• Willmar Public Schools preschool program engages our 3-5 year old learners through play to prepare them for kindergarten and future learning. Our licensed preschool teachers are trained in the best practices and provide a high-quality curriculum where your child’s interests drive their learning. Parent Aware

    Our preschool programs are the proud recipients of a Parent Aware 4 Star Rating! Parent Aware offers free tools and resources to help families find the quality child care and early education programs their children need to succeed in school and life.

  • 4-Year-Old Preschool: Cardinal Kids 

    Cardinal Kids Preschool will provide students with exposure to developmentally appropriate practices that are proven to better prepare children for kindergarten. Program goals include developing pre-reading and pre-math readiness skills, improving social skills, developing listening skills and self-help skills, improving fine and gross motor skills, and gaining self-confidence. 

    Program details: 

    • Full-day program
    • Classes run from September to May
    • For children who are 4 years old by September 1 of the school year for which they are registering
    • Students will attend preschool at the elementary school they will attend, which will help ease the transition into kindergarten.

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  • 3- and 4-Year-Old Preschool: Kids Together

    The goal of Kids Together is to provide children with a fun and enriching preschool program that will enable them to enter school with the necessary skills, behavior, family stability and support to progress and flourish. Kids Together curriculum supports a child's individual developmental stage of learning. We integrate opportunities for social, emotional, physical and intellectual development and enhancement.

     The half-day program runs from September to May. Information and applications for Kids Together are available in the spring of each year. Scholarships are available for qualifying families.

    Program Details

    • Half-day program
    • 2, 3, 4 or 5 days per week options
    • Classes run from September to May
    • For children who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1 of the school year for which they are registering 
    • Offered at our three elementary schools and the Jefferson Learning Center

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  • If you have questions about preschool or registration, please contact 320-231-8490.