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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.  


Enrollment Questions:

Brenda Griffin
Office Coordinator

Program Supervision:

Joyce Beaird 
Early Learning Family Services Manager


 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


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Enrollment Requirements


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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:

June has been a big month around my house. My middle daughter graduated from high school, and we are in the midst of preparing for her graduation party. Part of this preparation was to print out pictures of her over the years. Needless to say, this was a project I embraced whole heartedly, printing off over 200 photos. As I looked at all the pictures of my precious girl, I enjoyed watching how she has grown and changed over the years. I also spent time remembering what she was like in each of these different stages. The old adage, “the days are long, but the years are short”, has never felt so true!

The school year has come to an end and summer vacation has started. Many families might be looking for fun ideas to keep their kids busy this summer. Have no fear! South Washington County Schools Early Learning has you covered. Keep reading to learn more about fun, family-friendly activities in our community.

So why am I telling you about my epic soup failure? Failure is part of life. In fact, learning to fail can help kids learn how to be successful. All too often, parents focus on doing everything they can to help their child succeed. Whether it is helping their preschooler complete a craft project, so it looks like the example or bringing their child’s forgotten lunchbox to school or packing their sports equipment, so nothing is forgotten, parents rescue their children from failure.

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.