Preschool, 2018-19 school year
Preschool serves as an introduction to the school experience. By exposing students to a comfortable and inspiring classroom environment, students are eager to continue to learn and grow in kindergarten and beyond. The Anoka-Hennepin School District provides high-quality preschool programming though the Community Education department.Children gain important skills and experiences in:
- Learning to follow routines and rules
- Learning to get along with other children
- Literacy, introductory reading and writing
- Math and number sense, science, art and music
Four program optionsThe Community Education department is proud to offer four preschool program options for both three- and four-year-old children, which has given the Anoka-Hennepin School District the opportunity to connect with and support students before they enter kindergarten:
- Three-year-old preschool: Half-day preschool classes with two- or three-day class options, open to families with a child three years of age by Sept. 1, 2018. Parents provide transportation.
- Four-year-old preschool - option 1: Free, half-day (Mon.-Thurs.) preschool option, open to residents of Anoka-Hennepin Schools with a child four years of age by Sept. 1, 2018, who meet income guidelines and live or attend daycare in attendance areas of specific elementary schools. Transportation provided by Anoka-Hennepin Schools.
- Four-year-old preschool - option 2: Free, half-day (Mon. - Fri.) preschool option, open to residents of Anoka-Hennepin Schools with a child four years of age by Sept. 1, 2018. Transportation provided by Anoka-Hennepin Schools. No income eligibility guidelines. Students must live or attend daycare in the attendance areas of:
- Adams Elementary School
- Evergreen Park World Cultures Communtiy School
- Jefferson Elementary School
- Monroe Elementary School
- University Avenue Elementary School
- Four-year-old preschool - option 3: Half-day preschool classes with multiple day, evening and Saturday class options, open to families with a child four years of age by Sept. 1, 2018. Parents provide transportation.
Why choose a preschool program through the school district?As a parent, you want to be sure that your child is ready for kindergarten after attending preschool. Licensed preschool teachers attend joint staff development sessions with teachers teaching students in kindergarten - grade three to closely align curriculum goals and academic progress. In addition, Anoka-Hennepin School District early learning and preschool programs use a common assessment tool to evaluate student learning, which is aligned with district-wide kindergarten-readiness benchmarks.
The preschool curriculum provides students with a wide variety of learning experiences:
- Social skills
- Art and music
- Dramatic play
- Library and books
- Math and number sense
- Large muscle
- Pre-kindergarten skills
- Strategic thinking skills with blocks, games and puzzles
Instructional focusLicensed teachers work with students to practice and target the following learning areas:
- Social-emotional development
- Physical development
- Language skills
- Cognitive development