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Preschool & Prekindergarten

Building a foundation for lifelong learning

We offer both tuition-free and fee-based preschool and prekindergarten classes for children ages 3-5. Each program is designed to support your scholar's school success. Preschool or prekindergarten programming is available at Arbor View Early Childhood Center, Willow Lane Early Childhood Center, and 16 elementary schools in the district.

pre-k students and teacher during playtime

Explore all preschool and prekindergarten programs for children who turn three or four on or before Sept. 1. 

Preschool for Threes & Fours

2024-25 School Year:

Fee-based program held at:

  • Arbor View Early Childhood Center
  • Cedar Island Elementary School 
  • Willow Lane Early Childhood Center

Prekindergarten for Fours & Fives

2024-25 School Year:

Fee-based program held at:

  • Basswood Elementary School
  • Cedar Island Elementary School
  • Elm Creek Elementary School
  • Oak View Elementary School
  • Rice Lake Elementary School
  • Willow Lane Early Childhood Center
  • Woodland Elementary School

Free Half-Day Prekindergarten

Tuition-free program held at:

  • Birch Grove School for the Arts
  • Crest View Elementary School
  • Edinbrook Elementary School
  • Fair Oaks Elementary School
  • Garden City Elementary School
  • Palmer Lake Elementary School
  • Park Brook Elementary School
  • Zanewood Community: A STEAM School

Four Star Express Prekindergarten + Care

Four Star Express is a unique child care and school readiness program that jumpstarts your child’s skills for Kindergarten. The purpose is to provide a cooperative and developmentally appropriate child care experience that supports the early learning needs of children in a school setting.

The program is full and accepting wait lists for the 2024-25 school year. Registration will open on Jan. 14, 2025 at 9 a.m. for the 2025-26 school year.

Fee-based program that incorporates child care and prekindergarten classes at: 
Basswood Elementary School 
Cedar Island Elementary School
Oak View Elementary School
Rice Lake Elementary School
Rush Creek Elementary School
Weaver Lake: A Science, Math & Technology School 
Woodland Elementary School 
 

Virtual Preview Event
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2024 from 6-7 p.m.
This informative virtual preview off­ers families an opportunity to connect to learn more about what to expect during the school year. Closer to the date, additional information will be shared with families who are registered.