Connect to Values: Early Learning Beliefs
Connections Preschool staff believe:
- Early Childhood is a remarkable time of psychological, physical, social and academic development.
- Learning is a social process where children learn through play, exploration and inquiry.
- Families are a child's first and most influential teachers.
- Each child has unique strengths.
- Children thrive in a safe environment where their needs are met through mutual respect, nurturing and consistency.
- Strong family, school and community partnerships help ensure a child's success in school.
Connect to skills: What to Expect
Young children are eager to learn and play. Every Connections Preschool class gives children an opportunity to interact with other children in fun, engaging activities while learning important skills. The Connections Preschool curriculum guides young children in developing skills in the following areas: creativity and the arts, language and literacy, mathematical and scientific thinking, physical and motor, and social and emotional. Children assume increasing personal responsibility and independence as they grow and develop.
- All programs are half day, offered September through May.
- All classrooms have a sliding fee scale. Families may qualify for financial assistance.
- All classrooms are offered in collaboration with Early Childhood Special Education.
Connect with Experience: Licensed Teachers
All Connections Preschool teachers are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Education in Early Childhood Education. Teachers lead hands-on activities that address children’s individual needs and interests, while providing important prekindergarten content. Staff support and training is provided through School District 196.
Connect with School: Prepare for Kindergarten
The curriculum used in all Connections Preschool classrooms follows the standards outlined in the Minnesota Early Childhood indicators of Progress. It is aligned with School District 196’s Ki-14 learning standards. Transition activities from the 4 year-old program into district kindergarten classrooms is integrated into the curriculum and family engagement activities.
Connect with Home: Parents as Partners
Parents are children’s first and most important teachers. Parents are strongly encouraged to be involved in many ways, which will boost their child’s chances for school success. Now and in the future. A variety of opportunities for parents are available in order to meet the needs of all families. Preschool Discovery, for 3-year olds, offers a transition option, designed to have parents attend with their child for a weekly parent-child time and parenting class (ECFE model) throughout the school year.
Before Entering Preschool
- Early Childhood Screening: 3- and 4-year old children must complete a free early childhood developmental screening. If your child has not been screened please call 651-423-7899 to schedule a screening appointment.
- Immunizations: your child’s immunizations must be up to date. Contact your child’s health provider or the Dakota County Public Health Department (www.co.dakota.mn.us or 952-891-7528) to learn about immunization requirements.