Amanecer Developmental Preschool
Gilbert Public Schools Amanecer Developmental Preschool

2019-2020 Tuition Registration will begin in February 2019. 

Due to state licensing, children may not start class until their 3rd birthday.

A new district online registration process began on January 22, 2018.  Enrollment into that system does not register your child for an Amanecer Preschool class, it is entering information in the district system.  To register for Amanecer Developmental Preschool you must either register through the links on this page for a tuition spot once registration opens, or, if you have developmental concerns follow the instructions on the eligibility link to begin the screening process.

Registration is a two step process.

1. For all preschool students you must first do a pre-enrollment through the GPS website. This may be done PRIOR to registration opening. If you have had other children at GPS please choose the existing family option. This must be done every year for preschool students.

  (choose enrolling school age child)

2. Click on the appropriate link below and continue with registration instructions.                                     


For tuition information and registration links:  

For information on the screening process, evaluations or developmental delays:


Program Information

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

AM 8:15 - 10:45

PM 11:30 - 2:00

Tuition students may attend 3 days (M,T,TH) or 4 days per week (M,T,TH,F)
***All days, times and location are subject to change.***

Amanecer Preschool is for families with 3-5 year olds to attend three or four days per week. This play-based program is aligned with the Arizona Department of Education Early Learning Standards, with a focus on critical thinking skills and social/emotional development. Thematic units are explored by students using a variety of learning styles and modalities, which in turn, ignites curiosity and encourages sustained attention! Program is supplemented using Handwriting without Tears and Creative Curriculum intentional learning materials. Typically developing peers and those with developmental delays work together and grow in one inclusive environment.

Instruction is individualized based upon ongoing progress monitoring
 (Teaching Strategies GOLD) so the teacher knows what a child knows and what they are ready to learn next.  GOLD is an authentic, ongoing observational system for assessing children from birth through Kindergarten. It helps teachers observe children in the context of everyday experiences, which is an effective way to learn what they know and can do.

Group 1

The Amanecer preschool program provides opportunities for your child to:

  • Develop an enjoyment for learning
  • Explore and investigate for deeper knowledge
  • Develop problem-solving skills
  • Receive instruction from a certified teacher with the assistance of trained paraprofessionals
  • Build friendships with a variety of peers
  • Develop creativity
  • Learn how to be part of a classroom community
  • Receive individualized instruction informed by rigorous on-going progress monitoring data analysis
  • Build social-emotional competence
  • Build communication skills
  • Develop fine and gross motor physical skills
  • Develop pre-academic knowledge and skills
  • Engage in purposeful and productive play experiences that foster memory development, symbolic thinking, positive approaches to learning, positive social and language skills, math skills, and self-regulation instruction.

The Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory tools and strategies for your classroom. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning.

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is based on five fundamental principles. They guide practice and help us understand the reasons for intentionally setting up and operating preschool programs in particular ways. These are the principles:

    • Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning
    • Social–emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
    • Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
    • The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
    • Teacher–family partnerships promote development and learning.

    Our instruction is aligned to Arizona Early Learning State Standards developed by the Arizona Department of Education.


    Provide preschoolers with a play-based, developmentally-driven learning environment and variety of experiences which help each child learn and develop, achieving success in all areas, appropriate to their ability and stage of development.

    We believe that children:
    • Are precious and deserve to feel nurtured, special and unique
    • Need to feel safe to explore their world and try new things
    • Need to be stimulated academically
    • Must have the opportunity to experience a developmentally-appropriate curriculum that fosters their success.
    • Need opportunities to express their creativity
    • Need guidance to develop socially acceptable behaviors
    • Must have opportunities for meaningful play to help them develop fully and reach their individual potential.  
    We believe that families:
    • Must be valued for their bonds and traditions
    • Must have their dreams for their children fostered
    • Must be respected for their family’s unique needs  
    We believe that staff:
    • Must be valued for their vision, delight in children, skill, heart, and knowledge, and commitment to families
    • Must never lose their willingness to play
    • Must collaborate together to create optimal learning for children<

    Gilbert Educational Complex - Building A, 
    140 S. Gilbert Rd.
    Gilbert, AZ 85296


    Days, times, and locations are subject to change prior to the first day of school.

    For additional information, please call 480-892-9089

    ** If you are concerned about your child’s development please start with our screening process **

    Program Locations for 2019-2020
    Days, times, and locations are subject to change prior to the first day of school.

    Ashland Ranch
    Augusta Ranch
    Boulder Creek
    Canyon Rim
    Carol Rae Ranch
    Gilbert Elementary
    Greenfield Elementary
    Highland Park
    Oak Tree
    Playa del Rey
    Quartz Hill
    Sonoma Ranch
    Settler's Point
    Superstition Springs
    Towne Meadows
    Val Vista Lakes


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