Early Start Program

  • As of 2015 - 2016 the Early Start Program will no longer serve pre kindergarten through 3rd grade students. Please read the following infomation: 

    We regret to inform you that the Early Start Program will no longer be available to pre kindergarten through third grade students for the 2015-2016 school year.

    The funding that made the Early Start program possible was through the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. The 21st CCLC grant is federal funded and is administered through Minnesota Department of Education. The grant supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children.

    In 2014-2015 the St. Paul Public Schools – Community Education was awarded the Cohort 6 grant but designated the funding for grades 4th – 8th grade, in addition, it added two more grant sites Parkway Montessori and Hazel Park Preparatory Academy.

    This direction has reduced the budget for our out of school time programming at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus. To support the grant goals we are forced to only provide funding for the 4th – 8th grade students.

    This past year, ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students, http://www.aces4kids.org) joined Early Start and has made a significant impact helping achieve the grant goals including; helping support standards in core academic subjects through tutoring, providing enrichment and recreational time and mentoring to the 4th – 8th grade students. ACES will be returning to the Early Start program next school year. By June 1, 2015 more details about the program outline for 4th – 8th grade students will be available.

    Discovery Club is SPPS Community Education’s fee based out of school time program. The Discovery Club at Four Seasons A+ Elementary School located at 318 Moore St., Saint Paul, MN 55104 is available for families looking for before school care (pre-k – 5th grade). The program begins at 6:30 am and they will provide busing to Linwood Monroe Arts Plus. For more information please visit http://spps.schoolwires.net/Page/391.



    Who: All 4th - 8th grade students enrolled at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus

    Where: Linwood Monroe Arts Plus - Monroe Campus 810 Palace Avenue St. Paul, MN 55102

    When: Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 

    What: A drop in morning program offered to students starting at 7:30 am. The Early Start Program is located at the Monroe Campus in the choir room. Students participate in homework assistants, reading, amd board games until 8:30 am. From 8:30 - 9:15 a.m. students participate in a rotating schedule of computer time and open gym. Friday's is movie day! 

    The Early Start Program:

    Early Start is a free*  morning program offered to Linwood Monroe families (4th – 8th grade)

    Early Start will begin: TBD

    Early Start hours are7:30 am – 9:30 am

    There is a $10.00 registration fee per family. Make checks payable to: SPPS Community Education

    Students are not allowed to be in the building prior to 7:30, no early drop offs will be allowed.

    The program is located at the Monroe Campus. Students use the community room, choir room, gym, and computer lab.

    Students must be registered prior to starting. 

    Transportation must be provided to Monroe to participate in the Early Start program.

    Transportation will be provided from Monroe to the Linwood Campus at 9:10. 

    Linwood Monroe employees staff the Early Start program. 

    Early Start is dismissed in time for all students to participate in Breakfast to Go. 

    We will not accept students who have been suspended from the bus or one time drop ins. 

    Student must participate in the Early Start program a minimum of 2 days per week to maintain enrollment.

Early Start Coordinator

  • Michelle O'Connor



    810 Palace Ave. 

    St. Paul, MN 55102