Building Blocks Preschool Program

Gilbert Public Schools Building Blocks Program

Gilbert Public Schools is proud to offer Building Blocks Preschool, a full day preschool program that allows your 3, 4, or young 5-year-old firsthand experiences of what it means to be a student. Our uniquely designed curriculum, based on the AZ Early Childhood Standards, helps create a foundation for your young student to build upon as they move towards their school career. The goal of Building Blocks is to help prepare our children for Kindergarten, feeling comfortable and confident within the school environment.


We believe academics and social development are intertwined, and that curriculum is a living, growing aspect of preschool. We have a commitment to each school’s design and firmly believe that this commitment is crucial to our students’ success. We begin by understanding that every student is different. We focus on using each student’s strengths to build upon those areas that need developing. Learning is applied through academics and exploratory play. These activities can be child-directed or teacher directed. With a fluid schedule, teachers are then able to assess transitions and begin to build a foundation tailored to each individual student.

AZ Early Learning Standards is the framework to our curriculum, and it is annually accessed to ensure best practices. The Building Blocks’ module is influenced by kindergarten standards and is collaborative with kindergarten teachers. Fundations and sight words are introduced through 4 small-sided learning centers and 3 large group centers based on weekly themes with built-in “Brain Breaks” between learning centers. “Brain Breaks” are equally important both inside and outside of the classroom with opportunities for PE, Library, Music, Art, etc. Building Blocks passionately encourages school involvement through fun runs, assemblies, school pictures, spirit weeks, and other fun site-specific activities.

Building Blocks Parent Handbook 2018-2019

Please contact the Community Education Department for information regarding the 2018-2019 at 480.892.9089.

Eligibility Requirements

Our 4’s program requires the child to be 4 years old on or before August 31st. Our 3’s program requires the child to be 3 years old on or before August 31st. Both programs require children who participate in the program to be fully potty trained, no pull-ups.


Building Blocks provides a flexible, a la carte, “you pick” schedule. Our Extended Day option is from 6:30am - 6:00pm. Our School Day option is from 8:15 am – 3:15 pm. There are both weekly and daily rates apply to both options. Scheduling can be done through an online platform, which allows you to pay and create your schedule for each week.

Snacks & Lunches

Building Blocks will provide a full healthy breakfast for those families choosing the extended day option. Family style snacks will be provided to all students. Building Blocks’ students will be eating in the school cafeteria. Although lunch will not be provided, the student will be enrolled in the school lunch program so they may purchase a hot lunch.

Building Blocks 3’s Information

Within the 3’s program, students will engage with specially designed, curriculum-based material. By utilizing circle time students are introduced to letters, numbers, colors, days of the week, months, and weather. While using a small group setting, our 3-year-olds’ complete six learning centers a day. In between learning centers are lunch, rest time, and exploration play. The day begins and concludes with a structured based play which focusses on socialization.

Building Blocks 4’s Information

By constructing curriculum containing a more challenging approach to the same subjects included in our 3’s program, our 4 and young 5-year-olds continue to master letters, numbers, colors, the calendar, writing their names, addresses, phone numbers, and begin preparation for reading readiness. Socialization and opportunities to build friendships are encouraged throughout our before and after-school day schedule. Upon completion of the Building Blocks program, our students have the foundation in place to enter kindergarten with the tools, experiences, and passion for learning, that helps to ensure academic success now and well into the future.

Daily Routine & Standards 
(See sample schedule below. All schedules are subject to change per site.)

  • 6:30-8:15 Free Rotations & Family Style Breakfast
  • 8:15-8:30 Brain Breaks
  • 8:30-9:00 Circle Time & Calendar
  • 9:00-10:20 Small Group Learning Centers
  • 10:20-10:30 Brain Breaks
  • 10:30-11:00 Recess
  • 11:00-11:30 Lunch
  • 11:30-1:00 Rest Time and Quiet Activities
  • 1:00-1:45  Brain Breaks & Reading Readiness
  • 1:45-2:45 Small Group Learning Centers
  • 2:45-3:00 Snack Time
  • 3:00-3:30 Story, Music & Movement, Circle Time
  • 3:30-6:00 Free Rotations & Recess

Instruction based on AZ Early Learning Standards

Small Learning Centers include:

  • Language and Literacy Standards
  • Mathematics Standards
  • Science Standards
  • Social Studies Standards
  • Physical Development, Health and Safety Standards
  • Fine Art Standards 
  • Each week is highlighted with a theme, letter, number or mathematic principles, fine art elements & principles, or language and literacy principles.    

Gilbert Public Schools Building Blocks Preschool Program Registration

To register your child:  If you have never created an online family account, click "New Account".  If you have previously set up a family account, click "Existing Account".
New Family Registration
Existing Family Registration

Note: If you have already registered for GPS Enrichment (formally Club Discovery), VIK Club or the Kindercamp Program, please submit your registration for additional class/classes through your existing account, using your username and password. Once logged in, click the registration tab to register for a class.

Contact Us

Community Education Programs Online Registration FAQs

Call the Community Education Office at 480-892-9089 ext. 100. For those families without computer access, Community Partnerships has computer terminals available at our office located at 6839 E. Guadalupe Rd. in Mesa.

Parent Handbook 2019-2020.pdf

Registration / Fees (non-refundable) 2019-2020 School Year

Registration Fee:
February 11th – May 31st: $25 registration

June 1st – August 11th: $35 registration
August 12th and beyond: $50 registration

Preschool Fee:
School Day (8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.) is $40.00 per day / $180.00 per week
Full Day (6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) is $44.00 per day / $200.00 per week

5% Sibling discount & GPS employee discounts are available


  • Ashland Ranch (4) 1945 S. Ashland Ranch, Gilbert, AZ 85295
  • Burk Elementary (4) 545 N. Burk Street, Gilbert, AZ 85234
  • Canyon Rim Elementary (3&4) 3045 S. Canyon Rim, Mesa, AZ 85212
  • Carol Rae Elementary (3&4) 3777 E. Houston Avenue, Gilbert, Arizona 85235
  • Finley Farms Elementary (3&4) 375 South Columbus Drive, Gilbert, AZ 85296
  • Gilbert Elementary (Dual-Language 3&4)175 W. Elliot Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85233
  • Highland Park Elementary (4) 230 N. Cole Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85234
  • Islands Elementary (4) 245 McQueen Road, Gilbert, AZ  85233
  • Meridian Elementary (3&4) 3900 S. Mountain Rd., Mesa, AZ 85212
  • Mesquite Elementary (4) 1000 E. Mesquite Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85296
  • Playa del Rey Elementary (3&4) 550 N. Horne St., Gilbert, AZ 85233
  • Quartz Hill Elementary (4) 3680 S. Quartz Street, Gilbert, AZ 85297
  • Settler's Point Elementary (4) 423 E. Settlers Point Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85296
  • Sonoma Ranch Elementary (3&4) 601 N. Key Biscayne Drive, Gilbert, AZ  85234
  • Spectrum Elementary (3&4) 2846 S. Spectrum Way, Gilbert, AZ 85295
  • Superstition Springs Elementary (3&4) 7125 E. Monterey Avenue, Mesa, AZ  85209

* Locations are subject to change.


Regular school day, M-F 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM
Full school day, M-F 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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