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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

Preschool registration

For information on Developmental Preschool programs for children with special behavioral, emotional, physical or cognitive needs, please contact the LESD Special Education Department. The information below applies to Community Ed Preschool only.  For all other preschool-related questions, please contact Preschool Registrar Evette Medina at 623-535-6068.

Need help paying for Tuition?  DES  full or partial reimbursement is now available at all sites for preschool and Extended Day.  You can apply at any time!  To check if you meet the income requirements, visit the  DES ELIGIBILITY CHART.  To apply, visit:  INFORMATION ON HOW TO APPLY

Also, Quality First scholarships are available at some schools for 2024-2025.  These only apply to preschool, and will only be available at Litchfield Elementary and Verrado Middle School. The application window for QF Scholarships opens in July each year. To see if you meet the eligibility requirements, visit:  INFORMATION ON HOW TO APPLY 

Note: On April 19, 2024 we were informed that due to the loss of federal grant funds, Quality First scholarships are being suspended at all of our preschool sites except Litchfield Elementary and Verrado Elementary.  2024-2025 School year preschool registration 

Preschool Eligibility Requirements: 1. Three or four years old by august 1, 2024,  2. Able to use the bathroom independently,  3. A resident of the Litchfield Elementary School District boundaries.

To initiate the registration process please complete THIS PRE-REGISTRATION FORM, then review these instructions.  After completing the form, you will be sent further information on how to complete the registration process.  Note:  REGISTRATION IS NOT FINALIZED UNTIL ALL REGISTRATION STEPS ARE COMPLETED, INCLUDING ONLINE DISTRICT REGISTRATION, IN-PERSON MEETING WITH THE PRESCHOOL REGISTRAR, AND ENROLLING IN A PAYMENT ACCOUNT THROUGH THE ELEYO PORTAL.


Fees and Tuition

There is a $25.00 non-refundable fee due when requesting to have your child's name added to a current waitlist. A non-refundable $50.00 annual registration fee is required per family when enrolling or re-enrolling. Registration fees are waived for LESD Employees.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO APPLY NOW FOR DES TUITION ASSISTANCE or a QUALITY FIRST SCHOLARSHIP which may pay for a portion or all of your child's monthly tuition.  DES subsidies are available at all of our preschool sites, and a very limited number of Quality First scholarships will be available only at Litchfield Elementary and Verrado Middle School.  

Note: Fall and Spring Break camps are not included as part of full-day Preschool tuition. For camps, online registration is required; Students not registered for camps through the Eleyo portal will not be admitted.

Current School year Preschool Registration

New Students: For information on which locations may still have openings and to schedule a registration appointment, contact our preschool registrar at 623-535-6068 or via email.  


Q: What is the "Peer Mentor Class?"  A: Peer Mentor or "PMC" classes are fully licensed, smaller four-day per week programs offering discounted tuition to typical (non-disabled) students.  Class size is limited to no more than 16 students, and half of the students in the class are typical students or "peer mentors," and the other half have mild developmental disabilities. This proven model encourages both the typical students and the students with special needs to learn how to be friends and to help each other in a nurturing environment with extra support.  Each of the two classes has a credentialed teacher-facilitator with one or more assistants, and a Special Education certified supervising teacher directs and assists the students with disabilities in both classes. 

Q: I filled out the online pre-registration form - am I registered?  A: If you filled out the pre-registration form online but haven't been contacted, please get in touch with our preschool registrar.  Your child is not fully registered until you have made an appointment to complete the registration process at our office. 

Q: I registered in Eleyo, why haven't I been contacted?  A: Eleyo is the program used to create payment accounts and to track student attendance, and does not register anyone for preschool.  To register, start by filling out the pre-registration form linked above.  

Q: What is the monthly tuition rate? A: For current fees, please see "Fees and Tuition"  in the parent handbook.  Tuition is billed monthly and is based on the average number of school days per month; The rates are the same each month regardless of how many school days there are in a month.  

Q: What documents will I need in order to complete registration?  A: To finalize registration you will need: Parent/guardian's photo ID (such as driver's license), proof of residency (such as a recent gas or electric bill) and immunization records. Also, within 30 days of registering we must receive a copy of the child's birth certificate.  Please note that your registration will not be final until you have created an online payment account through Eleyo.  

Q: Why are we charged the same amount for months with fewer days due to fall break and winter break?  A: In response to feedback from families who want to budget a consistent amount each month, tuition is calculated based on an average of 18 days per month (180 days over 10 months).  You won't be charged less in "short" months, but you also aren't charged more in "long" months.  The number of program days in each month for 2023-2024: Aug:19,  Sept:19, Oct:17, Nov:18, Dec:16, Jan:16, Feb:19, Mar:16, Apr:22, May:18.  Peer Mentor Class tuition is also based on the average number of days offered per month: 14.4 days (144 days in 10 months).



We no longer charge online payment processing/transaction fees. 

Current Preschool Rates can be found HERE.  Preschool rates are subject to change at any time due to increases in program costs.  

Full-Day and regular half-day classes run Monday-Friday, half-day Peer Mentor classes run Mon,Tues,Thurs,Fri (no class on Wednesdays).  Full-day tuition includes the Extended Day Program before and after class from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. All-day tuition also includes teacher in-service days, but NOT Extended Day camps during Fall and Spring breaks (online camp registration is required).  Multiple-child discounts are available.  

LESD staff should contact our office via email or phone for information on employee discounts.




Please 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 or email.

Tuition and programs are subject to change.

Contact Us

Registrar office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30AM to 4:00PM. Accounts and payments hours are 7:30AM to 3:30PM.  

Preschool or Developmental Screening Information:
Contact Evette Medina 623-535-6068