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Early Childhood Education & School Readiness

Minneapolis Public Schools’ Early Childhood Education Department staff members understand that parents are their child’s first and most important teachers. Parents play a key role in their child’s healthy growth and development. Children who receive a strong beginning in their preschool years come to school prepared and eager to continue learning.
Minneapolis Public Schools will support your family in your child’s learning. We have made school readiness a priority. MPS offers the following early childhood and family programs to help families prepare their child for kindergarten:
  • Early Intervention Birth-2 Central Intake
    Birth to 2 Central Intake is a program for children birth-age 2 who have health or developmental concerns. Birth-2 intake staff will help you get connected to services that will help your child. If you have concerns about your child's health or development, please call 612.668.3715 or email birth-2.referrals@mpls.k12.mn.us and we will assist you.
  • Early Childhood Screening
    Minneapolis Public Schools offers early childhood screening services to children ages three to five. It is recommended that children be screened at age three, but call at any time if you are concerned about your child’s growth and development — screening can be done before age three. It is required that all children be screened before they begin kindergarten. Screening staff can help you find the early childhood services you need to best prepare your child for kindergarten. Call 612.668.3715 or email earlychildhoodscreening@mpls.k12.mn.us to schedule an early childhood screening appointment.
  • Early Childhood Family Education
    ECFE offers parent and child education programs for families with children from birth to kindergarten enrollment. Classes help parents provide the best possible environment for their children’s learning and growth. Each class meets once a week for an average of two hours per class; classes are available mornings, afternoons and evenings, Monday through Saturday. Call 612.668.2127 for more information.
  • Early Childhood Special Education
    ECSE serves students from birth to kindergarten identified as having a Developmental Delay (DD) or other disability. Screening for ECSE evaluation is available by calling 612.668.3715. Eligibility is determined through evaluation by Minneapolis Public Schools. ECSE services are offered in the community, homes, childcare sites and schools throughout the school district. Call 612.668.5100 for more information.
  • High Five
    The High Five program is a half-day or full-day preschool program for children who turn four on or by Sept. 1 and will start kindergarten the following fall. To apply, complete a school request card; call 612.668.1840 for enrollment materials. Priority is given to children who qualify for free/reduced lunch or receive special education services.
  • Three School
    The Three School program is a half-day preschool program for Minneapolis children who live in north Minneapolis (from West Broadway to 35th Ave. N. and from Penn Ave. N to Third St. N.) and turn three by Sept. 1. Enrollment is limited to children who qualify for free and/or reduced-price lunch. For more information or to apply, call 612.668.2127.
  • Teen Parent Services
    TPS provides high quality early childhood services to pregnant and parenting students and their young children. TPS provides on-site childcare, transportation, parenting education and support services for student parents seeking to continue their education. Call 612.668.4703 for more information.
  • Early Admission to Kindergarten
    While MPS does not recommend early admission; some parents may feel their child should start kindergarten earlier than the recommended age. If your child turns five years old between Sept. 2 and Oct. 31, your child is eligible for consideration for early admission into kindergarten based on established procedures.

If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at sps.department@mpls.k12.mn.us or call us at 612.668.3700 or 612.668.1840. 

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