Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
Ages 0-2 Early Intervention
Rita Southerton - ECSE Teacher 218-237-6547
Ann Johnson - Occupational Therapist 218-237-6548
Allie Steffen - Speech Pathologist 218-237-6551
Ages 3-5 Preschool Special Education
Addy Monson - ECSE Teacher 218-237-6583
Carolyn Melchert - ECSE Teacher 218-237-6585
Cathy Gee - ASD Specialist 218-237-6542
Kristina Lindgren - COTA 218-238-6345
Cindy Cronemiller - DHOH Teacher 218-237-6545
Synneve Moe - School Psychologist 218-237-6268
Carrie Wittenberg - Vision Specialist 218-237-6541
Shalom Grandy - Physical Impaired 218-237-6543
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
Screening is a brief, simple procedure used to identify potential health or developmental problems in infants and young children who may need a health assessment, diagnostic assessment or educational evaluation. Screening in early childhood supports children's readiness for kindergarten and promotes health and development. Screening includes vision and hearing, height and weight, immunization review, large and small muscles, thinking, language and communication skills, as well as social and emotional development.
This health and developmental screening meets the State of Minnesota requirement for children 3 to 5 years of age, and is required in order to attend Kindergarten. Screenings for the Park Rapids Area School District is provided through the Community Education office and Early Childhood Family Education. This service is free of charge and takes approximately one hour to complete. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Michelle at 218-237-6600.
Next Screening Dates: April 1st, 2022, May 6th, 2022, September 30th, 2022, October 28th, 2022, & November 18th, 2022
Parent screening information video: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/Video/?group=Communications&id=MDE059367
Preschool for Ages 3 & 4
School Readiness -
School Readiness is a public school program for children age 3. Student must be 3 years old before September 1st of the upcoming school year. The purpose of the program is to prepare children to enter kindergarten.
Ronda DeWulf – School Readiness Teacher 218-237-6630
Age 3 (School Readiness) – classes are Mondays/Wednesdays (not Tuesday & Thursday) from 8-11 or 12-3. Busing is not available for this Program. Fee--based Programming
Voluntary PreKindergarten -
Voluntary prekindergarten (VPK) is a publically funded prekindergarten program that prepares children for success as they enter kindergarten the following year. The funding allows school districts and charter schools with Minnesota Department of Education-recognized early learning programs, to incorporate a VPK program into their E-12 system as a new grade level. Voluntary Prekindergarten is a program for children age 4. Students must be 4 years old before September 1st of the upcoming school year.
Call Community Education to enroll - 218-237-6600
Teachers Include -
Lacy Johansen – Voluntary PreK Teacher 218-237-6583
Dawn Leeseberg –Voluntary PreK Teacher 218-237-6625
Age 4 (Voluntary Prekindergarten) - Classes offered Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday all day. We serve breakfast and lunch for students. Busing is available for VPK students. .
Once your student has been placed in a classroom the following forms will need to be filled out before starting school in the fall.
***Once completed please email to Michelle Piepkorn in Community Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or send by mail to Park Rapids Community Education 301 Huntsinger Ave. Park Rapids, MN 56470 or Fax to 218-237-6613 or drop off in Community Education office.
School Readiness & Voluntary Pre-K Supply List
Hubbard County Headstart: 218-732-7204
Age 4s: 4 Full-Days per week
Age 3-5s: 4 Half-Days per week
Busing and meals provided
ECFE: Early Childhood Family Education
Contact: Sally Kading 218-237-6604
Community Education 218-237-6600
View Catalog Headstart: Homebase (1 group day per week) Headstart website