2023-2024 School Year (starting September 2023)
We are currently in the planning stages for the 2023-24 school year. At this time, we do not have a set date as to when the application will open. Please continue to watch here for updates.
To be notified via email when the 2023-24 Connections Preschool application will be open, please click here to add your name and email address to our notification request list.
2022-2023 School Year
Connections Preschool is full, with the exception of the nature-based class at Oak Ridge Elementary, which has limited space available. See below for information regarding this class.
Nature-based Connections Preschool Class at Oak Ridge Elementary
Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Science is partnering with Connections Preschool to offer a unique option to experience preschool in a primarily outdoor classroom environment (an indoor classroom will also be utilized). In this program, children will experience the same curriculum and social opportunities as Connections Preschool, all while being immersed in Minnesota's changing seasons and variety of weather.
There is limited space available in this class. Click here to learn more.
Connections Preschool gives children an opportunity to interact with other children in fun, engaging activities while learning important skills. The curriculum supports young children in developing skills in the following areas: creativity and the arts, language and literacy, mathematical and scientific thinking, physical and motor, and social and emotional. Children in Connections Preschool assume increasing personal responsibility and independence as they grow and develop. Program requirements and information:
Families must live in District 196 boundaries.
Children must meet age requirements as of September 1, 2023 for 3- and 4-year olds, and November 1, 2023 for Preschool Discovery.
Concurrent enrollment in Connections Preschool and other state and/or district funded programs cannot be accommodated (ex. Head Start or Family School).
Connections Preschool is a collaboration with our district's Early Childhood Special Education program.
Tuition assistance and scholarships are available for families with identified needs.