Early Childhood Programs
Lakeville Area Schools Community Education has adapted its Early Childhood Education programs to follow MDH and MDE guidance. This includes health screenings, promoting frequent hand washing and hygiene standards, social distancing, small group sizes, extensive cleaning and limits on visitors and observation. These strategies are meant to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 exposure in Community Education programs while continuing to provide the innovative and engaging programs families have come to expect.
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
The Early Childhood Family Education class schedule will begin the week of September 14. Registration for ECFE opens online on August 17, 2020 at noon. ECFE will offer class options that include in-person or online. In-person classes will have small group sizes in accordance with MDH guidance. Health screenings will be conducted in accordance with district plans. Families will receive more information about program details directly from Early Childhood Family Education.
Parents can choose from in-person classes that meet all school year and are billed monthly, or in-person classes that meet for shorter sessions and are billed for the entire session at registration.
Online classes are offered for parents only, for children and parents together, or a combination of online parenting and in-person parent-child interaction in a small group learning environment. Families choosing classes that meet online will be able to pick up learning materials for the course activities. Evening classes for families with infants 0-12 months meet weekly alternating between in-person and online
Licensed Parent Educators are available to all Lakeville Area Schools families with children from birth to grade three, including expectant parents. They are available to meet with families virtually including one-on-one phone visits or video conferences or by appointment at Crystal Lake Education Center.
For more information on Early Childhood Family Education call 952-232-3014 or email ECFE@isd194.org
Early Childhood Screening
In-person screening will resume during the week of August 31, 2020. In-person and virtual screening will be offered consistent with Lakeville Area Schools learning model and state guidance. Any family wishing to complete screening over the phone or virtually may request that option. The most up-to-date information on Early Childhood Screening can be found on the ECS webpage.
To schedule an Early Childhood Screening please complete the Lakeville Area Schools Early Childhood Screening Request form. One of our team members will contact you after receiving your information.
For more information on Early Childhood Screening call 952-232-3000 ext. 3 or email ECScreening@isd194.org.
Small Wonders Preschool
Small Wonders students will meet in person each day of their registered contract in small groups (typically 10 students) to meet developmentally appropriate learning needs and family demand. Health screenings will be conducted in accordance with district plans. Families will receive more information about program details directly from Small Wonders Preschool.
Families who prefer a distance learning option can receive learning materials and virtual support. If a child must remain at home due to quarantine/positive Covid-19 test they may immediately transition to a distance learning format.
Registration Fee, Tuition Fee and Refunds: A $100 non-refundable registration fee and September (first month) tuition are due at the time of registration. September tuition will be refunded if we receive notification to withdraw from Small Wonders on or before August 21. All tuition fees are non-refundable after August 21. Monthly tuition will be collected one month in advance. Tuition received later than the 10th of each month will be assessed a $25 late fee. Small Wonders requires a 30 day written notice when withdrawing a child from the program.
For more information on Small Wonder Preschool call 952-232-3013 or email Small Wonders Preschool Manager Lisa.Piller@isd194.org.
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
Early Childhood Special Education small group and intensive services options for students ages 3-5 will be provided in an AA/BB learning format aligning with special education programs and services at the elementary level. Students will be split into two Learning Groups that attend either Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday. Families will be notified of their student’s schedule.
Students receiving special education services in a Small Wonders classroom as their primary placement will attend according to their Small Wonders preschool schedule.
Birth-age 3 Early Intervention SPED services will continue through Distance Learning in accordance with MDE guidance.
For more information regarding IEP amendments and Due Process, see Special Education.
For more information on Early Childhood Special Education contact Molly Dexter, Early Childhood Special Education Program Manager at 952-232-3011 or Molly.Dexter@isd194.org.