Preschool Programs (4 and 3-year-olds)

Preschool Programs

Preschool Programs

Preschool Programs for Four-year-olds and Three-year-olds

The Early Childhood Education Department provides families with preschool programs to prepare children for an easy transition to kindergarten and long-term academic success.

All classes are taught by high-quality, licensed teachers. The programs listed below focus either on  4-year-olds or 3-year-olds.

Priority Placement Criteria

Priority placement for all preschool programs goes to  students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for free or reduced lunch (based on family income)
  • Is an English Learner (home language is not English)
  • Is homeless
  • Has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or an individual interagency intervention plan
  • Is identified, through health and developmental screenings, with a potential risk factor that may influence learning
  • Is defined as at risk by Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Lives in the school’s attendance zone

Note: Children who are age-eligible for kindergarten are not eligible for enrollment in High Five unless specified by his or her Special Education Individual Education Plan (IEP).


Preschool program for four-year-olds: High Five

HIGH FIVE is a half-day or full-day preschool program for Minneapolis children who:

  1. Turn four years old by September 1.
     
  2. Start kindergarten the following fall.

Teacher-Student ratio is 2:20 = There are 20 students per class maximum with 1 licensed teacher and 1 associate educator

Locations: High Five sites are located at many Minneapolis Public K-8 schools; see list of locations.

Transportation: FREE

Fee: MPS is required by state law to establish a sliding fee scale for High Five students.

  • The sliding fee scale establishes a recommended amount of payment for service based on family income and family size.  See the sliding Fee - updated January 2017 (Hmong, Somali, Spanish)
     
  • No child will be excluded because of their family's inability to pay. The fee for High Five is waived for children who qualify for free and/or reduced priced lunch or who receive special education services. Families that do not qualify for free and/or reduced price lunch will be charged based on the sliding fee scale.

Registration process: You may apply online, complete a school request card, or call 612.668.1840 for registration information and materials.


Preschool Programs for Three-Year-Olds

Currently, two programs are available for three-year-olds, Three School and Alphabet Soup; see below for more information.

1) THREE SCHOOL is a half-day preschool program for children who:

  1. Turn three years old by September 1.
     
  2. Start High Five, a preschool program for four-year-olds, the following fall.
     
  3. Live in North Minneapolis within the area shown below (south of 35th Avenue; east of Penn Avenue; north of West Broadway and west of Third Street):

Three School Boundary Map

Teacher-Student ratio is 3:20 = There are 20 students per class maximum with 1 licensed teacher and 2 associate educators

Transportation: Free
 
Location: Mona Moede Early Learning Center, 2400 Girard Ave. N., Minneapolis 55411

Fee: Based on a sliding fee scale; no one turned away for inability to pay

Registration process: Contact the Mona Moede Early Learning Center at 612.668.2127 or email ecfe@mpls.k12.mn.us

2) ALPHABET SOUP is a full-day or half-day preschool program for three-year-olds.

Age requirement: Children must be three years old by September 1

Teacher-Student ratio is 3:18 = There are 18 students per class maximum with 1 licensed teacher and 2 associate educators

Fee: Based on a sliding fee scale; no one turned away for inability to pay

Location: Webster School, 425 - 5th Street NE, Minneapolis 55413

Transportation: FREE

Registration process: Register online for Alphabet Soup