Preschool Makes a Difference provides scholarships for low-income children to attend high-quality preschool.  The Thomas J. Long Foundation funds this program.

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Your child’s early years are very important. Research tells us that 90 percent of a child’s brain is developed by age 5.   Research shows that children who attend high-quality preschool are:

  • More likely to start kindergarten fully prepared to learn and less likely to start school with delays.
  • More likely to be better citizens and are less likely to require expensive social services.
  • More likely to graduate high school and earn more and less likely to drop out and be jailed.

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Use the links below to locate a quality preschool for your child. These preschools have been assessed for quality, have well-trained teachers, and provide stimulating learning environments. Learn more about high quality preschool

Preschools are listed by geographic regions of Contra Costa County.  The regions are color coded: West = green, Central = blue, South = black, and East = red.  Find your region, then click on it for a list of PMD-certified preschools in your area.



Preschool Makes a Difference scholarships may only be used at high-quality licensed child care programs that have been pre-screened and approved through an application process.  Scholarships are for families who:

  • meet income eligibility requirements
  • with children age 3, 4 or 5 years old (and entering kindergarten in the coming 2 years)
  • reside in zip codes 94801, 94804 or 94806 and enter kindergarten in West Contra Costa schools
  • reside in zip code 94565 and enter kindergarten in Pittsburg schools
  • reside in zip codes 94509 or 94531 and enter kindergarten in Antioch schools
  • reside in zip codes 94518, 94519, 94520 and enter kindergarten in Mt. Diablo schools

To apply, contact:

  • West County:  (925) 676-6610 ext. 7214
  • Central/East County:  (925) 676-6610 ext. 2221