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Community Friends Preschool Program

About our Preschool Program

New for the 2021-22 school year, our preschool program (for 3 and 4-year-olds) will be offered at two locations: Buena Vista Elementary School and Aviara Oaks Elementary School.

Each preschool classroom is made up of a combination of students with special needs and students who are called “community friends."

A “community friend” is a child who displays developmentally appropriate skills (including self-help, behavior, speech/language, and social skills) for the purpose of modeling those skills for our students with special needs.

All of the students in the classroom benefit from exposure to a structured curriculum with expert teachers, focusing on the domains of social-emotional development, language and literacy, mathematics, physical development, and health.


Additional Details

  • Where: Aviara Oaks Elementary School and Buena Vista Elementary School. (we are currently full in our community friend program at both AOE and BV preschools)
  • Days: Monday through Friday, when Carlsbad Unified schools are in session
  • Times: 9:10 am to 12:30 pm and 11:40 am to 3 pm
  • Cost: $250 per month per child


  • Credentialed teachers! All of our professional educators hold a special birth-to-five-years special education teaching credential.
  • Low adult to student ratio (1:4). Each class is staffed with one teacher and at least two assistants, with no more than four students per adult in the room.
  • Structured classrooms with a developmental approach to instruction for three and four years olds.
  • Follows Carlsbad Unified school calendar for holidays and breaks.

Contact Information

For more information, contact:

Diana Salazar-Garcia
CUSD Program Specialist

You may also complete the application form here and we'll follow up with you directly.