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  • Early Childhood Screening

    The Brainerd Public School system regularly offers early childhood screening clinics during the school year for all children between the ages of 3 and 5 years. The state of Minnesota recommends this at age 3 and requires this for kindergarten entrance. Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how your child is learning and growing. The screening includes a developmental assessment, social emotional questionnaire, vision and hearing tests, height and weight measurement and an immunization and health history review. The purpose of the FREE screening is to identify children who may need additional time and experiences to be ready for school. The sooner we get started, the more likely your child will begin school with the necessary skills to succeed. Here’s what screening does for you: Helps you find out how your child is doing and answers parenting questions Connects you to community services Registers your child for kindergarten Appointments are available throughout the school year. Three reasons to screen at age 3: 1.Screening can assist your child to be ready for school. 2.Any health or developmental concerns can be found earlier and help can be provided sooner. 3.Because screening is free, it's easy and it's good for your child =================================================================== REQUIRED FORMS for screening **You also need to provide copies of your child's Birth Certificate and current Immunization Record Forms can be emailed to: jennifer.lindholm@isd181.org
  • PreK Plus Childcare

    School Year Info: PreK Plus Childcare-serving children 3-5 years of age at Nisswa Elementary and the Warrior Early Learning Center who are attending an Early Childhood class. $20 Registration Fee. Childcare options will include: wrap around care, extended day care, and non school day care. **Please note: If you are needing childcare on a non-school day, please register for that separately under the "Non-School Days" tab on your contract page after your contract is accepted. Nisswa families: please note that in previous years we have had to house "Non-School Days, when school is closed, down at our WELC location due to enrollment numbers. We will visit with families in Aug. about schedules to determine what the demand will be prior to communicating out a decision. Thank you for working with us on that. Summer Info: PreK Plus Summer is All Day Childcare. $25 Registration Fee. 3 day/week minimum. Thank you for your interest in our summer program. At this time,we have closed our Nisswa PreK Plus summer option and are full at the WELC. Completing a contract would place you on our waitlist. Summer 2022 and School Year 2022/2023 registration opens March 28th! Space is limited. Fees: $25 registration fee: Summer, $20 registration fee: School Year Late payment fee: $10 after 3 days of late payment. After 2 weeks; payment needs to be paid in full before your child can continue to attend. Late pick up fee: $15 for every 15 minutes picked up after 5:30pm
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  • School Age Care

    Fun & Friends is a child care program for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Sites include Nisswa Elementary for Nisswa area students, Baxter Elementary for Baxter students, and the Washington Educational Services Building (map) for Garfield, Harrison, Lowell, Riverside and Forestview students. Thank you for your interest in our summer program. At this time, all of our locations are full with a waitlist. School Year 22-23 registration opens July 13 at 8:00 AM.
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  • School Readiness Preschool

    For details on current class offerings and the payment scale, look at our 2021-2022 Preschool Information Packet. Fall 2022 Registration begins Monday, March 28th. For information on 2022-2023 class offerings and payment scale, look at our 2022-2023 Preschool Information Packet Brainerd Public Schools’ Preschool Programs: Preparing Your Child for a Bright Future! Brainerd Public Schools take pride in investing in our youngest learners and in preparing children and families for success in school. We have a variety of preschool options serving 2 ½- 5 year olds. Our preschool program prepares children to enter school by focusing learning around classroom routines and procedures, social and emotional development and academic development. Why Parents Choose District Preschool Programs A Four Star Parent Aware Rated Program! Our preschool programs have earned a four-star rating from Minnesota’s Parent Aware- the highest rating possible! The Parent Aware rating system helps parents find preschools and childcare programs focused on high quality early learning and kindergarten readiness. Our Curriculum: Preschool in Brainerd Public Schools aligns its curriculum with Minnesota Early Learning Standards and with our district’s kindergarten standards. Licensed teachers develop hands-on learning activities that promote creativity and confidence. Our program provides children with experiences that build relationships, enhance problem solving and communication skills, and sets the foundation for successful, lifelong learning in the areas of: ● Social and emotional development ● Positive approaches to learning ● Physical and movement development ● Literacy ● Math ● Arts ● Science Click here to schedule your child's early childhood screening. Click here to enroll your child in PreK Plus childcare.
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  • Youth

    Youth develop life-long interests, skills and knowledge through sports, performing and visual arts, academics, special interest clubs, outdoor educational experiences and many more programs. Youth develop and enhance their own creative and physical capacities while sharing individual talents, skills, knowledge and character with others.