Trustees in the Tustin Unified School District voted Monday to take the first step in seeking a state preschool program for 144 children ages 3 to 5.
If approved by the state, the district would create programs at six elementary schools, each teaching 24 children, from 9 a.m. to noon, when buildings for after-school child-care activities are available.
The program would serve income-eligible families and operate on a 175-day calendar. Child-development centers under subcontract to the district would operate the program, district officials said.
State funding of $380,000 annually would go to programs at the following schools: Guin Foss, Robert P. Heideman, C.C. Lambert, W.R. Nelson, Jeane Thorman and Tustin Memorial Academy.
Trustee Jane Bauer cast the lone dissenting vote, saying she hoped private preschools in the city would accommodate children whose families are unable to afford preschool.
With Monday's vote, the district will apply for the program with the state by Friday.