parent support and crisis intervention for child abuse prevention
    (520) 622-6869
  • Casa de Los Niños
    Temporary shelter for children in families undergoing significant crisis or stress.
    (520) 624-5600

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