Early Childhood Education

There is a wide range of early childhood education programs available to Saint Paul Public Schools families. Follow the links below for more information.

Early Childhood Screening
It's important to have children screened at an early age so there is adequate time to obtain help for any identified concerns before the child enters school. Children are expected to be screened prior to participation in the Pre-Kindergarten Program. State law requires that all children must be screened before starting kindergarten.

Early Reading First
Early Reading First is a district website that provides families with essential information on early childhood screenings, preparing your child for kindergarten, lists of pre-school sites, and how to get involved in your child's education and more.

Blast Off to Kindergarten
Blast Off to K provides parents and communities with resources to help children get ready for kindergarten.

Pre-Kindergarten Program
Saint Paul Public Schools recognizes the benefits of early childhood education. Many schools have programs for 4-year-olds to help them prepare for success in kindergarten. Children who are 4 years old by September 1, 2013, are eligible to attend a program in fall 2013. Most programs for 4-year-olds have 2.5-3 hour long classes and three sites have a full-day program; all classes meet 
five days a week.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
ECFE offers parent and early childhood education for families with children between birth and kindergarten age. ECFE is based on the idea that the family provides a child's first and most important learning environment, and parents are a child's first and most significant teachers.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
ECSE provides special education services to children from ages birth to kindergarten in a variety of settings including home, community and school-based early childhood programs, and ECSE center-based locations. Children are eligible for ECSE through a special education evaluation.