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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Options: Please click the links for each site's page and read descriptions below.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)-weekly time together classes for parents and their children birth to 5 years old. Our ECFE classes set the stage for parent involvement and children's success in school. Parent Education is also a component in all of our ECFE classes.  The purpose of ECFE is to support and strengthen families as they care for and grow with young children.  We do this by providing age appropriate activities for parents and children, sharing ideas and information to encourage healthy and nurturing relationships, and encouraging confident and effective parenting.

Early Childhood Screening/Kindergarten Registration- Early Childhood Screening provides an opportunity for children and their parents to participate in a health and developmental screening. It is a state law that children be screened before kindergarten and this important screening is recommended at age three.  Identifying potential problems or concerns early allows time for intervention during the critical formative years. Your child will be registered for kindergarten at the same time he or she is screened.  For children that meet the criteria for Special Education, this appointment is optional.

Early Childhood Special Education- Brainerd Public Schools program that provides early intervention and preschool special education to young children, age birth to kindergarten, who show developmental delay in the general areas of speech and language, large and fine motor skills, social and emotional behavior, cognitive and/or adaptive skills, or have vision or hearing losses.  After a child receives a formal evaluation to identify specific needs, trained ECSE teachers and specialists will work with the parents and child to develop his/her greatest potential. From birth to age three, these Special Education services are delivered to the child primarily in his/her home or child care center. From age three to Kindergarten, children receive these services at a variety of early childhood locations.

Kinderclub Early-Age Care & Pre-Kindergarten Program- KinderClub is an all-day childcare, enrichment and kindergarten readiness experience that serves our families during the school year and summer.  Located at the Washington Educational Services Building, hours are 6:30am- 6:00pm Monday through Friday.  Children must be four years old to attend.  Programming prepares children to enter the Brainerd Public Schools Kindergarten program.

School Readiness Preschool- for children ages 3 to 5 (child only program), two or three days a week (half or full days) at the Brainerd Learning Center, Washington Educational Services Building, Baxter or Nisswa Elementary. Our preschool program prepares children to enter school with the necessary skills, behavior and stability they need to progress and flourish.  We focus our learning around classroom routines and procedures, social and emotional development, and academic development.