About The Office of Early Learning

  • The Office of Early Learning (OEL) Pre-Kindergarten Program (Pre-K) aims to:

    • improve the school readiness of Saint Paul children;
    • offer a rigorous academic approach; and
    • help prevent St. Paul’s achievement gap.

    2020-2021 Pre-K Brochure  -  Espanõl  -  Hmoob  -  Somaali 

    The Pre-Kindergarten program is aligned with the district's K-12 standards-based instructional model.  Standards-based curriculum and assessments guide the program to continuously improve performance and quality.

    The program was developed and supported by a culmination of lessons learned through Early Reading First grants (2006-20072007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-10), McKnight Project Early Kindergarten grants and School Readiness programs.

    The Pre-Kindergarten program provides a rigorous academic preschool education for children.  Classes focus on teaching children to:

    • see themselves as capable learners;
    • develop reading, writing and math skills; and
    • work well with other children and adults.

    Up to 20 children are enrolled in each class with a licensed teacher and an assistant. Children are enrolled for a full school year, half day (mornings or afternoons) and full day.

    What we do: 

    • Provide professional development for Pre-Kindergarten Teachers and Paraprofessionals
    • Hire, train and supervise Content Coaches who support Pre-Kindergarten classrooms
    • Hire, train and supervise Partnerships Coordinators who support Pre-Kindergarten classrooms and families
    • Work with school staff to host multilingual family education workshops
    • Work with school staff to support students and families in the transition to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
    • Provide families with information to extend the learning from classroom to home
    • Support Pre-Kindergarten Teachers with curricular resources
    • Support Pre-Kindergarten Teachers with assessment collection and the use of data to inform instruction 

     Call us for/when: 

    • You have questions about Early Childhood Workshop, assessments used in Pre-Kindergarten.
    • You need a presentation on Early Childhood Workshop or Family Education topics relevant to early learning.
    • Families have questions and you need more information specific to Pre-Kindergarten issues. 

    Our Administrative and Support Staff 

    For a list of all staff, see OEL Support Staff.