Fresno Early Learning Mission

To ensure all children in Fresno Unified School District have an equitable start for college, career, and life readiness, the Early Learning Department provides nurturing, child-centered environments and high-quality educational programs that value and respect the needs, languages, and cultures of all students, families, staff, and community to ensure all children an equitable start to being college, career, and life ready.

Core Beliefs

  • Every child develops (socially, emotionally, cognitively, linguistically, and physically) at an individual rate, possesses unique characteristics, and exhibits an array of talents and interests regardless of family background, culture, special need, experience, or ability. Collecting and interpreting data through ongoing authentic assessment is fundamental to understanding a child’s developmental and learning accomplishments and needs.
  • Purposeful play is an essential vehicle for developing self-regulation as well as for promoting language, cognition, social competence, and critical thinking skills.
  • Social, emotional, and cognitive development (including executive functioning) is foundational to academic learning.
  • Effective early literacy instruction provides children with developmentally appropriate settings, materials, experiences, and social support encouraging oral language and early forms of reading and writing to develop into conventional literacy.
  • The quality of the teacher-child relationship serves as a critical role in social and emotional development and has potential to exert a positive or negative influence on children’s ability to succeed in school.
  • Meaningful family engagement in children’s early development and learning supports school readiness and later academic success.

Nurturing children from 2 years old through 8-years old.

Heaton Early Learning Center offers early care and education for children whose parents are working, seeking work, attending school or a training program.  Full day and after school care are provided at no cost and low cost.

Heaton Early Learning Center is open 246 days per year from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

To enroll, please call the Early Learning Department at (559) 457-3684.

2023/24 Year

Geometry in PreSchool Classrooms

Geometry in PreSchool Classrooms

CDC & PreSchool using Focus Walls

Heaton CDC & PreSchool using Focus Walls for Units of Study!

This unit was on what people wear for their jobs

focus wall
focus wall

Young Chefs in Action

Young Chefs in Action
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