Preschool is an important part of early childhood development. Studies show that children who go to preschool do better in kindergarten. Generally, children who go to preschool learn better and are better able to behave in a classroom when they get to kindergarten. In partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), First 5 San Diego’s Quality Preschool Initiative provides high quality, half-day preschool in 16 communities throughout San Diego: Borrego Springs, Central San Diego, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Escondido, Lemon Grove, Mountain Empire, National City, San Ysidro, South Bay, Valley Center/Pauma, Vista, Oceanside, Ramona, Spring Valley, and Poway. To find a Quality Preschool Initiative site near you or for more information, call 1-888-5 FIRST 5 (1-888-534-7785) or click here.