SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT related to Coronavirus

The State of California and County of Riverside has designated First School of the Desert an Essential Business. First School has been asked to remain open to provide child care for all Essential Workers and Professionals during this challenging health crisis. First School is open for business for all families who support our communities, and to lessen the harsh reality of COVID-19.

First School of the Desert practices strict daily health screening on both children and staff. We maintain sanitary facilities by disinfecting all surfaces multiple times throughout the day. Our after-hours custodial crews thoroughly sanitize our facilities every night.

We are currently accepting enrollments for all first responders, health care workers, and essential community employees. First School of the Desert has applied for an emergency “School Age” waiver with Riverside Community Care Licensing. If granted, First School Cathedral City and First School La Quinta will be licensed to care for 24 school age children each. We will post the results of our application as soon as Community Care Licensing completes the application process. First School has been part of our Desert Community family for over 32 years. Our clientele is our family and consequently we will serve you accordingly during this time of need. Be strong and stay healthy!

First School is pleased to announce we are accepting TODDLERS at our La Quinta and Cathedral City locations! We are accepting pre-enrollment (wait-list) at our Palm Springs location. This means children from the age of 18 months to 2 years of age are now welcome to enroll. Our preschool program can help your child stay at 1 facility until their school age years.


SPECIAL NOTICE: As you know, California has increased wages dramatically In the last 5 years First School has done its best to absorb these increases and not pass on the burden to our parents. Unfortunately, with another wage hike in January we must increase our rates to compensate our employees accordingly. We are still very competitive in the marketplace. We provide a safe, fun filled learning environment that enriches your child’s life on a daily basis. Click here to see the rate changes.

Welcome to First School

Welcome to the wonderful world of First School of the Desert. First School provides your family a successful and exciting approach to preschool education. We teach a developmentally appropriate curriculum that produces results because our students are having a blast while they learn! First School provides a perfect balance of academic and social instruction. If you are looking for a safe and fun center that provides your child a solid academic and developmental foundation, then you have arrived!

Your child's health and safety are paramount and that is why all of our staff members are certified in Pediatric C.P.R.. and in California Childcare Preventive Health and Safety! Since inception...Read more


Our Mission:

First School of the Desert strives to promote the advancement of young children through an unwavering dedication to the welfare and education of preschool students. Our mission success is achieved by creating a learning environment of fun and happiness. We devotedly endeavor to advance the development of young children through a concerted effort of professional teamwork.


Our Locations

Palm Springs
2300 E. Racquet Club Road,
Palm Springs, California 92262

Phone: 760 327-5005

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Cathedral City
69-440 McCallum Way,
Cathedral City, California 92234

Phone: 760 321-0090

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La Quinta
44-996 Adams Street,
La Quinta, California 92253

Phone: 760 772-2996

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Palm Desert
73247 Hovley Lane West,
Palm Desert, California 92260
Phone: 760 568-1889

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