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Preschool Neighborhood Friends

What is the Preschool Neighborhood Friends Program?    


Preschool Neighborhood Friends is a program where typical peers have the opportunity to go to school with preschoolers with special needs. The Program is located at Eader Elementary School, and we are currently accepting applications for children who are 4 years old for the upcoming school year.  


What makes this Program unique? 


Preschool Neighborhood Friends learn alongside peers with autism and other special needs, in a structured, positive, and nurturing setting taught by high quality staff.  In each classroom, the staff include a credentialed special education teacher and special education trained paraeducators. The staff use best practices and research-based methodology for early childhood education.  There is a small staff to student ratio, and students participate in whole group, small group, and individualized learning opportunities.  Students acquire foundational kindergarten readiness skills, as they develop learning to learn, social, language, and behavior management skills.

Who is an ideal Preschool Neighborhood Friends candidate? 

As a role model for students with autism and other special needs, a good candidate must exhibit strong language, behavior, play, and social skills.  Preschool Neighborhood Friends must be independently toilet trained.

How many days a week can I enroll my child for and what is the cost?

  • Students can be enrolled either 3 or 5 times a week, 2 hours, 50 minutes per day (M, T, W, F) and 2 hours (Th).
  • Schedules for Preschool Neighborhood Friends for the 2019-2020 school year are:
    • Early Bird: 8:10 am - 11:00 am (M, T, W, F) and 8:10 am - 10:10 am (Th)
    • Late Bird: 11:35 am - 2:25 pm (M, T, W, F) and 10:15 am - 12:15 pm (Th)
  • The Program is located at Eader Elementary School.
  • Tuition is $150.00 per month for 3 days a week and $235.00 for 5 days a week.
  • The tuition is due the 15th of the prior month, starting in August and ending in May.
  • Parents must provide their own transportation
When is the first day of school?
September 5, 2019
What do I need to do to enroll my child?
To apply for the program, please complete and submit an application electronically to Cheryl Nord at
You can also drop off or mail the completed application to:

Cheryl Nord

Program Specialist

Huntington Beach City School District

8750 Dorsett Drive

Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Where can I find the application?
Applications can be downloaded here:
What happens after I submit an application?
Applications will be reviewed and parents will be contacted for a play-based observation to see how their child interacts with peers. In some circumstances, children will need to attend two observation sessions. These observations are conducted by district staff to determine eligibility for the Preschool Neighborhood Friends program.

Please contact:
Cheryl Nord, Program Specialist, at, (714) 964-8888 ext. 2074
Jennifer Ross, Student Services Department Assistant, at, (714) 964-8888 ext. 2049