New income threshold increases access to preschool

April 3, 2018

San José Unified is excited to be participating in a pilot program to ensure that additional Santa Clara County families have access to affordable preschool. Through legislation passed last fall, the Individualized County Childcare Subsidy Plan allows counties to determine their own eligibility criteria instead of relying on state criteria.

In Santa Clara County, this means a family of four with a maximum monthly income of $5,922 and annual income of $71,064 now qualifies for a subsidy. Previously, local districts had to abide by the state median, with a maximum monthly income of $4,877 and annual income of $58,524 for a family of four. The new county-specific threshold takes into account the exceedingly high cost of living in our region and provides more families with early education opportunities.

If your child is 3 years, 9 months through 4 years old, check this chart to find out if you qualify for a subsidy:

To learn more about San José Unified’s preschool programs and find out how you can take advantage of this new opportunity, contact our Early Education Department at (408) 535-6083 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm or visit go.sjusd.org/preschool.

The individualized subsidy plan in Santa Clara County is modeled on similar pilot programs in San Mateo, San Francisco, and Alameda counties that proved to be effective and were made permanent. Through careful development, our county and its partners aim to address major challenges in the child care subsidy system to better meet the needs and priorities of families and providers.

San José Unified is one of ten public school districts participating in the pilot, and we need your help spreading the word. Please forward this message to any friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers with preschool-age children and encourage them to register for 2018-2019 today.