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Tehachapi Tots

Tehachapi Tots is an enrichment, preschool program operated by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District. The Program serves children 3–5 years of age. Enrollment is open to the public, and children are admitted to the program without regard to race, color, creed, or sex.

Through fun filled activities, this program seeks to enhance you child's social, physical, emotional, and intellectual development. Activities include supervised play, singing, games, story-time, discussion of themes, special events, motor movement, field trips, and much more!

Come play, explore, and learn with us.
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Program Philosophy

To present to children activities that will foster their growth and development, encourage their curiosity, expand their interest, and help them recognize all of their potential.

You Have the Option for Two Tots Classes

We have our Tater Tots class for ages 3-4, and our Tall Tots class for ages 4-5. With our integrated curriculum, themes, and field trips, whether it is their first year in preschool or if they are preparing for kindergarten, we have a class perfectly fit for them! Classes can be doubled for Tater Tots to make full days.

Tater Tots

In this class, we will work on fine and gross motor skills such as holding scissors correctly or throwing a ball, numbers, shapes, colors, and letter recognition, communication (speaking in full sentences), self-help skills, and several other cognitive and social skills like recognizing their name and making new friends! We use many varieties of teaching for all learning types, and prepare for a smooth transition to Kindergarten, TK, or our Tall Tots class!

Tall Tots

  • Don’t meet TUSD TK cutoff?
  • Need a more challenging preschool class?
  • New to prepare your child for Kindergarten?

Our Tall Tots class is our older class for children aging 4 to 5 years old or second year of preschool. In this class, we intend to give these students a head start and provide the opportunity to grow in an environment designed for their age group. We will be teaching social-emotional skills, math skills including adding, subtraction, and counting up to 20, language skills (blending letter sounds, beginning stages of reading), social studies, and science! We use a curriculum tailored to the students to help them learn in many fun and interactive ways while still preparing them for their Kindergarten year.

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Registration: Must sign up at TVRPD District Office, 490 West D Street (map/directions)
Ages: Tater Tots: 3-4 years
Tall Tots: 4-5 years
Days / Times: Tater Tots Classes
Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM and
12:00 – 2:30 PM

Tall Tots Classes
Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Cost Per Class: Tater Tots: $147 monthly/per class OR $110.25 monthly/per class with In District Discount + 1x $95 Craft Fee
Tall Tots Class: $254 monthly/per class OR $190.50 monthly/per class with In District Discount + 1x $170 Craft Fee
Location: Tater Tots: Aspen Buildings, Inc. Activity Center, 410 W. D St. (map)
Tall Tots: Steven A Shy Activity Center, 311 East C St. in Central Park (map)
More Information: Contact the TVRPD District Office at 661-822-3228 ext. 107 or email
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Tots Teacher Tree

Kelsey Ketcheside, Tehachapi Tots Director Kelsey Ketcheside, Tehachapi Tots Director

Kelsey Ketcheside

Tots Director

Kelsey has been in the education field for over 13 years and early childhood education is her true passion. She started out as the Tots Teacher, expanded to two age group classes, remained the teacher for Tall Tots for 2 years, and is now the director of Tots.

Kelsie Hawkins, Tehachapi Tall Tots Teacher

Kelsie Hawkins

Tall Tots Teacher

Kelsie has been a part of the Tots Program for multiple years and has witnessed its growth and loves being an integral part of it. She left the medical field and found her new passion in the classroom.

Shyla Dock, Tehachapi Tater Tots Teacher

Shyla Dock

Tater Tots Teacher

Shyla has had the opportunity to serve in the Tater’s classroom for two years before assuming the role as Tater’s teacher. She loves participating in local basketball programs and instilling skills in Tots’ first school experience.

LIndsay Young, Tehachapi Tots Sub/Aide LIndsay Young, Tehachapi Tots Sub/Aide

Lindsay Young

Tots Sub/Aide

Lindsay has worked as a sports coach and children’s ministry teacher for multiple years and is working toward her child development associates teacher certificate and psychology degree to further her knowledge.

Rachel Molloy, Tehachapi Tall Tots Aide Rachel Molloy, Tehachapi Tall Tots Aide

Rachel Molloy

Tall Tots Aide

Rachel is a mom of 2 and found a love for the Tots program while her two children attended. She loves Kickboxing in a Jiu Jitsu gym, and being a part of a classroom element.

Mary Heeb, Tater Tots Aide Mary Heeb, Tater Tots Aide

Mary Heeb

Tater Tots Aide

Mary is a devoted mother of four, and after having spent 16 years as a stay-at-home-mom, homeschooling, and volunteering in various classrooms, she excitedly returned to work and joined the Tots program.