Preschool/Daycare

Wee Tiger Preschool Is Offered Through Community Education: Wee Tiger Preschool offers classes for children 33 months up to kindergarten through Delano Community Education. The program is offered to all families living in District 879. Classes are conducted throughout the school year at the Community Education Center.

The Wee Tiger Preschool program’s curriculum is planned using the child-centered Creative Curriculum model that builds on the children’s current interests and strengths. The Minnesota Reading Corps Pre-K program uses a language and literacy rich schedule and is woven into a typical day in the Wee Tiger Preschool classroom. Classroom activities will include: time for language and literacy, motor skills, math, science and technology, social studies, and the arts. Parents are encouraged to participate in family activity opportunities throughout the school year. Student progress is monitored using the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool and the Individual Growth and Developmental Indicators (IGDI’s). Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year (fall & spring). Classes are taught by Minnesota State licensed teachers and a paraprofessional in each classroom.

Wee Tiger Preschool operates on the same vacation, holiday, teacher workshop and school closing policy as the Delano Elementary school.

For more information, call the Early Childhood Programs office at (763) 972-6210, press 4.

Tiger Kids Club (Age 3 – Grade 6) Working parents love the high quality, affordable childcare offered by Tiger Kids Club (TKC), which is open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. throughout the year, including summer and a number of non-school days during the school year. TKC serves children from age 3 to grade 6.

Tiger Kids Club offers homework help, supervised small- and large-group games, field trips, enrichment clubs and easy access to community education offerings. TKC also provides breakfast and snacks as part of the tuition.

The preschool program, a unique childcare and pre-school combination, provides a full-day, pre-kindergarten experience for children ages 3 and 4. The Minnesota Reading Corps Pre-K program provides a language and literacy rich environment . Through a variety of experiences provided by licensed staff, young learners will be exposed to pre-math, pre-reading, writing skills, language activities, science and art exploration, large- and fine-motor activities, as well as all the other benefits TKC provides.

For additional information, please call the program coordinator, at (763) 972-6210, press 3.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE): Early Childhood Family Education offers parent-child classes and family activities for parents and their young children from birth to kindergarten enrollment which foster the growth and development of children, enrich family life, and provide information and support for parents.

Early Childhood Family Education recognizes that families provide children their first and most important learning environment, and that parents are children’s first and most significant teachers.

The mission of ECFE is to strengthen families through the education and support of all parents in providing the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their children.

ECFE is the beginning and first link young families have with District 879 schools. For more information, call (763) 972-6210, press 4.

Early Childhood Health & Developmental Screening

Do you have a child between the ages of 3 and 5 who is not yet in kindergarten? If so, has your child participated in Early Childhood Health and Developmental Screening? ECHDS allows for a quick check on a child’s overall development prior to entering school. Parents should receive a letter from the school district inviting them to schedule an appointment for their child to participate in ECHDS when the child is 3 1/2 to 4 years of age. For more information about ECHDS, call the Early Childhood Programs office at (763) 972-6210, press 4.

Joyful Heart Preschool: Joyful Heart Preschool promotes the growth and development of preschool children, ages 33 months to pre-kindergarten.

The school provides a safe, enriching, and educational experience in a loving Christian environment. Christian values are integrated into the programs to enhance development and positive self-esteem for all students.

Joyful Heart Preschool’s curriculum includes a reading program designed to promote reading skills and foster a love for lifelong reading.

Throughout the year, the children enjoy a variety of weekly themes and fun activities. At Joyful Heart Preschool, every child is treated as a unique individual created in God’s image. The school nurtures and provides an education tailored to your wonderful, special child. For more information, call (763) 972-2393 or visit the Joyful Heart Preschool Facebook page.

Mt. Olive Lutheran Preschool: Preschool curriculum is offered for 3-4-year-olds at Mt. Olive Lutheran Preschool. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), operates Mt. Olive Lutheran School, which has been offering a Christian education to children for more than 50 years.

The staff of Mt. Olive is dedicated to providing excellent educational services to children and their parents, so that each child can take their place in society as the salt of the earth. For more information, call (763) 972-2442.

Faithful Beginnings Preschool: Faithful Beginnings is the preschool program at St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic School for children ages 3 to 5 years old. All families are welcome. The high-quality program is expanded for 2017-18 to offer members of the Delano community additional preschool options. It includes two programs, one for 3-year-olds and one for 4- and 5-year-olds, with options for weekly attendance on half days, full days, or a combination of both.

The learning goal of Faithful Beginnings is to develop the whole child, preparing yours for kindergarten readiness with basic cognitive knowledge, introductory skills, language development, and physical, social and emotional growth. The excellent program includes the following features:

• Fully licensed by the state of Minnesota

• The scope and sequence exceeds MDE mandates for teacher qualifications and degree completion

• The preschool faculty have a combined experience of more than 20 years in the classroom

Faithful Beginnings Preschool curriculum and daily activities are fun and interactive, using the highly regarded Creative Curriculum for early childhood education. This curriculum, which builds on your child’s own interests and development, supports each child using exploration and discovery as the first way of learning. This enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills. The curriculum also requires strong connections between teachers, parents and the school for optimal success.

Ultimately, the goal of Faithful Beginnings is for every child to leave the program ready to succeed in kindergarten and beyond, knowing they are a unique child of God with gifts to share in the world He created. Faithful Beginnings looks forward to sharing this experience with your child and your family.

For more information or to request registration materials, please visit stmaxkolbeschoolorg or contact the school office at (763) 972-2528.

Private Day Care: For an up-to-date listing of home-based daycare operators in the Delano area, contact Wright County Human Services at (763) 682-7488 or visit www.co.wright.mn.us.

Listings are also available from Child Care Choices, Inc. at 800-288-8549 or www.childcarechoices.net.