Little Lakers Preschool

We are a collaborative preschool program. Our preschool team includes a certified Teacher/Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, classroom assistants, and Early Childhood Special Education support staff.

We also have related services staff such as a Speech Pathologist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Mental Health Practitioners & Consultants. We offer preschool options for 3, 4 and 5-year-olds.

Minnewaska Area Schools staff member Sara Nestor
Sara Nestor

3-year-old Preschool

Our 2-day per week classes for 3-year-olds are designed to support your child’s social and emotional development, introduce pre-academic skills, and build confidence in their abilities. Your child must be potty-trained and three by September 1 to be eligible for classes.

We offer classes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-11:30 a.m. The cost is $120 per month or $1080 per year.

Registration for Fall 2021 Preschool opens February 1, 2021. Non-refundable registration fee of $40/child

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4 and 5-year-old Preschool

Our 3-day a week classes for 4 and 5-year-olds are designed to prepare children for Kindergarten by building on their problem-solving skills, social relationships, literacy, and math skills. Your child must be four by September 1.

We offer classes from 8:00-11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The cost is $180 per month or $1,620 per year.

Registration for Fall 2021 Preschool opens February 1, 2021. Non-refundable registration fee of $40/child

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Curriculum & Instruction

A comprehensive preschool for your child’s social, emotional, and pre-academic needs.

The curriculum used in our preschool focuses on the whole child and aligns with the kindergarten standards. A combination of The Creative Curriculum, SEEDS Early Literacy Curriculum, Everyday Math Pre-K, and Second Step Social-Emotional Curriculum are used to promote growth in all areas of a child’s development through a variety of small and large group activities. These experiences include pre-math, pre-reading, science, art, and social skills based on the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs) from the Minnesota Department of Education. Developmentally appropriate goals and objectives are set up and carried out through our various learning centers so that the children will be stimulated physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Class sizes are carefully structured to allow for optimal learning to occur.

Class Benefits
  • Teacher-directed and self-directed play
  • Integrated classrooms with early childhood specialists available
  • Conferences twice a year
  • Parent Advisory Board
  • Community visitors, field trips, parent volunteers, and on-site special events
  • Preschool Family Nights and Parent Education
  • Collaboration with Early Childhood Programs and Elementary Classes
  • Scholarships Available
Minnewaska Area Elementary screening

Early Childhood Screening

Early Childhood Screening is a free & simple check of how your child is growing, developing & learning. It is best done when your child is 3 years old. It is also a requirement for any child entering school in Minnesota. It is designed to ensure the healthy growth of students to be successful in any educational setting and if needed, connect them to resources that will support their development.

At your child's screening appointment, a trained professional will check:
• Hearing & vision
• Growth, immunizations & movement
• Thinking, language & communication skills
• Social & emotional development

Early Childhood Screenings are done by the Minnewaska School District. To register, click the link below. For questions, please contact 320-634-4567 ext. 2219.

If your child has not or will not receive the full series of immunizations, please complete this form and notarize as needed.

Minnewaska area preschool student practicing writing letters with his teacher
Minnewaska area preschool students reaching with their teacher