The Office of Early Learning
The Office of Early Learning coordinates the Pre-Kindergarten Program and is responsible for providing support and education for staff and families to ensure high-quality education for children the year before Kindergarten to prepare them for school success. Our mission is to ensure lasting achievement for all early learners.
News & Updates
SPPS Partners with Head Start to Expand Pre-Kindergarten
SPPS and Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties Head Start program are partnering to expand Pre-K access at three SPPS elementary schools in fall 2023. This partnership is a mixed-delivery model with both organizations pooling funds and resources to provide 4-year-old children with a high-quality Pre-K education.
Registration for the NEW Nature Discovery Pre-K Program is Now Open
Registration for the NEW Nature Discovery Pre-K program at St. Anthony Park Elementary opens MONDAY 4/17 at 9 a.m. This fee-based program offers half day, full day and extended day options in partnership with Discovery Club.
Apply to Saint Paul Public Schools
To apply for Pre-Kindergarten or Early Admission to Kindergarten or First Grade, please contact our Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760.
About the Office of Early Learning
Pre-Kindergarten 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.
View a list of Saint Paul Public Schools sites that offer Pre-Kindergarten programs.
Nature Pre-K is a fee-based program that offers half day, full day and extended day options in partnership with Discovery Club.
Head Start Pre-K Partnership
SPPS and Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties Head Start program are partnering to open more Pre-K programs for four-year-old children at three SPPS elementary schools in fall 2023. This partnership is a mixed-delivery model, which means that both organizations will pool funds and resources to provide children with a high-quality Pre-K education.
STEPS (Starting Transitions Early to Promote Success)
STEPS is an Office of Early Learning initiative designed to provide early supports for children ages birth to 5 years and their caregivers. STEPS offers opportunities for children and their caregivers to engage in experiences that support early transitions both at home and in community settings.
Early Care and Education (ECE) Partnerships
The Office of Early Learning partners with Early Care and Education Providers to support children and families at a range of ages, in a range of settings, prior to entering Kindergarten.
Early Learning Coalitions
Early Learning Coalitions seek to integrate the relationships young children and their families have with individuals and organizations so these systems work together to impact the whole child.
Contact Early Learning
Lori Erickson, Ed.D.
Assistant Director, OEL
E. Ashley Childs
Supervisor, Pre-K Programming
Nikole T. Logan, Ed.D.
Supervisor, Pre-K Family Engagement and Community Partnerships