Office of Early Learning (OEL)
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Pre-Kindergarten Programs

Welcome!

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.

 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
651-744-4792
lisa.gruenewald@spps.org
Connie Krostag
Clerk
651-744-4808
connie.krostag@spps.org
Suzanne (Schwinn) Evans
Data Clerk
651-744-4856
suzanne.schwinn@spps.org
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