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A Tax Credit, which is the dollar-for dollar reduction of your tax liability, is better than a tax deduction, which only reduces your taxable income before taxes are computed.

Instead of sending all your state taxes to the State of Arizona, you can make a contribution to a public school. A.R.S. §43-1089.01 allows taxpayers a TAX CREDIT  up to $200.00 for “Single” or “Head of Household” tax filers and up to $400.00 for “Married Couple Filing a Joint Return” when contributing to EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES in public schools. This gives you the opportunity to help your local school. The tax credit is available to all taxpayers, regardless of whether they have children in school. It would be advisable to consult your tax advisor regarding your specific tax status.


Extracurricular activity means any optional, non-credit educational or competitive school sponsored activity that supplements the education program of the school. Activities such as sports, visual and performing arts, field trips, outdoor education or character education programs can be funded with tax credit money. Extracurricular activities do not include any events that are recreational, amusement or tourist activities.

You may select which school and which program you would like to support. The amount of the tax credit you take does not have to be for the total allowance. You can make a difference in our schools with just $50.00, $75.00, or $100.00. In addition, the credit may be split between one or more schools and/or one or more programs. 


Complete the attached form and return to the school of your choice by April 15, 2020 or mail to the District Office prior to April 15, 2020 in order to take it off your State of Arizona taxes at the time you file for 2019. Arizona Tax Credit Donation Form
Create an online payment by going to this link  

It is easy! The District will provide you with a receipt verifying that you have contributed to an eligible extracurricular activity.

For more information contact Wendy Taylor at the District Office, 623-535-6000.

When you provide a check as payment, you authorize the Litchfield Elementary School District (LESD) either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction


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Preschool Updates


 Contact Preschool Registrar Norma Chisolm via email or phone 623-535-6068 for information on any remaining available spots in full-day or half-day preschool.

For information on Developmental Preschool classes please contact the Preschool Registrar.  

Fall and Spring Break camps and early-release days are included in the price of full-day Preschool, but online registration is still required. Children who have not been registered online may not attend camp.

Families of LESD Preschoolers

We currently offer preschool five days per week. If your child is registered for LESD preschool and you have not been receiving our email notices, please contact us via email.

 Preschool Health and Safety Measures

Per ADHS/BCCL regulations preschool classes will be limited to no more than thirteen children per adult, and no more than 26 children per classroom. 

- Per district policy, the wearing of masks is now required (opt-out option available). 

- For Full-Day preschool we provide one nap mat sheet and parents are asked to provide another so that the mat sheets can be washed more often.

For questions regarding preschool registration please contact Norma via email or phone at 623-535-6068. 
For billing questions please contact Sandra or Angela via email phone 623-535-6046 / 623-535-6052.

what makes our preschool so exceptional?

  • All LESD preschool teachers are licensed and certified through the Arizona Department of Education or credentialed through an accredited early childhood licensing program. All have at least an associate's or bachelor's degree and many have master's degrees. Certified teachers have completed at least a four-year university program, a rigorous internship and student-teaching experience, passed state professional knowledge exams, and have complied with the training and experience requirements from the Arizona Department of Education Certification Unit. Certified teachers sign year-long contracts, meaning that the important teacher/student relationship is likely to continue throughout the entire school year.
  • Our preschools focus on developmentally appropriate learning opportunities within a social setting through the use of engaging structured play experiences and research-proven curricula. 
  • LESD proudly offers a high quality, standards-based Preschool Program which is licensed through the Arizona Department of Health Services. This hands-on, interactive program is geared to the developmental stages of three-, four- and five-year-old children in a multi-age classroom setting.
  • Our preschool program focuses on kindergarten readiness and serves as an exceptional opportunity to prepare your child for our "A" rated school district.
  • Nutritious snacks are provided and included in the monthly tuition. 
  • We use the award-winning Fundations literacy component in our preschool classrooms.
  • Our fun and engaging Extended Day program is included for full-day preschool students, starting at 6:00 AM and ending at 6:00 PM.
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 Preschool Registration Requirements
Children must be 3 years old by August 3, 2019, fully toilet trained (able to use the bathroom independently), and must live within the LESD boundaries. Children who are five years old by August 31 should be registered for kindergarten. Exceptions may be made for children who turn 5 in June, July, or August at the discretion of the Director of Community Education. 

half -day and full-day
preschool hours

  • Belen Soto Elementary School, All-Day 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM
  • Dreaming Summit Elementary School, All-Day 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Litchfield Elementary School, All-Day 7:35 AM - 2:20 PM
  • Litchfield Elementary School, Half-Day AM 7:35 AM - 10:30 AM, PM 11:30 AM - 2:20 PM
  • Mabel Padgett Elementary School, All-Day 7:40 AM - 2:25 PM
  • Palm Valley Elementary School, All-Day 7:30 AM - 2:15 PM
  • Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School, Half-Day AM 7:40 AM -  10:30 AM,   Full-Day 7:40 AM - 2:25 PM
  • Scott L. Libby Elementary School, Half-Day AM 8:20 AM - 11:10 AM, FULL-DAY 8:20 AM - 3:05 PM
  • Verrado Elementary School, All-Day 7:40 AM - 2:25 PM
  • Verrado Elementary School, Half-Day AM 7:40 AM - 10:35 AM, PM 11:35 AM - 2:25 PM
  • Verrado Heritage Elementary School, All-Day 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM


Call 623-535-6068 to inquire about possible enrollment openings. 


contact us
Contact Norma Chisolm via email or phone 623-535-6068.

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Preschool Payment Info: Via email or phone 623-535-6052/6046  
Note: If you are not using the online payment portal our office only accepts EXACT CASH, CHECK or MONEY ORDER for payment. For payment questions or to set up online payments, please call 623-535-6046/6052. When you provide a check as payment, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction.
Note: Tuition and programs are subject to change.
Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Parents/guardians are required to sign the child in and out of the classroom on a daily basis.

For Special Education Transportation questions please call 623-547-1575 / 623-547-1576 (
Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM).
Developmental Preschool Screening
Developmental Preschool Screening is offered to students who are at least three years of age and live in the Litchfield Elementary School District boundaries.To schedule an appointment for screening, a complete preschool registration packet and parent questionnaire must be turned in to the preschool office one week before the scheduled screening.
Preschool or Developmental Screening Information: 
Contact Norma Chisolm 623-535-6068
Community Education Preschool Office
Phone: 623-535-6068  Fax: 623-935-3715
Physical Address: 250 East Sagebrush Street. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
(behind/south Litchfield Elementary School)
Mailing Address: 272 East Sagebrush Street. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Community Ed) or 4:00 (Preschool Registrar)