It’s that time of year where your Facebook feed was recently covered in adorable pictures of toddlers in their first day of school outfits heading off to new and refreshing adventures. At first, your heart is overflowing until you suddenly realize you are now the parent about to send your little one off to preschool. While you are excited for their future growth it can be difficult to search through long list of preschools in your area, to find the right fit for your family. We know as a parent in this busy season of life, you’d rather spend time with your child on your own adventures than be inside researching. This is why we have brought you the Guide to Preschools in Duluth. Let finding the right preschool be a positive experience, and may this resource guide you to the perfect preschool for your future student!
Are you more interested in homeschooling your preschooler? Check out our Guide to Homeschooling In The Northland.
Type of School: Kindergarten prep through theater, arts, and nature
Ages: Starting at 33 months (potty trained) to the first day of Kindergarten
Hours of Operation: 7:30am-5:00pm
Next Enrollment: Year round pending availability
Nestled in the East Hillside, Duluth Preschool of Fine Arts provides a preschool experience that is unlike any other in Duluth and the surrounding areas while proving Kindergarden prep. DPFA nourishes the “Whole Child” while fostering a lifelong love for play and imagination. A strong sense of self and respect for others, a growing relationship with the world around us and how their lives are an important part of it are at the forefront of our curriculum encouraging growth socially and emotionally.
Learning about art, the fact that it is in every aspect of our life taking the time to hear it, see it and be in it, is an essential lesson that will follow them throughout their life. We offer tap, ballet, and lyrical dance show casing what we have learned in our play productions that include learning parts, creating costumes, working on sets and experiencing a sense of team/working together to bring a real dream to life from beginning to end. Self help and confidence skills through real life moments are acquired at swimming lessons through the YMCA, as a part of our curriculum. Our classroom setting brings the inside to the outdoors and we are passionate getting out of the “box” to have hands on learning in all of the green space and Nature trails around us as a priority. As we believe, “ The city is our Jungle Gym”.
Type of School: Music and Movement based Family Childcare program
Ages: 2.5-5 years
Hours of Operation: Hours of operation are Monday and Wednesday 12:30-3:30 (option for early and late arrival 12-4) and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30-11:30 or 8:30-2:30.
CCAP believes a combination of school readiness as well as art, literacy, play and age appropriate music, form the foundation of this program, which is designed to foster creativity and freedom of expression in children. A full Kindermusik music curriculum, Reggio Amelia art (process based art), Get ready get set for school and play are the creative engine of this unique learning experience that launches young children into a lifelong love and appreciation of the arts in our world. CCAP fosters creativity and encourages cooperation and understanding. We also believe we are all from one community and all are welcome. CCAP is a licensed family child care program and the owner, operator taught Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education for the public school for 27 years as well as Kindermusik for 15 and has combined her love of both programs into Concordia Community Arts Playcare. For more information please email Cindy.
Tuesday/Thursday currently full and Summer Registration will begin January 2018, Fall registration will be open February 2018.
Type of School: Montessori based (Toddler-8th Grade)
Ages: 16 months-8th Grade
Hours of Operation: 7:30am-5:30pm
Open House: (Tours) November-April
The mission of Many Rivers is to provide a high-quality Montessori program that supports children as they develop into independent, academically prepared and socially responsible individuals who are lifelong learners and problem solvers. Morning care begins at 7:30am and aftercare is available until 5:30pm. The preschool day includes a morning work cycle of traditional Montessori activities, outdoor playtime, and Spanish. The school holds recognition from American Montessori International – USA, provisional accreditation by ISACS, membership in NAIS, and is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Application and financial aid deadline for Fall 2018 is March 9th, 2018.
Spirit of the Lake Community School
Type of School: Waldorf Education, Early Childhood Program through Middle School
Ages: Parent and Tot program (starts at 18 months) KinderFarm (ages 3-6) The Grades (1-8 grade)
Kinderfarm Hours of Operation: 7:30am-530pm
Kinderfarm Open House: December 12, 2017, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Spirit of the Lake Community School (SLCS) is inspired by the Waldorf educational impulse. Our goal is to develop the whole child; the physical, social, emotional and creative skills that match current research on how our youngest ones best grow and develop, and strongly supports school readiness. SLCS is committed to preserving childhood by focusing early childhood education on play, work, imagination & stories. Children can start at 18 months in our Growing Together Parent and Tot Program, move to our KinderFarm from ages 3-6, and into The Grades from 1st through 8th grade. SLCS is a member of the Duluth Nature Play Collaborative.