• Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

    Ages Birth-2 Early Childhood Special Education

    Rita Southerton - ECSE Teacher 218-237-6547
    Ann Johnson - Occupational Therapist  218-237-6548
    Sara Carroll - Speech Language Pathologist  218-237-6551

    Ages 3-5 Early Childhood Special Education

    Carolyn Melchert - ECSE Teacher 218-237-6585
    Addy Upton - ECSE Teacher 218-237-6583
    Allie Steffen - Speech Pathologist  218-237-6551
    Ann Johnson - Occupational Therapist 218-237-6548
    Kristina Lindgren - Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant 218-238-6345
    Kim Konerza - Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 218-237-6545
    Synneve Moe - School Psychologist 218-237-6268
    Shalom Grandy - Physical & Health Impaired 218-237-6543
    Hanna Rodenbaugh - Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist 218-237-6542
    Carrie Wittenberg - Blind Visually Impaired Specialist  218-237-6246


    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:  October 27th, 2023, February 9th, 2024 & April 5th, 2024

    Parent screening information video:   http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/Video/?group=Communications&id=MDE059367 



    Strengthening families with young children through education, support and fun!
            *A variety of CLASSES & EVENTS for young children and their parents/guardians
            *Parent CLASSES/WORKSHOPS
            *PRESCHOOL for children ages 3 & 4
            *SLIDING FEES & PAYMENT PLANS that work for all families
            *Early Childhood ADVISORY COUNCIL for those wanting to make a difference
          MIXED AGES
                Emphasis on Beginning Academic & Social Skills
                Birth-5 years
                Class begins with parents and children exploring fun, educational classroom activities together in the ECFE room. When parents separate to talk about the joys and concerns of parenting, children continue playing with friends in the classroom or gym.                      Each session includes experiences in art, sensory activities, music, language, cognitive skills, story time, small/big muscle activities and more! Parents enjoy parent time…time to talk, listen & learn with others! (Parents/kids separate)
                Instructors: Ronda DeWulf & Sally Kading
                Century ECFE Room
               0-5 years & parents/guardians
               ECFE is hosting a Holiday Fun Night this year at the Century School! Come and join us to celebrate the holidays! We will be frosting cookies and visiting Santa. If you would like, you can make an ornament, a macaroni necklace, a pine cone project,                 and take home some reindeer food. Come and play with our Candy Cane Construction set, our Snow Man Bean Bag Toss game and more! This class will fill quickly, and class size is limited, so register SOON! Parents/kids do not separate
               Thursday, December 8 5:00–7:00 PM Century Elementary Early Childhood Gym
               Fee: $8/family PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED


    Or Call the community Ed office - 218-237-6600


    Preschool for Ages 3 & 4 

    **Registration for the 2023-2024 school year will take place at Century School on Tuesday March 7th, 2023 from 7:30-9:00am for School Readiness (3 year old program). VPK (4 year old program) paperwork can be turned in anytime starting March 7th.  Paperwork will not be accepted before March 7th. Registration forms can be found below for either the 3 year old program or 4 year old program or can be picked up in the Elementary school office.  

    See the information below if you need further assistance. 

    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, sliding fees and scholarships are available. 

    Call Community Education to enroll -  218-237-6600  

    School Readiness Registration 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

    Consent Form

    Fillable Consent Form

     ***Once completed, please email to Michelle Piepkorn in the Community Education Office at mpiepkorn@parkrapids.k12.mn.us or send by mail to Community Education at 401 Huntsinger Ave. Park Rapids, MN 56470 or Fax to 218-237-6519 or drop off at the Community Education office. 

    SSchool Readiness Open House & Supply List Informationchool Readiness Supply List   

    Voluntary PreKindergarten - 

    Voluntary prekindergarten (VPK) is a publicly 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. 

    Teachers Include -

    Lacy Johansen – Voluntary PreK Teacher  218-237-6216
    Dawn Leeseberg –Voluntary PreK Teacher  218-237-6204

    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.

    VPK 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

    Consent Form

    Fillable Consent Form

     ***Once completed, please email to Amy Sorenson in the Century Elementary School Office at asorenson@parkrapids.k12.mn.us or send by mail to Century Elementary School at 501 Helten Ave. Park Rapids, MN 56470 or Fax to 218-237-6219 or drop off at the Century Elementary School office. 


    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: Ronda DeWulf 218-237-6242
    Community Education 218-237-6600 

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