Here you will find links to each of the school districts in Kandiyohi County. Within each district is information about school readiness preschool programs, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), and contact information for each district's Early Childhood Special Education services.

Kindergarten Connection - Hop, Skip and Jump, New Beginnings
New London/Spicer
New London-Spicer Preschools, Cub Kids/School Readiness & Busy Bees
MACCRAY Community Ed Preschool – 3 & 4 year oldsand School Readiness
Willmar Preschool Programs

 Head Start and Early Head Start 

What is Voluntary Pre-K?

Contact Phone Email/Web Site Program Description  
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Schools
302 2nd Street South, Atwater, MN  56209

Peggy Starz
Early Childhood Coordinator

Julie Fischer
ECSE Coordinator













Hop, Skip and Jump and New Beginnings are for children 3 years of age by September 1st of each school year. 
Kindergarten Connection is for children 4 years of age by September 1st or eligible for kindergarten the following year. 
Our goal is to provide children with a chance to socialize, feel comfortable in a group, and develop essential pre-kindergarten skills.   Daily schedule includes free play, circle time, snack, Boost-up, music, stories and small group learning.  Some of our program features are:  MN Reading Corps literacy program, S.M.A.R.T, separate outdoor play space, on site childcare-Kids are Great, free breakfast, free busing to or from school, STEM enrichment activities and parent involvement opportunities.  All programs have scholarships and sliding fee scales.

Parents are involved in preschool with their child by:

  • Participating in Building Language Together (KC) or Early Building Language Together (HSJ & NB)
  • Working with take-home books, leap pads or activity kits 
  • Volunteering in the classroom
  • Spring field trip
Required forms:  Immunization, Emergency Card, Photo/Field Trip.
New London-Spicer Preschools, Cub Kids/School Readiness & Busy Bees
P.O. Box 430, New London, MN 56273
Val Walstrom,
Early Childhood Coordinator

Sharon LaPoint
ECSE Coordinator
ext 2463

ext. 2374


Web Site
NLS Schools/Community Ed

NL-S Preschool Opportunities offer:

  • Opportunities for children to get ready for school through play and learning experiences with their peers
  • Program locations in New London (Busy Bees) or Spicer (Cub Kids/School Readiness)
  • Licensed Early Childhood teachers and experienced
    paraprofessionals in all programs
  • Full or part-time scheduling options for children ages 3 – 5 years old
  • Full day or half day – you choose what works for your family
  • Special family events and field trips throughout the year
  • Bus transportation
  • Scholarships and sliding fee scales
MACCRAY Community Ed Preschool – 3 & 4 year olds
309 Day St MACCRAY East, Raymond, MN 56282
Cathy Schueler
Kerry Hogan
School Readiness Coordinator

Billy Lindeman
ECSE Coordinator
320 967-4282


Web Site

Community Ed Preschool- ½ day or full day program, 2
days per week at MACCRAY East and West. Fee is charged.

School Readiness – Kindergarten preparation classes
offered FREE to children who attend ECFE. Classes run
winter – spring and are held at MACCRAY East and West.

Willmar Early Childhood Family Programs (ECFP)
Jefferson Learning Center, 1234 Kandiyohi Avenue, Willmar, MN  56201

Jodi Wambeke
Early Childhood Coordinator

LaRae Mikkelson
Parent Educator

Nancy Holt
Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator



ext 6340

ext. 7254

Web Site
Willmar Public Schools/Community Ed and Rec



Willmar Public Schools Community Education and Early Childhood Family Programs take pride in investing in our youngest learners and in preparing children and families for success in school.

Kids Together Preschool is a program of Willmar Public Schools CER and provides innovative classrooms where creativity and imagination soar! Our diverse classrooms help students discover a love for learning in an interactive, stimulating, and academically rich environment. Your child will be immersed in a stimulating learning environment filled with fun, challenging, and creative learning activities! 
Our curriculum is a balanced approach of all social-emotional and academic areas. We focus on personalized learning for your child. Lessons are designed around your child’s skills to prepare them for kindergarten and beyond.

Our half day programs run 4 or 5 times per week for 4 year olds, while our 3 year old programs run 2 or 3 times per week. We have limited busing for 4 year old children.
For the 2018-2019 school year our 4 year old preschool programs will be located in each of our elementary buildings while 3 year old programming will remain at Jefferson Learning Center.

Cardinal Kids Preschool is an all day-every day fee-based program, which runs September-May. Classroom environment and curriculum follow the same quality learning experiences as Kids Together Preschool.

Our program content, highly qualified teachers and use of best practices have earned our programs the highest rating through Parent Aware. Early Learning Scholarships and Voluntary Pre-K dollars are available to those who qualify at all program sites.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program for all
Willmar families with children between the ages of birth to
kindergarten entrance. ECFE is based on the idea that the family provides a child’s first and most significant learning environment and parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. ECFE works to strengthen families. ECFE’s goal is to enhance the ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for their child’s learning and growth. In addition to classes ECFE offers parent child events, home visits, classes with the library and much more.
 Head Start and Early Head Start
PO Box 36, Cosmos, MN  56228
Mary Lockhart-Findling 320-235-0850
Toll Free


United Community Action Partnership


Heartland Head Start is a comprehensive child and family program serving children who are three to five years of age. Heartland Head Start partners with eligible families to build on their strengths to reach their goals. Family and Community Engagement is an important part of the Head Start program. We believe that families are the child’s first and most important teachers. Children do best in life when they grow up with the active, positive involvement of family and community members that care.

Heartland Head Start offers a variety of early learning options including center based (4 days a week), Home Base, and Combination educational opportunities. Heartland Head Start utilizes the Creative Curriculum and monitors and supports both Child and Family outcomes in an effort to ensure that children enter school ready to learn.

If interested in applying for Head Start or becoming a community volunteer please call or email.

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