Office of Early Learning (OEL)
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PreKindergarten (PreK) Programs

"To ensure lasting achievement for all early learners"


To apply for PreK, please visit our Student Placement Center.  

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The PreKindergarten Program 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.

PreK 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 PreK 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 PreK 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 PreK!  Feel free to contact Caroline Vollmar,, if you have any questions.

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


 What we do 

   Provide professional development for PreK Teachers, Assistants and Reading Corps members
   Hire, train and supervise Content Coaches who support PreK classrooms
   Hire, train and supervise Parent Educators and Bilingual Family Connection Workers who support PreK 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 PreKindergarten and Kindergarten
   Provide families with activities to extend the learning from classroom to home
   Support PreK Teachers with curricular resources
   Support PreK 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 PreK, or professional development
   You need a presentation on Early Childhood Workshop or Parent Education topics relevant to PreK
   Parents have questions and you need more information specific to PreKindergarten issues

 Our Administrative and Support Staff 

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

Lori Erickson, Ed.D.
Interim Assistant Director, OEL
Bonnie Reyes
PreK-3 Content Coach, Lead
Nikole Logan
Partnership Program Coordinator, Lead
Family Resources Teacher Resources
Apply for PreK Early Childhood Workshop Model
PreK Schools Instructional Strategies
Early Childhood Screening Instructional Planning
Frequently Asked Questions Standards-Based Curriculum and Assessments
Get Involved Educational Resources