Anoka-Hennepin Schools Preschool Site Spotlight:
Riverview Early Childhood Center
Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood off the Mississippi River is Riverview Early Childhood Center. This location has five spacious preschool classrooms, a gym, and an outdoor playground.
Located in the northeast corner of Brooklyn Park, access is easy - just off West River Road - yet Riverview feels far away from any metro congestion. Preschool teacher Elizabeth Saxerud says, “Our best feature is our outside space! We have so many opportunities to learn from our natural environment. We regularly see turkeys, deer, eagles, geese, and other wildlife.”
When families enter Riverview for the first day of preschool, they immediately feel the inviting atmosphere. “I love the Riverview staff. The relationship between students and staff and parents and staff, you just can't get any better,” said a Riverview preschool parent.
Each classroom has hands-on materials that support exploration in the learning centers depending on the study focus. The classrooms also have large windows that run the length of the classroom bringing the feel of nature right into the room.
Professional Teaching Staff
As with all Anoka-Hennepin Schools Preschool locations, Riverview’s classrooms are staffed by licensed teachers. They use intentional teaching strategies to meet children’s individual needs while following a curriculum that is closely aligned with the Anoka-Hennepin School District kindergarten curriculum.
“I love this preschool because it so directly correlates with kindergarten expectations. My child will be well prepared for fall. Thank you for making a positive difference in the life of children, especially mine!” shared a Riverview preschool parent.
One of the most unique features at Riverview is the greenhouse. Children learn about the outdoors and nature, both in and out of the greenhouse, through artwork, sensory experiences, planting, watering and weeding. Saxerud said, “Our greenhouse creates a space for children to watch plants grow while we watch the children grow.”
Riverview has more than twelve preschool class options offered during the 2019-20 school year for both three and four-year-old children. There are full and half-day opportunities with morning and afternoon class sessions. Carol Benjamin, Supervisor at Riverview Early Childhood Center says, “We are always excited to see families experience Riverview for the first time. It is truly the hidden gem of the Early Learning program.”
ContactRiverview Early Childhood Center1400 93rd Ave. N.(Enter Door No. 6)
Brooklyn Park, MN 55444