Welcome to Pre-K!

Children raising hand in class
  • About Pre-K

    The Pre-Kindergarten program provides preschool education for children the year before kindergarten to prepare them for school success.  Classes focus on teaching children to :

    • See themselves as self directed learners
    • Develop reading, writing and math skills
    • Work well with other children and adults
    • Develop a love and appreciation for learning!

    Class Size

    Up to 20 children are enrolled in each class with a licensed teacher and a full time teacher's assistant. 

    Class Time

    Children are enrolled for a full school year, five days a week, in the mornings or afternoons. 

    Morning class time:      9:30-12:00 p.m.
    Afternoon class time:   1:30- 4:00 p.m.

    Enrollment:

    the Pre-Kindergarten Program is open to children who are:

    • Four years old by September 1st and
    • Living in Saint Paul.

    Enrollment priority is given to children who are:

    • From families with low incomes (eligible for free or reduced-priced meals at school), or
    • English Language Learners, or
    • Enrolled in Early Childhood Special Education


    To apply call the Saint Paul Student Placement Center (651)632-3760 for an application and information about the enrollment process.

Meet the teacher

  • Hello! My name is Mrs. Matzke.

    I have been teaching in the St. Paul district since 2007.  Along with teaching pre-k at Groveland I have also taught pre-k at Randolph Heights and 6th grade at Como Park.  I earned my bachelor's degree in elementary education and early childhood education at Winona State University in 2006, and completed my master's degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders in 2015.

    I love the energy and enthusiasm that 4 and 5 year olds bring into the classroom and believe that students learn best when provided fun, unique, and hands on experiences.  My goal is to make your child's first school experience a great one! 

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

    jacklyn.matzke@spps.org