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Preschool

Preschool supports a child's social-emotional growth while also increasing skills in language, literacy and physical development for future success. Preschool offers a great environment where children can create important social connections with their peers.
 

   

Contact

Enrollment Questions:
Brenda Griffin
Office Coordinator
651-425-7160

bgriffin@sowashco.org

Program Supervision:
Joyce Beaird 
Early Learning Family Services Manager
651-425-7169
jbeaird@sowashco.org

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About Preschool | Threes Preschool Schedule | Multi-age Preschool Schedule | Fours Preschool Schedule | Registration Information | Enrollment Requirements | Questions and Answers | Parent Resources | Early Learning Blog


 

Threes preschool and the multi-age preschool offers three, four and five-year-old children a variety of site and programming options, including two and three day classes. Some classes provide an option for parents to register for a parent discussion group as part of the class registration. Childcare will be provided if you wish to register for the parent discussion group and your child does not attend preschool at the same time as the group meets. Childcare will also be provided for other siblings ages birth to five years. 

*OPTIONAL PARENT DISCUSSION GROUP - These preschool sections provide an option for parents to register for a parent discussion group as part of the class registration. The parent groups will meet Wednesdays at the District Program Center and Fridays at Valley Crossing Elementary from 9:15- 10:45 am. Childcare will be provided if you wish to register for the parent discussion group and your child does not attend preschool at the same as the group meets. Childcare will also be provided for other siblings. If you choose to register for the parent portion and/or childcare, there will be an option as you register to indicate that you would like to participate.

 

Threes Preschool Schedule 2022-23

 

Multi-age Preschool Schedule 2022-23

Children that are 4-years-old on or before Sept. 1 are eligible to attend our Pre-Kindergarten programs five days a week. View the 2022-23 Pre-K schedule to determine if this is right for your child. 

four's Preschool Schedule 2022-23

 

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Parent resources

Early learning blog

 

 

Along with the joy of becoming a parent comes a lot of questions about raising a child. It can be hard to find answers and information. Our Early Learning blog can provide the information you seek. Written by one of our own ECFE Licensed Parent Educators, each blog offers insight into child development, parenting strategies, and other important topics that can support parents during their parenting journey. View our extensive blog library of topics as well as our most recent post below:

Young children encounter problems on a daily basis. This starts even in infancy. Your baby wants a toy that is out of reach. Your toddler wants a turn with a toy. Your preschooler is trying to build with blocks, but it isn’t working the way they want. A friend takes your child’s toy. Maybe you have observed your child experience one of these problems or something similar. How did they respond to their problem? The reality is that young children often let us know they have a problem by melting down. They haven’t yet developed the skills necessary to solve their problem themselves. Parents need to step in and help their child practice problem-solving skills.

He never listens. She doesn’t share. My kids always fight. If these thoughts sound familiar to you, you may be experiencing the effects of your negativity bias. The human brain is designed to notice and focus on negative stimuli more than positive stimuli. This negativity bias is also why we tend to dwell on negative experiences for longer than we revel in our positive experiences. As you can imagine this negativity bias has a tremendous impact in all areas of our lives, including our relationship with our children.

He never listens. She doesn’t share. My kids always fight. If these thoughts sound familiar to you, you may be experiencing the effects of your negativity bias. The human brain is designed to notice and focus on negative stimuli more than positive stimuli. This negativity bias is also why we tend to dwell on negative experiences for longer than we revel in our positive experiences. As you can imagine this negativity bias has a tremendous impact in all areas of our lives, including our relationship with our children.

Raising kids is hard. Probably one of the hardest things we do. Having people beyond you and your parenting partner who are actively involved in your child’s life can go a long way to lightening that load. For my children, this list included grandparents, aunts, and uncles who cheer them on in school or sports, show up at the games, drive them to practice, take them for the weekend, provide guidance and a safe place to fall, and so much more. Our list of people who have helped us raise our children also includes my three best friends. So, this is my thank you to them. The women who have been an integral part of helping my children become who they are not because they are family, but because they have chosen to love my children.