Welcome to the Early Childhood/Preschool application and registration page. We offer preschool programs to children ages 3-5. We also offer an Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) option for those with children birth to 5 that we call Footsteps.
Online Applications and Registration for the 2018-2019 school year will open March 1, 2018. Please contact Vicki Koehler in the Elementary School Main Office for information on registration.
Please see information and instructions below for the registration process!
Once registration is open, the links to respective applications for our programs are to the right, along with other documents to download, view, and complete. Note that the pricing information for the 2018-2019 school year has been updated for all of the programs. Thank you!
Once registration is open, please follow these steps:
Note that priority for enrollment is given to in-district families, but out-of-district families are always welcome to apply! If you are unsure if you live in the Dover-Eyota district, please use the district/poll-finder web tool at http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/schooldistricts to find out!
- Find the box on the right (you may need to scroll down the page) that corresponds to the program you are interested in for enrolling your child. You will see a number of links relating to forms and documents that you will need to review and complete.
- First, complete the online application for the program that you would like to enroll your child in.
- Return to this area (a link is provided at the conclusion of the online form) to download, print, and complete the other documents provided for that program.
- The completed documents can then be mailed to (or dropped off at) the Dover-Eyota Elementary Office
- All forms must be turned in before your child can enroll in our Early Childhood Programs.
- Note that some programs require a payment to be made by a certain date. Specific costs for each of our programs are listed below and are also available on the Early Childhood Brochure link.
- Any questions should be directed to Vicki Koehler at the Elementary Office at 507-545-2632.
- Note that class offerings do need a minimum number of registered students for them to run. If an offering doesn't meet a minimum, you will be notified and other options can be discussed with you.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMS
Our ECFE classes are for children from birth to age five. Parents attend these sessions with their children. There are three (mixed age) class time options for the 2018-2019 school year and each meets once per week: Monday Evening (5:30-7:00PM), Thursday Morning (8:00-9:30AM), and Thursday Morning (9:45-11:15AM). Parents select one 90 minute class time option to enroll in that best fits their family's weekly schedule. The ECFE class consists of a two part structure. The 90 minute class is structured with the first part as parent/child together time. Parents and children participate in organized activities and an educational circle time. The second part is parent/child separation time. Parents meet with a parent educator to discuss parenting topics, while children enjoy a preschool experience with the child educator and playtime with other children.
LOOK AT ME I'M 3:
Classes are offered throughout the school year, with a payment breakdown of three sessions (fall, winter, and spring) during the year. Once you have enrollment confirmation, a registration fee of $10 is due June 1, 2018. Then there are 3 payments of $40 each due at the start of each trimester during the school year. A total of $120 if done as individual payments each trimester, or $110 if paid in full ($10 savings) at the start of the school year. Footsteps also offers a family cap, meaning that the 3rd child is free! The enrollment limit for Footsteps is 12 children per class. Note that for Footsteps, the Emergency Contact Form is not needed since parents attend at the same time the students do.
Our program for three-year-old children is called "Look At Me I'm 3!" This program is for children who are at least 3 years old by September 1 of the school year in which they are enrolling. It meets twice per week on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:00 until 11:00 AM. There is not transportation to or from this class and parents are responsible for getting their child to class and picking them up. Once you have enrollment confirmation, the registration payment of $100 is due June 1, 2018, and then there are 8 additional monthly payments of $100 each during the school year. The Payment Schedule for this program will be made available at Open House. Enrollment minimums for the Look At Me I'm 3 Classes are 10 children. This means that we open up additional sections of Look at Me I'm 3 Classes at increments of 10 (e.g. 20 students = 2 separate classes).
Our class for 4-5 year olds is called LRP. This stands for "Learning Readiness Program". Children should be at least 4 years old by September 1 of the school year in which they are enrolling. There are two separate classes that are offered. The morning group meets 3 days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) from 8:00-11:00 AM. and is $195 per month. The afternoon class meets Monday through Friday (5 afternoons per week) from 11:45 AM - 2:45 PM and is $260 per month. Please note a clarification on the transportation that is provided for the morning and afternoon classes, as they are a little different: For morning classes, students ride to the Elem on bus routes and then, LRP provides transportation back home or to daycare after class for resident students. For Afternoon Class students, LRP provides a bus to pick up students from home or daycare, and then students can ride their assigned bus home. Once you have enrollment confirmation, the registration payment (either $195 or $260 depending on which option you choose) is due June 1, 2018. After that, there are 9 additional monthly payments (again, either $195 or $260 depending on your choice) made throughout the school year. The Payment Schedule for this program will be made available at Open House. Enrollment limit for LRP is 18 children per class.
We are also offering a Transitions Class for students that are at least 5 years old by November 1 of the school year in which they are enrolling. This class is offered as one session that meets three times per week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for full days from 8:00AM - 2:45PM. Once you have enrollment confirmation, the registration payment of $295 is due June 1, 2018. After that, there are an additional 9 monthly payments of $295 made throughout the school year The Payment Schedule for this program will be made available at Open House. The enrollment limit for the Transitions Class is 18 children per class.
All of our programs are taught by teachers with 4-year college degrees in education. The preschool teachers have special training in early childhood education and years of experience working with children in this age group.
Childhood experts agree: "Attending a high-quality program prepares kids for kindergarten and beyond. There's increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to preschool," says Parent Advisor Kathleen McCartney, PhD, Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "At preschool, they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes and, more important, they learn how to socialize -- get along with other children, share, and contribute to circle time."
Children who attend high-quality preschool enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not.
If you are interested in enrolling your child in one of our high-quality pre-school programs for the upcoming school year, registration will be open starting March 1, 2018. Application process includes the online application forms and some documents that you will have to download and fill out and return to us at the Elementary Office. Registration is on a first-come basis, with priority given to in-district families. Registration does fill very fast, so be sure to get all forms and fees in early to ensure placement. Once classes are full, you may have to be put on a waiting list, or when applicable register for your second or third choice of classes.
If you have any questions, please contact the Dover-Eyota Elementary office at 507-545-2632 or 888-273-0189.