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4 and 5 year olds are the right age to attend school readiness

Preparing for kindergarten is the task of 4 and 5 year old children, who are one year away from starting school in kindergarten. The school readiness program is designed to meet the learning needs of preschool aged children. School readiness clas...

Preparing for kindergarten is the task of 4 and 5 year old children, who are one year away from starting school in kindergarten. The school readiness program is designed to meet the learning needs of preschool aged children. School readiness classes begin the week of Sept. 5 and will continue to meet through the middle of May, 2017. There are 32 weeks of class. School readiness classes are held at the Early Childhood Center located on the east end of Eagle View Elementary school in Breezy Point.

Families can choose from four School Readiness sections:

โ€ข Section 1 meets on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Class meets for seven hours each week.

โ€ข Section 2 meets on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Class meets for 14 hours each week.

โ€ข Section 3 meets on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Class meets for six hours each week.

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โ€ข Section 4 meets on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from noon until 3 p.m. Class meets for six hours each week.

Call the Early Childhood programs at 218-562-7520 to sign up for one of the school readiness sections.

No child will be turned away from a school readiness class due to an inability to pay the class fee. There is a required deposit to register a child for school readiness. Eligible families may apply for a Parent Aware scholarship to cover the cost of the tuition/class fee. Ask about the scholarship when you call.

The school readiness program and the Pequot Lakes School District Transportation Department are offering bus transport of school readiness students during the 2016-2017 school year. The bus transportation will be offered in the regular morning route and the regular after school route. There is no mid-day bus transportation offered. You will need to request bus transportation when you register for your school readiness class. A bus safety training class is required for the student and a parent before a school readiness student will be approved to ride the school bus.

The school readiness program is based on the Big Day for Pre-K curriculum and assessments. The program has been given a four-star rating by the Parent Aware program. Four stars is the highest rating offered. Children who enter the school readiness program have quality instruction, offered by licensed early childhood teachers and conducted in a school environment. The Big Day for Pre-K assessments are connected with the kindergarten entrance standards. The school readiness teachers align their instruction with the kindergarten entry standards.

Early learning has been shown to give children a head start on developing their literacy skills, on building social skills and preparing the young child for participation in academic settings. Minnesota has designated school readiness preschool education as a step in building the world's best workforce. You can do your part by enrolling your four or five year old child in school readiness. This boost will give them the right skills to enjoy learning and be ready for kindergarten.

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