Beginning the kindergarten journeyWelcome to kindergarten in the Anoka-Hennepin School District! Our kindergarten philosophy is:
- Children are valuable and unique individuals, capable of learning.
- Children develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually with individual patterns of growth.
- Children learn best when home, school, and community work as a team.
All-day kindergarten fundingThe Minnesota Legislature approved funding for all-day-every-day kindergarten beginning with the 2014-15 school year. All Anoka-Hennepin elementary schools offer free, all-day kindergarten.
How to register and enrollAnoka-Hennepin elementary schools typically host a kindergarten registration event between March and May. Registration information, along with an invitation to the event, is mailed out to families by schools a few weeks before the event. The 2019-20 registration events already occurred in spring of 2019. View 2020-21 registration dates in the A-H Newsroom.
If you don't receive an invitation from your neighborhood school, it means your child is not in the district database. If your child is not in our database, please call the school serving your address. Check out the school directory for addresses and phone numbers in PDF format.If you do not live within Anoka-Hennepin but would like your child to attend an Anoka-Hennepin school, you can electronically apply for enrollment through Minnesota's open enrollment program.
A child must be five (5) years on or before Sept. 1 of the year in which he or she enrolls. If a child attended a Montessori school, and the Montessori school certifies that the child has successfully completed kindergarten requirements, the parent should take the child to the public school with that information. Staff will review it and likely enroll the child in first grade.If you want to talk with someone, please contact the school that your child will attend. Use our online school finder, to find your child's school or download the school addresses and phone numbers document.
Kindergarten early entrance
A child must be five (5) years on or before Sept. 1 of the year in which he or she enrolls in kindergarten. Parents can apply for early entrance into kindergarten for children who are almost 5 years old.
Parents and guardians of children whose fifth birthdays fall between Sept. 2 and Oct. 31 can submit an application via the early entrance into kindergarten FAQs page to have students considered for that year's kindergarten class instead of waiting until the next year. The FAQs page is also a good resource if you have questions.
School-age careContact Adventures Plus at 763-506-1400 for more information or for a registration form.
General questionsFor general kindergarten questions download the Welcome to Kindergarten flier or contact your neighborhood elementary school.View our video series about preparing students for kindergarten.Download the kindergarten parent/guardian handbook. Note: With kindergarten programming reshaping in Minnesota, some of the information is subject to change.
Learn more about preparing for kindergarten from the Anoka-Hennepin Early Learning program.