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Desert Preschool Academy

Where Great Minds Are Born

Our goal at Desert Preschool Academy is to prepare children for the next stage of their lives through the development of motor abilities, thinking skills and healthy interactions with their peers. Keep reading to learn more!

Desert Preschool Academy (DPA) was founded in 2017 with its first site in Indio, California. Desert Preschool Academy is a 501(c) (3), nonprofit that provides little to no cost childcare services to low income families. We serve children ages Infant through 5. DPA provides nutritious meals and snacks under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). We currently have 9 child care facilities in Indio, Mecca, La Quinta, Thermal, Beaumont, Coachella and Moreno Valley. We have been in operation for 6 years serving over 300 children.

About Us


Our Mission

At Desert Preschool Academy, we aim to provide young children with the highest quality of care and education.  We provide a safe nurturing environment designed to foster physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development while recognizing that each child is unique.

Our Philosophy

Desert Preschool Academy provides a high-quality preschool experience in a safe, nurturing environment that promotes physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development in children. We believe that young children learn through play, and therefore the learning activities in Desert Preschool Academy are developmentally appropriate. Our goal is to help children gain 5 confidences, learn to trust, and socialize with others, experiment with their environment, and prepare children for kindergarten.

Assesing Children's Development and Curriculum Information


Learning Genie helps keep parents actively involved in their children's daily classroom activities.

Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ®) provides reliable, accurate developmental and social-emotional screening for children between birth and age 6. Drawing on parents’ expert knowledge, ASQ has been specifically designed to pinpoint developmental progress and catch delays in young children—paving the way for meaningful next steps in learning, intervention, or monitoring.

The Desired Results system is designed to improve the quality of programs and services provided to all children from birth through 12 years of age enrolled in early care and education programs, before-and after-school programs, and their families. 

We provide intentional age-appropriate instruction that is aligned to both federal and state standards. Our comprehensive, research-based programs integrate instruction across developmental domains and early learning disciplines.

Application & Enrollment Information 

Enrollment Process

Desert Preschool Academy targets low to moderate-income working parents with little to no cost of childcare. Our program offers childcare to parents that would otherwise be unable to work due to the costs associated with childcare. 

Intake Application

The following documents are required to place your child on our waitlist:

-Intake Application

-Birth Certificates for children who live in your household under 18 years old

-One month's proof of income

-Proof of address

-Employment Verification



You can email your documents to:


In addition to monthly parent meetings and bimonthly educational articles sent via Learning Genie. Desert Preschool Academy offers free parent education and training to our families through the many partnerships we have created with organizations throughout our communities including, but not limited to Help Me Grow! Loma Linda, Inland Regional Center, Bright Life Kids, The Carolyn E. Wylie Center, local school districts, and more!  

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Meal Menus


Monthly Resource


Daily Schedules

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Careers at Desert Preschool Academy

We are now hiring for:

  • Preschool Teachers 

  • Infant/ Toddler Teachers

  • Teacher Assistants

  • Site Supervisors


Send your resume and college transcripts to:


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Desert Preschool Academy Office Locations 

Family Services Office

Enrollment and Attendance

47795 Dune Palms Rd.

La Quinta, CA 92253

Phone: (760) 771-3445

Administrative Office

77570 Springfield Lane, Suite N

Palm Desert, Riverside County 92211

Phone: (760) 772-1478 

Fax: 760-259-2083  


Banning Office

3092 W. Ramsey St.

Banning, CA 92220

Phone: (951) 922-2123

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