Office of Early Learning (OEL)
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Pre-Kindergarten Programs


If you are looking to apply for Pre-Kindergarten, please
visit our Student Placement Center.  

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The Pre-Kindergarten Program (Pre-K) is responsible for providing support and education for staff and families to ensure high quality education for children the year before kindergarten to prepare them for school success.

Pre-K provides a rigorous academic preschool education for children.  Classes focus on teaching children to:  
             see themselves as capable learners.
             develop reading, writing and math skills.
             work well with other children and adults.

Up to 20 children are enrolled in each class with a licensed teacher and an assistant.
Children are enrolled for a full school year, half days, mornings or afternoons.

Experience life-changing growth:
Become a tutor with Minnesota Reading Corps

If you enjoy working with young children and are interested in helping children gain necessary skills to become readers, please consider serving as a Pre-K literacy tutor. SPPS is working with Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) – the nation’s largest state AmeriCorps program – and we are looking to place 30 tutors in Pre-K classrooms for next school year.

Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) members are from all walks of life. They are parents, recent college graduates, educators, retirees, and mid-career professionals. As a Pre-K literacy tutor you will not only change the world of children who may struggle in school, you will grow your own professional skills and network. Apply today to become a tutor! Go to and indicate you would like to work in St. Paul Pre-K! Feel free to contact Becky Scott-Rudnick,, if you have any questions.

One year. This year. Join Minnesota Reading Corps. Serve to grow.


 What we do 

   Provide professional development for Pre-K Teachers, Assistants and Reading Corps members
   Hire, train and supervise Content Coaches who support Pre-K classrooms
   Hire, train and supervise Parent Educators and Bilingual Family Connection Workers who support Pre-K classrooms and families
   Work with school staff to host multilingual family education workshops
   Work with school staff to support students and families in the transition to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
   Provide families with activities to extend the learning from classroom to home
   Support Pre-K Teachers with curricular resources
   Support Pre-K Teachers with assessment collection and the use of data to inform instruction

 Call us for/when 

   You have questions about Early Childhood Workshop, assessments used in Pre-K, or professional development
   You need a presentation on Early Childhood Workshop or Parent Education topics relevant to Pre-K
   Parents have questions and you need more information specific to Pre-Kindergarten issues

 Our Administrative and Support Staff 

For a list of all staff, see Office of Early Learning Support Staff.

Lisa Gruenewald
Assistant Director, OEL
Connie Krostag
Suzanne (Schwinn) Evans
Data Clerk
Family Resources Teacher Resources
 Apply for Pre-K  Early Childhood Workshop Model
 Pre-K School Sites  Instructional Strategies
 Early Childhood Screening  Instructional Planning
 Frequently Asked Questions            Standards-Based Curriculum and Assessments
 Get Involved  Educational Resources