Why Choose ISD 191 Preschool?

ISD 191 preschool programs believe that children learn best through play and benefit from supportive adult relationships.

We support and nurture the growth of the whole child, including a child’s cognitive, social and emotional, physical and creative development.  There is an emphasis on developing social and emotional competencies through play in the preschool years.  Core areas addressed in daily curriculum include language and literacy, mathematics, science and discovery, dramatic play, the arts and learning with nature.  
We are a 4 star Parent Aware preschool program, earning the highest rating possible from Minnesota’s Parent Aware system.  This award ensures that programs meet the highest standards in providing quality early childhood programming and well qualified teachers. Preschool teachers have degrees in early childhood or a related field and assistants have a combination of education and experience with young children.  All staff receive regular professional development in early childhood best practices.
We implement research based curriculum and assessment that matches Minnesota’s early learning standards and supports children in developing the skills needed to be successful in school and in life. 
We embed five core components into our early childhood settings:
  • Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher
  • Social emotional development is the foundation for strength and growth
  • Connecting children with nature through outdoor learning is essential
  • Minnesota Early Learning Standards are an important guiding tool
  • Engagement with community partnerships and events is a valuable resource. 
Preschool Choices
Preschool Plus—Diamondhead          Parents and children ages 33 months- 4 years                   
Two day per week program, one day parent/child ECFE class and one day child only preschool. Children do not need to have independent toileting skills mastered to attend.   
Fee:  $75 per month or $675 full year payment 
Tiny Tots Preschool –Diamondhead     3 years by September 1, 2017      
Mixed age group preschool meets two or three days per week, morning or afternoon or evening.  Independent toileting skills required.
Fee: 2 day, $112 per month; $1008 full year payment; 3 days, $168 per month; $1512 full year payment
Tiny Tots Preschool –Elementary                 4 years by September 1, 2017
Four days per week, morning or afternoon.  
 Fee: 4 days, $224 per month; $2016 full year payment

Program Days Time Location
Preschool Plus T/TH 9:30-11:30 am 
12:30-2:30 pm
Tiny Tots 3 to 5 T/TH 9:30 am-12 pm
1-3:30 pm

  W/F 9:30 am-12 pm

1-3:30 pm
  T/W/TH 9:30 am-12 pm

1-3:30 pm
  T/TH 4-6:30 pm

5-7:30 pm
Tiny Tots 4’s Tue-Fri 9 am-12 pm
12:55-3:55 pm
Sioux Trail
  Tue-Fri 9 am-12 pm
12:55-3:55 pm
Gideon Pond
  Tue-Fri 9 am - 12 pm Vista View
  Tue-Fri 9 am-12 pm

12:55-3:55 pm
Hidden Valley
  Tue-Fri 9:15 am-12:15 pm

12:55-3:55 pm
  Tue-Fri 9 am-12 pm

12:55-3:55 pm
Sky Oaks

Is there a fee for preschool? Yes, preschool/pre-kindergarten is voluntary and tuition-based at most locations. There are nine monthly payments scheduled, beginning September 1 (due at registration) and ending in May. No cost Voluntary Prekindergarten is available at Hidden Valley, Sky Oaks and Rahn.
Are there scholarships available? Early Learning Pathway II scholarships and School Readiness scholarships may be available for ISD 191 families who meet financial and/or other eligibility requirements. Please contact Deana Sauro at 952-707-4110 to determine if you may be eligible and to make an appointment.

What about transportation? Limited transportation may be available for children attending the Tiny Tots 4 year old Pre-kindergarten program at elementary sites. Please indicate your need on the registration form.
Can out-of-district residents attend? Classes are open for both residents, and non-residents of ISD 191. Tuition assistance and transportation are limited to district residents. Transportation, if provided, is limited to students living within the attendance area of the elementary site.

What is the registration process for 2017-18?  Online registration is not available.
We will be accepting applications beginning January 16 by mail, drop off, fax or email.  Applications will be dated as received and processed to ensure all paperwork and requirements are up to date.  Parents must indicate 3 choices for classes and will be notified of their child’s placement approximately 30 days after application. Enrollment packets must be complete in order to be placed in a class. Families will receive information in August specific to their child’s preschool location, teacher assignment and other details.
Registration Checklist:  All items in the enrollment packet must be complete and up to date in order to receive a class placement.  Once received and complete we will process your child’s enrollment.  Complete paperwork received by March 1 will be processed by March 21. 

All registrations must include:
  • Application Form
  • Child Information and Permission Form
  • Completion date of your child's  Early Childhood Screening                                                   
  • Health Office Emergency Form
  • Current Immunization Form
  • Parent Questionnaire
  • Auto Pay Form
  • $75 Registration Fee