• 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

    2022-2023 Preschool Registration Open house

    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. . 

    Preschool Enrollment Form

    Fillable Preschool Enrollment Form

    Once your student has been placed in a classroom the following forms will need to be filled out before starting school in the fall. 

    Immunization Form  

    Fillable Immunization Form

    Transportation Form

    Fillable Transportation Form 

    Consent Form

    Fillable Consent Form

     ***Once completed please email to Michelle Piepkorn in Community Education at mpiepkorn@parkrapids.k12.mn.us 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 

    Headstart - 
    Hubbard County Headstart: 218-732-7204

    Age 4s: 4 Full-Days per week
    Age 3-5s: 4 Half-Days per week

    Income guidelines
    Busing and meals provided

    Parent-Child Options

    ECFE: Early Childhood Family Education
    Contact: Sally Kading 218-237-6604
    Community Education 218-237-6600 

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    Headstart: Homebase (1 group day per week) Headstart website