The Office of Early Learning

  • PreKindergarten and Kindergarten Programs

    "To Ensure Lasting Achievement For All Early Learners"



    The Office of Early Learning coordinates the PreKindergarten 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. 

    APPLY: To apply for PreKindergarten or Kindergarten, please visit our Student Placement Center. 

    The PreKindergarten 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
    • 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 (mornings or afternoons) and full days.


    In addition, The Office of Early Learning supports Kindergarten programming.  Schools using the Kindergarten Workshop Model have an aligned curricular framework used in our PreKindergarten classrooms.    The Kindergarten Workshop Model includes a content based wrap around curriculum, that connects the standards based instruction in all areas to broader conceptual learning for students through month long Areas of Study.   

    What we do: 

    •   Provide professional development for PreK Teachers, Kindergarten Teachers, Assistants and Reading Corps members
    •   Hire, train and supervise Content Coaches who support PreK-3 classrooms
    •   Hire, train and supervise Parent Educators and Bilingual Family Connection Workers who support PreK-3 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 PreKindergarten and Kindergarten
    •   Provide families with activities to extend the learning from classroom to home
    •   Support PreKindergarten and Kindergarten Teachers with curricular resources
    •   Support PreKindergarten and 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 PreKindergarten & Kindergarten, or professional development
    •   You need a presentation on Early Childhood Workshop or Parent Education topics relevant to PreKindergarten and Kindergarten
    •   Parents have questions and you need more information specific to PreKindergarten and Kindergarten issues 


    Minnesota Reading Corp – Make A Difference

    Experience life-changing growth: Become a tutor with Minnesota Reading Corps.  If you enjoy working with young children and are interested in helping children gain necessary skills to become readers, please consider serving as a PreK literacy tutor.  SPPS is working with Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) – the nation’s largest state AmeriCorps program – and we are looking to place 30 tutors in PreK classrooms for next school year.

    Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) members are from all walks of life.  They are parents, recent college graduates, educators, retirees, and mid-career professionals.  As a PreK literacy tutor you will not only change the world of children who may struggle in school, you will grow your own professional skills and network. 

    Apply today to become a tutor!  Go to and indicate you would like to work in St. Paul PreKindergarten!  Feel free to contact Caroline Vollmar,, if you have any questions.

    One year, this year, join Minnesota Reading Corps.  Serve to grow. 


    Our Administrative and Support Staff 

    For a list of all staff, see Office of Early Learning Support Staff.


    Lori Erickson, Ed.D. MaiKou Xiong  
    Assistant Director, OEL Program Manager  
    651-744-4169 651-744-6455