101 West Cochran Street,
Simi Valley, California 93065
(805) 306-4500 Phone | (805) 520-6504 Fax

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Debbie Ballinger

Student Support Services 

(805) 306-4500 ext.4313


Laurie Cariker

Coordinator Early Child Programs

Justin Early Learners Academy

(805) 520-6619


Erin MacIntyre

Program Specialist

Justin Early Learners Academy

(805) 520-6619 ext. 3105


Pin Tanaka

Office Manager

Justin Early Learners Academy

(805) 520-6619

Early Childhood Program

Student Programs at JELA

Justin Early Learners Academy

Justin Early Learners Academy (JELA) is dedicated to serving the needs of our district’s youngest learners.  We are an integrated facility that incorporates several Simi Valley Unified School District programs including the Special Education Preschool Program, Ventura County Regional Infant Program, Preschool Speech Program, and the Adult School Learning Garden Parent Education Program.  The Simi Valley Unified School District/YMCA General Education  Preschool and after school Program and the Simi Valley First 5 Family Resource Center and are also on campus.  The agencies work collaboratively to achieve the same goal of being a premier early childhood facility for Simi Valley families and students.


Special Education Preschool Program

The Special Education Preschool Program is a play based and language enriched  program serving children ages 3 to 5 with special needs.  We address all areas of development including social, communication, motor skills, behavior and pre-academic/intellectual skills through structured play. We are committed to creating a developmentally appropriate environment that invites children to reach their fullest potential.


Preschool Speech Program

The Preschool Speech Program provides services for children ages 3 to 5 with assessed Speech and Language delays.  Students attend weekly speech services to address areas of concern such as intelligibility, articulation and social language. 

Ventura County Regional Infant Program

The Infant Program provides home and clinic based infant services to over 30 infants and toddlers ages 0-3 with special needs from Simi Valley and the surrounding districts.  Services are provided in the home, community and play group settings.  Professionals collaborate with families and each other to provide integrated services in natural settings.


Adult School Learning Garden Preschool

Parent education classes are designed to acquaint parents with characteristics common to the preschool child, including effective discipline techniques for each stage.  Classes provide parents with unique hands-on involvement with their children in a supportive, developmentally appropriate environment with age-appropriate materials and activities.   Contact 805-579-6200 for information.



Begins for students who are 5 years in age at the start of school and whose birthday occurs prior to September 1.

YMCA Preschool Program

The SVUSD/YMCA is a licensed preschool program  for potty trained children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years old.  They offer flexible times between 7A-6P, five-days per week, a low teacher-child ratio and a values-based curriculum. Call 805-583-5338 for fees and information.

Simi Valley YMCA

(805) 583-5338

Ages 2+ (Must be toilet trained)

Simi Valley First Five

Simi Valley First 5 is a “free” family center offering a safe, relaxed setting for family orientated programs for all children 0 thru 5 years old and their families. They provide families with parenting support/education, behavior management tools, health services, family & me enrichment classes, many resources and more. There are no income guidelines. Stop by the Simi Valley Resource Center in Room 13 or contact First Five at (805) 520-6619 Ext. 7.