Preschool Programs (24 months to Pre-K)


  • With just the right balance of structured and unstructured activities, children thrive in the Edina Early Learning Center preschool classes. Our warm, safe and loving environment helps teach children a lifelong love of learning. We offer two, three and four day options for preschool at different ages both with and without an Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) parenting component. 

    Looking for extended hours for your child? ELC offers Extended Learning as an add-on option to classes. Click here for more information on Extended Learning.


    Classes for Two Year Olds

    Two year olds love to explore. Come to a safe, sensory-rich environment that will capture your child’s interest. At age two, children begin to understand that they are part of a group, so time in class is spent with parents and friends building a sense of community. They also begin to build confidence and independence. The time allowed for your child to play while you are away with ECFE is just enough practice.

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    1 Day per week with Parenting

     

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    2 Days per week with Weekly Parenting

     

    A Taste of Preschool for Older Twos (between 33-36 months by Sept. 1, 2019)
    2 Days per Week without Parenting


    Classes for Three Year Olds

    With imagination in full gear, three year olds love to ask questions and share their thoughts about everything. The class encourages curiosity and exploratory play for this independent stage of development. This is also a time when kids begin to develop and understand friendships. One of the most popular, we offer two, three and four days per week options, both with and without an ECFE component.

    Preschool for Threes (3 years old by Sept. 1, 2019)
    2 days per week without Parenting

    Preschool for Threes (3 years old by Sept. 1, 2019)
    3 days per week without Parenting

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    Preschool for Threes (3 years old by Sept. 1, 2019)
    3 days per week with Weekly Parenting 

     

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    Preschool for Threes (3 years old by Sept. 1, 2019)
    4 days per week with Monthly Parenting 

     


    Mixed Age Class

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    Preschool for 3-5 Year Olds
    1 day per week with Parenting


    Classes for Four and Five Year Olds

    In our pre-kindergarten classes, your child will learn and discover social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth appropriate for 4 and 5 year olds. This provides a solid foundation for lifelong learning. Students will understand more concrete ideas, expand their memory and recall and deepen their connections to their classmates.

    Our preschool is designed to offer the right balance of structured and unstructured activities intended to help prepare every child for kindergarten. We offer pre-k options for four and five year olds that include three and five days per week classes, either with or without an ECFE component.

    Pre-Kindergarten for Fours and Fives (4 years old by Sept. 1, 2019)
    3 days per week without Parenting

    Pre-Kindergarten for Fours and Fives (4 years old by Sept. 1, 2019)
    5 days per week without Parenting

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    Pre-Kindergarten for Fours and Fives (4 years old by Sept. 1, 2019)
    5 days per week with Weekly Parenting (Note: this class does not use the ECFE sliding fee scale. Financial assistance is available to families who qualify.)

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    Pre-Kindergarten for Fours and Fives (4 years old by Sept. 1, 2019) 
    5 days per week with Monthly Parenting (Note: this class does not use the ECFE sliding fee scale. Financial assistance is available to families who qualify.)


    All-Day Pre-Kindergarten

    All-Day Pre-Kindergarten for Fours and Fives (4 years old by June 1, 2019)
    5 days per week without Parenting

    The Edina Early Learning Center offers an all-day pre-kindergarten for families. Structured to help meet the differing needs of families, students may arrive any time between 7:30-9:15 am and leave anytime between 2:45-5:00 pm and attend academically-designed free choice time before and after the instructional day.  

    The instructional day is from 9:15 am - 2:45 pm and encompasses standard-based instruction in a play-based setting including social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth appropriate for 4 to 5 year olds. Personalized learning provides developmentally appropriate practices focused on the whole child. Our teachers are licensed and classroom assistants are highly trained and experienced. Breakfast, snack and lunch are included in tuition. This class of for older children who can handle an academic day.


    A preschooler sits at a table with a teacher in the background A Day in the Life

    A Typical Preschool Class at the Early Learning Center

    Circle Time/Morning Meeting

    We start our day building strong community. Teachers model social and emotional skills such as creating and maintaining friendships. Students experience songs, read-alouds, stories and calendar.

    Literacy

    Students will build concepts about print, comprehension, and some basic letter and sound practice. We use the Houghton-Mifflin Language Arts for preschool curriculum.

    Math

    Students work on number sense, patterning, color/shapes, and other simple math concepts. We use the Everyday Mathematics curriculum.

    Science

    Science is all around us! Students will learn how to explore, question and discover many scientific themes like nature, plants, animals, ecosystems and weather.

    Choice Time /Gym/Creative Movement

    Independent and self-directed learning are imperative to a child’s development. Students have ample opportunities for free play and large motor play.

    Art, Music and Theater

    Learning in preschool is done through an artistic, musical lens. We love to sing, dance and act out our learning! 

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