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District Preschool Calendar 23/24

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Elk Plain Preschool Calendar 23/24

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Welcome to Preschool – English

Welcome to Preschool – Spanish

A good foundation in preschool can make a lasting difference in a child’s academic development. Research shows the earlier a student starts learning their ABCs, sounds, and numbers, the more successful they will be. 

What makes our programs unique?

Bethel has aligned instructional resources and materials are extended from the K-12 system to give kids a seamless exposure to learning strategies, vocabulary, and content in reading and mathematics. A certificated teacher provides instruction, which is both nurturing and constructive. The students learn routines and proper behaviors. But, there is also a solid focus on learning essential concepts, like letters, sounds and numbers, which research has shown lead to lifelong achievement.

We provide students with a state-of-the-art environment specifically designed to facilitate and encourage early childhood learning. Hands-on activities provide meaningful, creative experiences while fostering self-confidence and an excitement for learning. This unique learning environment provides rich and varied opportunities for in-depth exploration and discovery, while incorporating the broader goals of language development, science inquiry, math awareness, creative arts exploration, and social and emotional growth.

The district’s early learning staff represent some of the best in the field. Bethel’s teachers are sought out to teach at conferences and lead staff trainings on topics such as systems, learning models, Response to Intervention(RTI), and mathematics with the Gates Foundation. Our early childhood experts know young children thrive in nurturing environments that encourage and support discovery and the construction of knowledge through exploration and experimentation in a variety of settings. In preschool classrooms, the play setting has the most integrity for young children. As students reconstruct and experience their own worlds, genuine learning results. 

We look forward to being a partner in your child's academic success. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Early Learning Administrators

Kristin Ray - Early Learning Asst. Director

Laura Harper - Early Childhood Education Coordinator

Kristi Struna - P-5 Special Education Director

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Enrollment Qualifications

For all programs you will need to qualify to enroll. Please fill out the early learning interest form linked below to start the process.

For ECEAP only:

  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • Your child’s immunizations
  • Proof of Residency of the Bethel School District: water bill, rental agreement
  • Proof of income for the last 12 months
  • TANF award letter
  • Your last W2
  • Your last tax statement
  • Unemployment
  • Child support
  • Paystubs

Click here for the early learning interest form