Summer is almost here and with it comes longer days and warmer weather, more opportunities for fun activities and family time together. It can also bring its own set of challenges whether you have a baby, toddler, preschooler, or school-aged children, including changes to the daily schedule, changes to childcare, the need to find things for our kids to do and so much more. Today I am sharing some summer sanity savers to help you and your children enjoy all summer has to offer.
Pre-K is an exciting time for children as they work to develop abilities and independence that will help prepare them for Kindergarten and beyond.
The Pre-K program is for four-year-old's one year prior to starting kindergarten. Children must be age four on or before Sept. 1. The program is located at most elementary school sites and offers programming five days per week with morning and afternoon half-day options. Parents are responsible for their child's transportation to and from school.
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Pre-K is offered at the following schools:
- Armstrong Elementary
- Bailey Elementary
- Cottage Grove Elementary
- Crestview Elementary
- Grey Cloud Elementary**
- Hillside Elementary
- Newport Elementary*
- Pine Hill Elementary
- Pullman Elementary
- Royal Oaks Elementary
- Valley Crossing Elementary
- Woodbury Elementary
Pre-K is offered to the following schools and held at
Liberty Ridge Site II (11283 Eagle View Blvd., Suite 102
Woodbury, MN 55129):
- Liberty Ridge Elementary
- Middleton Elementary
- Red Rock Elementary
*Newport Pre-Kindergarten is available only to Newport school boundary residents based on school specific state funding. All other school sites are available to residents and non-residents based on availability.
** Due to space constraints, Grey Cloud Elementary Pre-K for 2022-23 will be located at Hillside Elementary.Program sites and availability are subject to change. There is an $85 application fee due at the time of enrollment.
If you are interested in two or three day options, check out our Multi-age preschool schedule with classes at various times and days at these locations:
- Liberty Ridge Site II
- Pine Hill Elementary
- Valley Crossing Elementary
- Online Registration
- How to Register
- Selecting a Class and Required Documents
- Tuition and Registration Fee
- Financial Assistance
- Class Confirmation
- Early Learning Enrollment Contacts
How to Register
Selecting a Class and Required Documents
Tuition and Registration Fee
Early Learning Enrollment Contacts
Questions and Answers
- What age can my child begin attending Pre-K?
- What is early childhood screening and why is it required?
- Is Pre-K different than Preschool and Early Childhood Family Education?
What age can my child begin attending Pre-K?
What is early childhood screening and why is it required?
Is Pre-K different than Preschool and Early Childhood Family Education?
- Helpful Links
- Drop-In Play Sessions
- Early Childhood Home Visits, Consultations, and Family Support
- ECFE Consultation and Support for Licensed Family Child Care Providers
- Courageous Parents - Resilient Kids Program Series
- Minnesota Help Me Grow
- Help Me Connect
Drop-In Play Sessions
Early Childhood Home Visits, Consultations, and Family Support
ECFE Consultation and Support for Licensed Family Child Care Providers
Courageous Parents - Resilient Kids Program Series
Minnesota Help Me Grow
Help Me Connect
Early Learning Blog
Along with the joy of becoming a parent comes a lot of questions about raising a child. It can be hard to find answers and information. Our Early Learning blog can provide the information you seek. Written by one of our own ECFE Licensed Parent Educators, each blog offers insight into child development, parenting strategies, and other important topics that can support parents during their parenting journey. View our extensive blog library of topics as well as our most recent post below:
Let’s do a little word association. What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word siblings? I am going to venture a guess and say that if we compiled your first thoughts, we would have a mix of positive and negative things. Things like fun, caring, friendship, and also things like fighting and rivalry. And maybe, just maybe more of you will have thought of the more negative aspects of siblings first.
In my parenting classes, I often ask parents to think of whom they want their children to be when they grow up. What traits, abilities, or characteristics do they want their child to have? This list usually includes responsible, respectful, happy, hardworking, empathetic, kind, successful and so much more. These are the long-term goals of parenting. These won’t be achieved overnight and take many years to fully develop. Building our child’s sense of autonomy and independence is vital to meeting these long-term goals. Independence can be thought of as the ability to do things for oneself. While autonomy is the ability and opportunity to decide how to do things for yourself. We need to teach our kids how to do things for themselves and give them opportunities to practice making choices, trying things out, and learning from their mistakes.
If you are like most parents, you probably included things like everyone eating the same things, no fighting, whining, or complaining, my child staying at the table, and parents getting to eat hot food. The reality is that while these seem like simple wishes, they might not always be realistic. When it comes to mealtime, it is important to focus on what is realistic for our young children. Families can take some easy steps to make their mealtimes more enjoyable and successful while still being realistic.