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  • Age Group Classes

    Age Group Classes are grouped by specific developmental ages and stages. The age group cohorts allow us to focus activities and conversations on your child's current developmental milestones. Each class offers the ECFE class experience including parent and child time (PACT) followed by children's learning and play time as well as parent discussion. Sibling care is available where listed. 
  • Classes with Kits

    Need new ideas to engage your curious child(ren) at home? Your family will enjoy, exploring, investigating, and experimenting with our at home lessons. There will be video lessons and activities each week. These classes will have a one-time material pick-up prior to the start of class. Come explore with us! These are at-home/online courses.
  • Focus Classes

    Each Class offers the ECFE experience including PACT followed by children's learning and play time and a parent discussion. Parents move to a separate room for discussion. Child care is available.
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  • Non-Separating Classes

    You and your child will remain together for the entire class. Each class offers the ECFE experience including parent and child time (PACT). These classes include a parent discussion in the same room as your child. Nannies welcome.
  • Online Classes

    You've got parenting questions? We have information and support. Take our online classes from any device that can connect to the internet. All classes are readily available through Google Meets. 
  • Play with Purpose

    Discover learning through your child's eyes in these parent and child classes. Parents will enjoy circle time, themed play, songs, and stories with the children. See class descriptions for information about separation. Nannies welcome where indicated. 
  • Preschool Age Child Care

    Preschool Age Child Care Program (PACC) is a extended day care option for enrolled RPS Preschool students. PACC provides a variety or developmentally-appropriate activities which will help your child practice new skills learned during their preschool day. 2023-2024 School Year Contract (August-May) 2024-2025 School Year Contract (August-June) PACC CONTRACTS INCLUDE: CHOOSE YOUR OWN SCHEDULE (1 session required/contract) DROP-IN DAYS (Under 7-day notice) PACC is not available on non-school days, school breaks or during inclement weather school closings. REMINDER: FAMILIES WILL ONLY NEED ONE COMMUNITY EDUCATION ACCOUNT Each year, you have the option to create contracts in this account for each child: 2023-2024 PACC School Year (children 3 years and up registered for RPS Preschool) AM Session: 6:30 - 9:45 - $15/session (Drop-in Care $20/session) PM Session: 3:45 - 6:00 PM - $15/session (Drop-in Care $20/session) 2024-2025 PACC School Year (children 3 years and up registered for RPS Preschool) Registration Fee: $ /family/year Day: 6:30 AM -6:00 PM - $/day (Drop-in Care $/day) 2025 SACC Summer (children 5 years old and entering kindergarten - those entering 6th grade for the 2024-2025 school year) 2024-2025 SACC School Year (children 5 years old entering kindergarten - 5th grade) If you cannot access your account with your email address and password, please contact the SACC Office at (507) 328-4040 or saccoffice@rochesterschools.org and we will help reset your password. REGISTRATION PAYMENT OPTIONS: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit/debit cards will be accepted. Bank accounts are also excepted as a payment option. IMMUNIZATIONS: Current immunizations are required to be up to date with Rochester Public School District. For more information, you may contact Kim Oeltjen (SACC Nurse) at: (507) 328-4046 / kioeltjen@rochesterschools.org Julie Haubenschild (SACC Nurse) at: (507) 328-4046 / juhaubenschild@rochesterschools.org Records and Registrations at: (507) 328-4200 / registration@rochesterschools.org
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  • RPS Preschool

    Skills we build in preschool serve us for a lifetime—positive relationships, language and literacy, numbers and thinking skills, and much more. RPS Preschool prepares young learners ages 3-5 for a future of school and life success. We use a play-based approach facilitated by high quality educators with respected curricula and assessments in a positive learning environment. Rochester Public Schools Preschool is a quality preschool program that respects the unique needs of each child. When children are prepared to succeed at kindergarten entrance, all of society benefits. RPS Preschool Locations: Hoover Early Learning School 369 Elton Hills Dr NW Rochester, MN 55901 Northrop Education Center 201 8th ST NW Rochester, MN 55901 *Mighty Oaks Early Learning School 3800 50th Ave SE Rochester, MN 55904 Tours can be requested at: https://forms.gle/q4HjUAKsCgzdZXmx7 For more information and class descriptions please visit our website at https://preschool.rochesterschools.org/o/pre The RPS Preschool 2024-25 school year runs September 3rd 2024 through June 4th 2025 and will follow the RPS K-12 school calendar for breaks and holidays. Preschool locations and class times are subject to change. *The Rochester Public School Board is currently deliberating an Attendance Options Redesign which would move Mighty Oaks Early Learning School to another school district location. The expected school board decision will me made in spring of 2024. If you need assistance with registering, or would like a paper copy of our registration or Financial Assistance application, please visit the RPS Preschool/ECFS office at 201 8th Street NW, or call 507-328-4020. Our financial assistance application is available on request from the RPS Preschool/ECFS Office at Northrop Community Center, 507-328-4020 or you can apply online at https://forms.gle/J28DJ5jwfk5vnnaz8 Please enroll below in a preschool program BEFORE applying for FA.
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  • School Age Child Care

    The School Age Child Care Program is available at all Rochester Public Schools Elementary sites. The program provides a safe, nurturing environment where children can feel they are significant and they belong. Our goal of the School Age Child Care Program is to provide a variety of developmentally appropriate activities including arts/crafts, STEAM activities, self-directed play, field trips, library, tech time, physical activities (indoor/outdoor), community service, and to offer an environment where homework is encouraged. REGISTRATION OPENING 2024 Summer Contract April 17, 2024 (6:00AM) children 5 years old & entering kindergarten - those entering 6th grade JUNE 5- AUGUST 9 Overland Riverside Sunset Limited Care Week/Northrop August 12-16 2024-2025 School Year Contract May 15, 2024 (6:00AM) children 5 years old entering kindergarten - 5th grade AUGUST - JUNE (LAST DAY OF SCHOOL) FAMILIES WILL ONLY NEED ONE COMMUNITY EDUCATION ACCOUNT All registration is done online SACC CONTRACTS INCLUDE: CHOOSE YOUR OWN SCHEDULE (1 day required/contract) DROP-IN DAYS (Under 7 day notice) NON-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT DAYS (NSED) School Year Contract only INCLEMENT WEATHER DAYS (IWD) School Year Contract only If you cannot access your account with your email address and password, please contact the SACC Office at (507) 328-4040 or saccoffice@rochesterschools.org and we will help reset your password. REGISTRATION PAYMENT OPTIONS Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit/debit cards will be accepted. Bank accounts are also excepted as a payment option. IMMUNIZATIONS Current immunizations are required to attend. You are required to keep them up to date with Rochester Public School District. For more information, you may contact: Kim Oeltjen (SACC Nurse) at: (507) 328-4046 / kioeltjen@rochesterschools.org Julie Haubenschild (SACC Nurse) at: (507) 328-4046 / juhaubenschild@rochesterschools.org Records and Registrations at: (507) 328-4200 / registration@rochesterschools.org MEALS Please contact Student Nutrition Services at (507) 328-4250 if your child has specific dietary needs School Year Contracts: breakfast is available and will be charged to your Student Nutrition Services paypams account
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  • School Age Child Care / Field Trips

    You can register for Trips for the following sites (School Year; Bamber Valley, and Northrop). (Summer Trips are at Ben Franklin, Gage, and Sunset Terrace.) They will be open and available a month in advance.
  • School Age Child Care / Summer Trips

    If you click on the summer site it will give you the list of trips for the entire summer. You can register for them when the trips are open and available.
  • Support Groups

    Support groups are a gathering of people with common experiences or concerns who provide each other with encouragement, comfort, advice and support. Each class offers the ECFE class experience including parent and child time (PACT) followed by children's learning and play time and a parent discussion. Parents move to a separate room for a parent discussion. No fee, however registration is required. Child care is available.
  • Week By Week

    Made to fit your schedule! Attend one class or all of the classes with our flexible "week by week" registration. Each class offers the ECFE class experience including parent and child time (PACT). Parent discussion also included. See class descriptions for information about separation. 
  • Yearlong

    Age Group Classes are grouped by specific developmental ages and stages. The age group cohorts allow us to focus activities and conversations on your child's current developmental milestones. Each class offers the ECFE class experience including parent and child time (PACT) followed by children's learning and play time as well as parent discussion. Open registration begins in the fall followed by priority registration for our winter and spring sessions, allowing the group participants to remain together for the entire school year. New participants are welcome to register if space is available.