CMSD Membership

Registration for 2023-24 session is now on case-by-case basis. Please get in touch with our Membership sevak for additional information.

CMSD COVID-19 Protocols

CMSD is concerned about the safety and well-being of all children, adults, sevaks and sevikas attending the events, including the "Information & Registration session" and regular Sunday sessions. Given the current status of COVID-19 we are requiring everyone to follow California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) guidelines for COVID-19.

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Family Registration

Bala Vihar, Shishu Vihar as well as programs for adults are for entire family’s spiritual growth. All adults in the family, children ages 3 and above up to grades 12 are enrolled when a family registration is completed. The sessions are held on Sundays with approximating the Poway Unified School district’s calendar. Children are in Shishu Vihar program if they are 3 years old on September 1st of that school year, and in Bala Vihar if they are in grade Pre-K (one year before KG) through 12 in a regular school in the matching grade. Shishu Vihar is a "mommy-and-me" program.

Venue: Chinmaya Jyoti

Address: 12249 Ninth Street, Poway CA 92064

Language classes are offered for the children in grades 1 through 8 and are dependent on sevak availability. They are part of the Bala Vihar program. For last several Bala Vihar years, we have been offering Hindi, and Tamil. Enrollment in language classes is optional.


2023-24 Session dates

Start Date: Sunday, August 20, 2023
Last day: Sunday, June 16, 2024


2023-24 Registration:

Registration for 2023-24 is on a case-by-case basis. Language class registration will be after the session starts on Sunday, August 20, 2023.

  • For each child we require:
    • Shishu Vihar children to be 3 years on or before September 1, 2023
    • Bala Vihar children to be in grades Pre-K (one year before KG) through 12 in academic year 2023-24
    • Details about medical conditions, allergies and medical issues
  • A family photo: All families must have a recent family photo in their family information. For families that have enrolled at least one child, this photo should have been taken since May 1st of this year. For families not enrolling any children, the photo should have been taken within last 5 years. The photo should have all adults responsible for children and show clearly visible and identifiable faces. Other requirements of the photo are:
    • Photo should be color photo in high resolution that is not blurry, grainy or pixelated
    • Clear image of the faces without any filters or effects
    • No selfies or digitally altered photos
    • Plain white or off-white background
    • Taken in normally worn clothes or simple Indian clothes as per Etiquettes and Guidelines
    • Photos should show full faces including clearly visible hairline
    • For examples of good photos, please see https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/requirements/photos.html

2023-24 Sunday schedule during session

Program Arrive at Starts at Ends at
Shishu Vihar (age 3) 11:15 AM 11:30 AM 12:30 PM
Bala Vihar: Pre-K, KG, Grades 1-8 without language enrollment 8:45 AM 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Bala Vihar: Grades 1-8 with language enrollment, Grades 9-12 8:45 AM 9:00 AM 12:30 PM with break from 11:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Adults: Gita discourses followed by discussion group 8:45 AM 9:00 AM 12:30 PM with break from 11:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Member Communication

E-mail Senders

Chinmaya Mission San Diego sends e-mails from following addresses; so it helps to add them to your contacts. Also, if you do not find the communication in your Inbox, please check your spam/junk mail settings.


Weekly Communicator

During the session Chinmaya Mission San Diego conveys information to registered families through Weekly Communicator that is sent out every Thursday before noon. Please keep your profile updated so that you do not miss out on any communications. If you do not find the communicator in your Inbox, check your spam/junk mail settings. Weekly Communicator is sent from [email protected]. Please do not forward these to anyone as it is for current members only.


CMSD Portal

During the session, families with registered children are also enrolled in CMSD Portal. CMSD Portal e-mails come from [email protected] and the e-mails have children's grade-specific notices. There is no fixed schedule for these e-mails. Please do not forward these to anyone as it is for current members only.