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Pre-K

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.  

Contact

Enrollment Questions:

Brenda Griffin
Office Coordinator
651-425-7160
bgriffin@sowashco.org

Program Supervision:

Joyce Beaird 
Early Learning Family Services Manager
651-425-6625
jbeaird@sowashco.org

 

 Pre-kindergarten Sites

Student at Prek
Student at PreK

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.

 

2022-23 Pre-kindergarten Schedules

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

 

Registration Information

 

Enrollment Requirements

 

Questions and Answers

Parent Resources

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:

Toys, Toys, Toys! There are so many toys available. The options are endless, but not all toys are created equal. Think of it this way, toys are the tools children use to play and according to Mr. Rogers “play is the work of childhood.” Play is both developmental and supports your child’s development. The tools or toys children have access to impact this development

Young children encounter problems on a daily basis. This starts even in infancy. Your baby wants a toy that is out of reach. Your toddler wants a turn with a toy. Your preschooler is trying to build with blocks, but it isn’t working the way they want. A friend takes your child’s toy. Maybe you have observed your child experience one of these problems or something similar. How did they respond to their problem? The reality is that young children often let us know they have a problem by melting down. They haven’t yet developed the skills necessary to solve their problem themselves. Parents need to step in and help their child practice problem-solving skills.

He never listens. She doesn’t share. My kids always fight. If these thoughts sound familiar to you, you may be experiencing the effects of your negativity bias. The human brain is designed to notice and focus on negative stimuli more than positive stimuli. This negativity bias is also why we tend to dwell on negative experiences for longer than we revel in our positive experiences. As you can imagine this negativity bias has a tremendous impact in all areas of our lives, including our relationship with our children.

He never listens. She doesn’t share. My kids always fight. If these thoughts sound familiar to you, you may be experiencing the effects of your negativity bias. The human brain is designed to notice and focus on negative stimuli more than positive stimuli. This negativity bias is also why we tend to dwell on negative experiences for longer than we revel in our positive experiences. As you can imagine this negativity bias has a tremendous impact in all areas of our lives, including our relationship with our children.