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SoWashCo Community Education


SoWashCo Community Education is proud to serve our community by providing lifelong learning for all. Whether you're ready to learn a new skill, prepare your child for early learning or want to share your knowledge with the community, we're here for you. We serve Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, as well as, Afton, Denmark and Grey Cloud Island Townships. We are committed to collaboration, continuous improvement, equity, integrity and relationships.

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Community Education News

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Thank you for visiting Skoolie during the Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan at the M Health Fairview Sports Center last week. We appreciate the generous donations to our Winter Clothing Drive! We filled Skoolie with winter gear that will help keep SoWashCo students in need warm this winter. Those who donated during the event were entered into a drawing for a Coca-Cola trademarked polar bear. Congratulations to our drawing winners, Omar and Kea!

If you weren't able to attend the event there is still time to help. Visit the SoWashCo CARES website to find out how to donate winter clothing or to contribute financially.

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Kids Club News

Request your schedule now to begin child care in the new year.

  • Need a fun, safe and engaging child care option? Kids Club offers activities with a purpose and social-emotional learning with friends. 
  • Child care is provided before and after school hours at each elementary school within SoWashCo Schools during the school year. 
  • Full-day child care is available at combined locations during the summer and on non-school days. Registration is based on space availability. 
  • Fees apply. 

Information on locations, hours and fees can be found at

To request your scheduling for the remainder of the 2023-24 school year, visit our enrollment website to submit a schedule request. For questions on submitting your request or about availability at your child’s school contact Heather at 651-425-6639 or

We will begin accepting requests for scheduling for upcoming seasons: 

  • Summer 2024 at 9 a.m. on Feb. 1, 2024
  • School Year 2024-25 at 9 a.m. on April 22, 2024

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Early Learning News

Screening is recommended at 3 years old and is a quick and simple check of how your child is growing and developing. If your child has not yet been screened and is between the ages of 3 and 5, please visit our website for further information or to schedule an appointment:


Early Childhood screening is required by the State of Minnesota for any child entering kindergarten in a public school and is provided free of charge.

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winter clothing drive

To help keep children warm this winter, SoWashCo Community Education is partnering with SoWashCo CARES Education Foundation to help match students in need with new, winter coats, snow pants, boots and waterproof gloves.

Give Help

Volunteers are needed to help staff the winter clothing "shopping" events. 

  • 4-7 p.m., Wednesdays, Nov. 8 and 15
  • 12-3 p.m., Saturdays, Nov. 11 and 18
  • Located at Basic Needs Offices, 445 Broadway Ave. in St Paul Park

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Support SoWashCo CARES during Give to the Max, Nov. 17

SoWashCo CARES Education Foundation is the community-led non-profit that supports the students, families and staff of SoWashCo Schools. SoWashCo CARES provides basic needs to students and families, access to opportunities, staff appreciation and hosts community-building events. Please consider donating to SoWashCo CARES to support the needs of our students, staff and community.


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