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Updated: Application Available for Free, Half-Day Pre-Kindergarten at Four Elementary ISD 279 Schools for 2017-18 School Year

Aug 08, 2017 04:24PM ● By Wendy Erlien

File photo: Osseo Area Schools/ISD 279 Educational Service Center (photo by Wendy Erlien)

Updated Aug. 8, 2017 

In less than a month before school starts, several elementary schools in the Osseo School District still have space available for the free, half-day pre-kindergarten program. The schools, according to a ISD 279 representative, include:

  • Crest View Elementary (Brooklyn Park)
  • Fair Oaks Elementary (Brooklyn Park)
  • Zanewood Elementary (Brooklyn Park)
  • Garden City Elementary (Brooklyn Center) 

 Pre-kindergarten starts on the first day of school. If space is available, students are able to sign up year around.

For more information:

Original article Dec. 17, 2016 - Planning for the 2017-18 school year is underway in ISD 279 with the open application period for the free, half-day pre-kindergarten program at eight schools in the Osseo School District.

The program, for four-year-old and five-year-old children, meets every school day and is limited in capacity, according to the Osseo School District.  If applications exceed the number of spaces available, lotteries will be used.  To be considered for enrollment, students must be four-years-old by Sept. 1, 2017.

Free kindergarten, according to the Osseo School District, will be offered at the following schools:

Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts (deadline by Dec. 31, 2016)

To be considered for the first lottery, the deadline to apply for the following schools is Jan. 15, 2017

Crest View Elementary in Brooklyn Park

Edinbrook Elementary in Brooklyn Park

Fair Oaks Elementary in Brooklyn Park

Garden City Elementary in Brooklyn Center

Palmer Lake Elementary in Brooklyn Park

Park Brook Elementary in Brooklyn Park

Zanewood Community School in Brooklyn Park

“Expanding pre-kindergarten has been priority work for Osseo Area Schools for several years,” ISD 279 Superintendent Kate Maguire said of the pre-kindergarten option before the 2016-2017 school year.  “This funding will mean more students will have access to high-quality, hands-on early learning. Expanding access will help more students be prepared for kindergarten and on track to read at grade level by grade three, which are two of the state’s World’s Best Workforce goals.”

For more information on the pre-kindergarten program, find the Osseo School District brochure here

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