Preschool and Aftercare

Mesquite Elementary Site Director,

Marcia Zatarain de Cortina, 879-2184

Vail Community Programs offers innovative programs that enrich learners of all ages. We provide opportunities for learning and growth, respect, interdependency, and success for all.

Community Programs offer the following:

Extended hours – 7 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Toddlers- ages 2-3 (Offered at Desert Willow ONLY)
Preschool- ages 3-5
KinderPlus – is a 3 ½ hour program designed to complement and enhance the school experience by extending the Kindergarten curriculum and providing a strong foundation from which students become engaged learners.
Before/After school programs – ages 5-11
D.E.S approved
During the breaks we offer Vail Discovery Camps & Enrichment Camps- ages preschool- 8th grade.

In Vail Community Programs children are immersed in A.C.A.D.E.M.I.C.S.

Active Learning
Critical Thinking
Achieving Focus
Developing perspective
Engaged learning
Making Connections
Intentional Instruction
Challenging Activities
Self-directed Learning


CLICK HERE  for registration and fee information (directed to the Vail Community Program’s website)


KIDCO: After-school Recreation Program, 791-4877

The City of Tucson Parks & Recreation provides an after-school recreation program for children ages 5-11, in kindergarten through fifth grade at Mesquite in the MPR from 2:45-6:00 PM.

KIDCO is only in session when school is in session.

KIDCO provides the following: 

A safe, comfortable place for children to be after school.

An opportunity for kids to express themselves through various art forms, sports and special events.

A place to practice physical fitness, experience healthy alternatives and learn respect for the body.

An environment that helps promote self-esteem, encourages listening and caring and where positive values are reinforced.

An opportunity to develop varied interests, to practice recreational skills and to experience positive use of leisure time.

A time for friendships and socializing.

KIDCO registration is handled through Registration Services on a space available basis during the school year. Contact Registration Services at 791-4877 for more information about KIDCO or visit their website at