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  • Centennial Preschool

    August 2022 update: Registration for the 22-23 school year is continuing for remaining seats. We have openings for all schedules, but not all locations. Please register for your first choice location and schedule even if you think it is full; if it is not available, you will automatically be added to the waiting list. Scroll down to the green Enroll Now button. All registrations must be reviewed by the preschool coordinators prior to approval. Please contact us at 763-792-6120 or email earlychildhood@isd12.org if you have not heard from us by two weeks after your registration. The Centennial School District provides high-quality part-day and full-day preschool experiences. Classrooms are located at each of the elementary schools in the Centennial School District as well as the Early Childhood Center. (Part-day classes are only offered at the Early Childhood Center.) Centennial Preschool is held in classrooms with a 1 to 10 staff-to-student ratio, taught by licensed teachers using Creative Curriculum for Preschool and assessment tools approved by the State of Minnesota. Our preschool program has earned a 4-Star Parent Aware rating. Centennial Preschool emphasizes: Kindergarten Readiness The goal of Centennial Preschool is to help children enter kindergarten with the skills and behaviors necessary to be successful learners. Being ready for kindergarten includes both academic skills such as literacy, math, science, and art, and social/emotional skills such as listening, following directions, sharing, and problem solving. Play-Based Learning Centennial Preschool weaves a learning through play philosophy into each class. Since students learn by doing, we focus on the process of creating rather than the product created. Learning happens when children are given space, materials, and time to play. Students engage in teacher-selected activities that are designed to grow their imagination, large-muscle, fine-motor, social-emotional, and thinking skills. Parental Involvement Part-day classes include a weekly parent attendance day, while full-day classes offer regular opportunities for parent engagement. Centennial Preschool places an emphasis on parental involvement because research has shown that early childhood programs that involve parents and children learning together are more effective than programs that focus only on the child.
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  • Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

    ECFE Is here for you and your child! ECFE welcomes parents or caregivers to attend classes with a child from birth to age 5. Classes are organized by age to provide developmentally-appropriate activities. Parent education is an important part of ECFE, and all weekly classes include a discussion period with a licensed parent educator. Weekly classes meet the entire school year; one-time and 3-week-long classes are also available.
  • Early Childhood Screening

    Early Childhood Screening takes place once each month, October through May. (We may hold screenings on additional days to meet state requirements for kindergarteners and preschoolers.) If you don't see an appointment time that works for you, please call the Early Childhood office at 763-792-6120 or email ECScreening@isd12.org to discuss alternatives.
  • Gearing Up for Kindergarten

    Entering kindergarten is a major transition in the life of a child and their parents. Gearing Up for Kindergarten is a program specifically designed for children who would otherwise be entering kindergarten with no preschool experience. The program provides more school readiness support in a structured classroom environment, taught by a licensed Centennial preschool teacher. Parents/caregivers receive support through online webinars and resources. Registration opens April 4. Class placement will begin as registrations are received; you should receive a confirmation within one week. Gearing Up for Kindergarten Class Fee: $80/child* Age (minimum): 5 by Sept. 1, 2021 Schedule: 9:00-11:30am, Mon-Thurs Dates: August 8-11, 15-18 Location: Early Childhood Center at Rice Lake (door C) *Scholarships are available for qualifying students. Update 5/25/22: All registrations received at this time will be placed on a waiting list, as the class has reached capacity. Questions? Please call us at 763-792-6120 or email earlychildhood@isd12.org
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  • Kids Club

    Kids Club is childcare provided by ISD #12 - Community Education. Kids Club offers two separate childcare sessions: one session is for care provided during the school year; the other session is care provided during summer months. Summer Kids Club is for children who will be entering kindergarten through 6th grade that upcoming September.
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  • Pre-K Kids Club

    Pre-K Kids Club is childcare provided by ISD #12 - Community Education, providing childcare during the school year. To receive Pre-K Kids Club before and/or after school services, children must be enrolled for Centennial Preschool during their school day (9:30 AM-4 PM).
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  • School Readiness Preschool

    The goal of School Readiness Preschool (SRP) is to help preschoolers enter school with the skills and behaviors necessary to be successful in future learning. The priority of SRP is to involve parents in their child's education. SRP is open to children age 3 and 4 and all classes are taught by a licensed early childhood teacher and parent facilitator using curriculum and assessment tools approved by the State of Minnesota. Classes are available with part-day (ages 3 and 4) or full-day (age 4 only) schedules.
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