Early Childhood Programs

Early Childhood Screening

  • Early Childhood Screening helps identify the health and developmental needs of young children before they enter kindergarten. The screening is required by Minnesota law for entrance into kindergarten in public schools. Screenings are free and available to children who are 3-5 years old and live in Saint Paul. For more information, visit: spps.org/Doman/10336 or call 651-632-3746.


  • New for the 2021-22 school year, all Pre-K classes will be full-day. SPPS has 35 Pre-K programs, including Montessori, language immersion, International Baccalaureate and community school programs. Children who are four years old by September 1, 2021, and live in Saint Paul are eligible for enrollment in a Pre-K program.

    Children are accepted into the Pre-K program based on available space. Priority admission is based on whether students are English Learners; are eligible for free or reduced-price meals; or receive Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services. For more information, visit spps.org/prek or call the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

  • Saint Paul Public Schools Community Education offers parent and early childhood education from birth to kindergarten. We offer classes at 10 locations throughout Saint Paul. All classes have three components: parent and child together time, parent time and child time. For more information, visit spps.org/ecfe or call 651-793-5410. 

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

  • The Birth to Three Early Intervention program provides year-round services at no cost to families. An Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is developed based on parent priorities for their child’s development. Services occur within the natural routines of the home, at Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) or a child care center. For information, visit spps.org/specialed or call 651-744-5661. 

    Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services for 3-4-year-old children are provided in SPPS Pre-K classrooms (age 4), in SPPS ECSE classrooms, in community daycare or preschool sites, at Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), Head Start or at home. For more information, visit spps.org/specialed or call 651-744-8094.

Early Admission to Kindergarten

  • Students whose fifth birthday falls between Sept. 2 and Dec. 31, 2021, may apply for early admission to kindergarten assessment through the Student Placement Center. The deadline for applications is March 5, 2021. Students recommended for early admission to kindergarten will be enrolled based on available space, and only after all kindergarten-eligible students are placed. Families are also encouraged to apply for full-day pre-kindergarten in addition to applying for Early Admission to Kindergarten. For more information, please call the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760.

Contact Information

  • Early Childhood Screening

    Early Learning

    • Early Admission to Kindergarten
    • Blast Off to Kindergarten
    • Pre-kindergarten

    Special Education

    • Early Childhood Special Education
    • Specialized Schools and Programs
    • Specialized Services