Minnetonka Preschool

Minnetonka Preschool is a part of the Minnetonka School District, and shares the commitment to world class, child-centered excellence. Minnetonka Preschool focuses on preparing children for kindergarten by following Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards and implementing research-based curriculum and assessment. Participation in classes enhance children’s learning and development through intentional environments, licensed staff, differentiated instruction and parent engagement. Minnetonka Preschool has received accreditation from The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has earned the Four Star Parent Aware Rating from the state.

2020-21 Minnetonka Preschool

We are operating at 50% classroom capacity in Minnetonka Preschool this year and are excited to continue to offer a traditional, high quality, in-person preschool experience through evidence-based curriculum and assessment, as well as a variety of social-emotional development opportunities.

Drop-off and Pick-up

  • Drop-off - Preschoolers’ temperatures will be taken curbside.  Children with a temperature of over 100 degrees must return home with their parent/guardian.  It is best for preschoolers to be in the backseat in an obstruction-free location so staff can easily reach-in through the window and take each child’s temperature.  Parents will assist their preschooler out of their vehicle, and staff will escort children into the building. 

  • Pick-up - Teachers will escort children out of the building, and parents will pick-up their preschoolers at a designated location which will be communicated prior to the start of the preschool year. 

Social interaction is at the heart of the preschool experience and is important for children’s development.  Social distancing strategies and minimizing exposure will include:

  • Striving to create as much space between preschoolers as possible while recognizing that this is not always feasible, especially with early learners.  Specific times when children will be 6 feet apart include: 

    • Snack time

    • Circle time

  • Continuing to use our playground facilities and our Outdoor Learning Center while implementing strategies to strive for social distancing (including but not limited to smaller groups of students). 

Safety and protection

  • Hand washing with soap upon arrival at preschool and multiple times during the preschool day. 

  • Limiting the number of children on the playground and/or the gym. 

  • Drinking fountains in the hallway, other than the bottle fill stations, are not accessible.

  • HEPA 13 medical grade air purifying devices are in each classroom.

Following District mask requirements: 

All adults (staff and visitors) and children over five years old will be required to wear a mask while in school buildings. Masks are also required outdoors on school property when social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained.

There are some situations where a student or adult may be exempt from wearing a mask. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, those who are exempt include:

  • Children under age 2 years

  • Children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are not required to wear face coverings, but are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering if they can do so reliably.

Lab confirmed COVID positive case

  • If any staff (building or District) are made aware of a lab confirmed COVID positive case, they will notify the school nurse and building Administration/Early Childhood Coordinator at their site immediately.

  • The school nurse will notify the District Health Services Coordinator and in conjunction with the District Health Services Coordinator, we will follow-up with the family and MDH to confirm the case and determine next steps.

  • If a teacher or para tests positive for COVID-19, per current Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines the teacher would need to stay home at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and until they have no fever for at least 24 hours without medication as well as improvement of other symptoms.  

  • Please visit Minnetonka Schools’ Coronavirus (COVID-19 Response Plan) webpage for more scenarios and frequently asked COVID related questions.

     

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Wonder, discover, create and dream

Discover a place where children are inspired to wonder, create, learn, and dream. At Minnetonka Preschool, a love of learning is ignited by providing children with opportunities to learn about the world around them through hands-on exploration. Research-based curriculum focuses on social/emotional and cognitive development, as well as literacy, science, the arts, social studies, language, math and motor skills.

Teachers make the difference

Most important to families is the relationship between their child and classroom staff. Your Minnetonka Preschool staff love children and are highly trained in child development, CPR and First Aid, and providing individualized learning. Teachers hold Minnesota teaching licenses in either birth-Grade 3 or Prekindergarten instruction. The student-to-staff ratio in preschool classes is 9:1.

Engaging Environments

Warm and welcoming classrooms are essential in order for your child to learn, grow, and make friends. Intentional interest areas include dramatic play, blocks and construction, art, sensory play, music and movement, and literacy. Your child will benefit from a schedule that includes discovery, small group, large group/circle, snack, and outdoor/gym time

Parent Involvement

Your Minnetonka Preschool teachers welcome questions and conversations. Ongoing communication contributes to your learner's success. Teachers' knowledge and experience will help you navigate every stage of your child’s development. Join Minnetonka Preschool PTO to meet other parents and support volunteer activities.

Creative Curriculum

Focusing on key components of how children learn, Creative Curriculum promotes the development of cognitive, fine/gross motor, language, literacy, math, science and social/emotional skills. It guides developmentally appropriate, high-quality instruction

GOLD Assessment

The GOLD Assessment is an authentic and comprehensive assessment tool aligned with state and national standards. It is designed to monitor the growth of all learners. The assessment data informs teachers' planning and instruction and also evaluates preschoolers' development and learning.

NAEYC Accredited and Parent Aware Four Star Rating

NAEYC Accredited to earn this national accreditation, Minnetonka Preschool has undergone an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria.

Parent Aware Four-Star Rating, Parent Aware helps parents identify early education programs that implement best practices in preparing children for kindergarten. Attributes of a Four-Star Parent Aware Program include:

  • Facilitates ongoing assessment of child's progress
  • Continually adapts lesson plans and goals to meet individual needs
  • Regularly updates parents on child's progress
  • Communicates across cultures
  • Provides staff annual professional development

Combine Minnetonka Preschool and Junior Explorers for a full-day program

Junior Explorers  is a flexible childcare program for children age three to five. Combining Minnetonka Preschool and Junior Explorers childcare is a great option for families looking for a world-class preschool program and wrap-around childcare.

Add MCE activities for a fun, full and enriching preschool day

A great opportunity to save your limited family time in the evenings! In conjunction with Minnetonka Preschool, Minnetonka Community Education offers a variety of enrichment and recreational activities that can be wrapped into your child’s day at the Minnetonka Community Education Center. Your child can attend preschool, take a dance, music or language class and go to Junior Explorers childcare— all between drop-off and pick-up! Our staff will accompany children between each activity to ensure a safe, supervised transition.