All Lake Superior School District Preschool options are Parent Aware 4 Star Rated and include
- 5 hours a week for children who are 3 on September 1st. Children must be toilet trained. Donna Blomberg is the teacher at William Kelley School in Silver Bay and Ann Carlson is the teacher in Two Harbors.
- 12 hours per week for children who are 4 on September 1st and will be entering kindergarten the next fall. Donna Blomberg is the teacher at William Kelley School in Silver Bay and Ann Carlson is the teacher in Two Harbors.
Our goal in preschool is to instill a love of learning, build skills for kindergarten and to have FUN! Children will have many diverse opportunities for enjoyment and growth through:
- Learning centers
- Indoor and outdoor motor activities
- Social & emotional development
- Critical thinking
Our ISD 381 preschool staff uses the Creative Curriculum®, a research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning. Teachers are also trained in GOLD® and use this system to observe, assess and determine children’s strengths and needs. Preschool teachers utilize the same Orton Gillingham strategies that are used in the elementary to build literacy skills. Children learn in a high quality learning environment through hands-on investigations, guided free play and directed work activities in large and small groups at Preschool.
- 16 hours per week for children who are 3 or 4 on September 1st. This blended class is a new collaborative effort with children enrolled through the district and Head Start.
This is a family based program and is taught by Jean Farleigh, an AEOA Head Start teacher at Minnehaha Elementary in Two Harbors.
This blended classroom’s HighScope preschool curriculum emphasizes adult-child interaction, a carefully designed learning environment, and a plan-do-review process that strengthens initiative and self-reliance in children. This preschool curriculum is a comprehensive model that addresses all areas of development through eight content areas:
- Approaches to Learning
- Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development and Health
- Language, Literacy and Communication
- Creative Arts
- Science and Technology
- Social Studies
While learning in these content areas prepares children for later schooling, HighScope takes the learning process beyond traditional academic subjects by applying methods that promote independence, curiosity, decision making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving in young children.
The COR Advantage is HighScope’s birth-to-kindergarten child assessment, which evaluates children’s learning in nine content areas, assessing children’s learning in each area. Teachers generate brief written descriptions, or anecdotes, that objectively describe children’s behavior. They use these note to evaluate the children’s development and then plan activities to help individual children and the classroom make progress.
All our Preschool sites are Parent Aware 4 Star Rated. For additional information: http://www.parentawareratings.org/ . The blended classroom with AEOA is also licensed as a MN Rule 3 Childcare Center.
Limited (ONE WAY) Transportation is available by application (at no cost for qualifying families). Please contact our offices for more information; bus application is included with the preschool application below.
Preschool Contact numbers:
For more information call Community Education in Two Harbors (218) 834-8201 ext. 8230, or in Silver Bay (218) 226-4437 ext. 8137. Head Start:218-834-8221, ext 8449.
Need Financial Help for Tuition?
Option One: Pathway I – Community Education Preschool is a Parent Aware 4 star rated program and eligible for Pathway I Early Learning Scholarships, a statewide program overseen by the Minnesota Department of Education. This program currently provides financial support up to $7,500 per year to families to help pay for quality child care and early education programs in order to help their children get ready for school. Pathway I scholarships cover the entire cost of Preschool.
To apply for Pathway 1 Early Learning scholarships from Families First, download and print the current application (when it is available, typically on or before July 1), at www.familiesfirstmn.org. To avoid delay or denial, make sure you are using the current application. See the Families First website for further instructions. Complete and return the original Early Learning Scholarship application and documentation to Families First of Minnesota Early Learning Scholarships, 126 Woodlake Drive SE Rochester, MN 55904. Families may use their Pathway I—Early Learning Scholarship at any eligible child care or early education program in Minnesota participating in Parent Aware.
Option Two: District Scholarships
Income and other factors are considered for eligibility. Financial assistance may be a full or partial scholarship. Additional paperwork will be needed after scholarships are awarded. You will be contacted to complete additional requirements. School Readiness, Head Start, Pathway II, and Title One funds are used for these local scholarships.
To apply for District Scholarships, request a scholarship application when registering for Preschool or download from the link 2017-18 Preschool Registration and Scholarship Forms. Complete the application, enclose income verification and return to a Community Education office or mail to School Readiness 137 Banks Blvd. Silver Bay, MN 55614.
Eligibility Requirements: The child must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2017 and not eligible for Kindergarten. Families must have an annual income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guideline in
Option 3: Head Start Children enrolled via Head Start must be Income eligible. Head Start: 218-834-8221, ext 8449. To apply, call 1-800-662-5711 or 218-749-2912. Tuition is fully funded for Head Start eligible students. Other family resources are available such as fuel assistance, employment services, counseling, medical and dental provisions.
Silver Bay and Two Harbors communities are participating in the Northland Foundation’s Early Childhood Initiative. This initiative is a catalyst to rally broad-based community support for young children, ages 0-5 and their families. The coalition has representation of individuals throughout the community, including parents, representatives from early childhood care and education, K-12, business, state/local government, health and human services, and other concerned community members. This coalition is part of the Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative…A Campaign for Our Youngest Children directed by the Northland Foundation.