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
Megan Evans - COTA 218-238-6345
Cindy Cronemiller - DHOH Teacher 218-237-6545
Synneve Moe - School Psychologist 218-237-6268
Vision Specialist - Contact Eva Pohl with questions 218-237-6541
Physical Impaired - Shalom Grandy 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: May 7th, 2021, September 24th, 2021 & November 19th, 2021
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 ages 3 and 4. The purpose of the program is to prepare children to enter kindergarten.
Voluntary PreKindergarten -
Voluntary prekindergarten (VPK) and school readiness plus (SRP) are publically funded prekindergarten programs that prepare 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/SRP program into their E-12 system as a new grade level.
Call Community Education to enroll - 218-237-6600
Teachers Include -
Ronda DeWulf – School Readiness Teacher 218-237-6630
Peg DeYoung – School Readiness/Voluntary PreK Teacher 218-237-6583
Dawn Leeseberg – School Readiness/Voluntary PreK Teacher 218-237-6625
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
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 drop off in Community Education office.
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