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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.

 

2021-22 Pre-kindergarten Schedules

Registration for 2022 Spring Pre-k is now closed. 

 

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:

A lot is said about the negative impacts of screens, technology, and media on children. The reality is these technology and screens aren’t going anywhere. Our children are growing up in a time when technology is literally at the touch of their fingertips. Kids are savvy digital natives. All of this can make it difficult for parents to manage their child’s use of screens, technology, and media. Now I am not suggesting that just because technology is so readily available that we should disregard screen time recommendations. I would like to suggest that instead focusing on screen time, we follow Common Sense Media’s advice and shift our focus to creating a healthy, balanced screen diet. Just like how we want to have balanced meals, we can also create a balanced screen diet.

A lot is said about the negative impacts of screens, technology, and media on children. The reality is these technology and screens aren’t going anywhere. Our children are growing up in a time when technology is literally at the touch of their fingertips. Kids are savvy digital natives. All of this can make it difficult for parents to manage their child’s use of screens, technology, and media. Now I am not suggesting that just because technology is so readily available that we should disregard screen time recommendations. I would like to suggest that instead focusing on screen time, we follow Common Sense Media’s advice and shift our focus to creating a healthy, balanced screen diet. Just like how we want to have balanced meals, we can also create a balanced screen diet.

In March, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) partnered with Woodbury Lutheran Preschool to provide a free parent-child event for families with young children who live in the Woodbury community.
ECFE Licensed Parent Educator, Bobbie Bigwood, shared mindfulness tools and techniques. Parents and children left the event equipped with new knowledge, strategies, and tools to help their children calm and regulate their emotions. ECFE is excited about the possibility to partner with Woodbury Lutheran Preschool on additional parent-child events next year!

Put your coat on. Pick up your blocks. Eat your lunch. Don’t touch your brother. It’s time to get dressed. Bath time is over, time to get out of the tub. Turn off the TV. Bring me your shoes. Stop bugging your sister. Do any of these sound like things you have said to your kids today? Think about how many times during your day you tell or ask your child to do something. Telling our kids what to do is a big part of what we do as parents. Unfortunately, most parents at some point have been left thinking or saying things like, “Why can’t he listen?” or “Why can’t she just do what I ask her to do?” If these types of thoughts sound familiar to you, keep reading to learn some easy-to-use strategies to increase your child’s compliance with your requests.