2023-2024 School Year (started September 2023)
Connections Preschool is accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year. Due to space limitations, we cannot place all applicants. Applications will be reviewed if space becomes available throughout the 2023-2024 school year.
2024-2025 School Year (beginning September 2024): When information is available, you will find it here.
Nature-based Connections Preschool Class at Oak Ridge Elementary
Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences 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.
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.