Preschool 9
Early Childhood Programs 952-442-0613

520 Industrial Blvd.  Waconia, MN  55387

Sara Linsley, Program Supervisor  slinsley@isd110.org

Brenda Buesgens, Administrative Assistant  bbuesgens@isd110.org

Waconia Wildcat Preschool

For registration information follow this link:  Registration

22-23 Early Childhood Calendar revised 6-28-22

Calling all cubs who want to be a Wildcat! 

We would like to invite you to consider District 110 Waconia Wildcat Preschool for the 2022-2023 school year.  Join us for our Virtual Open House on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 from 7:00-7:30 pm on Zoom.  Meet the Preschool Team and learn about ISD110 Wildcat Preschool. 

Current preschool families may begin enrolling on Monday, February 28 and continue through Friday, March 11.  New families may begin enrolling online on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 am.  A $45.00 non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of registration.

District 110 families watch for an email or a letter in the mail late January with more information.

Welcome to District 110 Waconia Wildcat Preschool

Waconia Community Education connects, empowers, and enriches lives through lifelong learning and service to our community.  Early Childhood Education is a core component of Community Education where families and young children begin their relationship with Waconia Schools.  We recognize that every student has unique needs. It is our goal to offer the best learning environment for your child. Academic and support specialists collaborate with classroom teachers to deliver classroom instruction.  This collaboration is designed to support each child who comes through our door to reach his/her full potential.

Waconia Wildcat Preschool provides innovative classrooms where creativity and imagination flourish.  Our inclusive program helps all children discover a joy of learning. Your child will be immersed in a stimulating environment that encourages physical, intellectual, and emotional development through play based investigation, purposeful questioning and exploration for deep learning and a seamless transition to kindergarten.

There are other preschool options available in Waconia, but our preschool is the only preschool that aligns with the Waconia School District curriculum and the overall K-12 system.  We work closely with Early Childhood Special Education and kindergarten teachers to foster a successful transition from preschool to kindergarten.


Goals of District 110 Preschool Programs

At ISD110, our mission is to allow students to explore their passions and create success.  In early childhood we give children a high quality preschool experience in partnership with parents.  We strive to educate, collaborate, challenge, empower and support families, nurture development and treat all with respect.

We believe:

  • Parents are children’s first and most important teachers
  • Licensed teachers nurture and provide structure to support young learners and parents
  • Research based curriculum embedded with standardized goals will provide learning to ensure kindergarten readiness
  • Classroom environments should be carefully designed to support developmentally appropriate exploration for preschool children
  • Play opens the world of learning for the preschool child


We are a Pyramid Model School

Pyramid model is a social and emotional framework incorporated into the curriculum to ensure high quality classrooms for all students. Teachers are supported to implement this framework through the Minnesota Centers of Excellence.  Children will benefit from this program through learning life long skills such as:  friendship, self regulation, problem solving and learning about emotions. 

Parent Aware

Waconia Wildcat Preschool earned a Four Star Parent Aware Rating.  Parent Aware Star Ratings help parents find programs that go above and beyond to prepare children for school and life. To earn this top rating, a program must demonstrate the following:

  • Exemplifies a truly engaged school readiness program for parents
  • Conducts ongoing assessment of student’s progress
  • Continually adapts lesson plans and goals to meet individual needs 
  • Regularly updates parents on child’s progress
  • Has staff trained on children’s developmental disabilities
  • Communicates across cultures
  • Provides staff with annual professional development on relevant early childhood topics 

Class Activities Promote Age Appropriate:

Social/Emotional Skills

  • interacting with peers and adults
  • learning class rules and routines
  • developing self-regulation
  • learning about emotions
  • problem solving
  • friendship skills

Self-Help Skills

  • performing tasks independently
  • following health and safety rules

Physical Skills

  • eye-hand coordination
  • cutting and drawing
  • coordinating body movements
  • outdoor and indoor play

Science

  • STEM activities
  • building curiosity in our natural world

Math Skills

  • colors
  • numbers, counting
  • shapes, sizes, sequencing
  • name recognition
  • patterns and sorting

Literacy Skills

  • vocabulary
  • comprehension
  • letter recognition
  • concepts of print
  • phonemic awareness


Curriculum

Creative Curriculum: This is our base curriculum. Creative Curriculum includes developmentally appropriate goals and objectives for children within four main categories of interest: social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language. Teachers use Creative Curriculum as their guide to set-up their classrooms, observe children and ensure they are teaching to the whole child. 

Second Step: This is our social-emotional curriculum. Second Step is research-based, teacher-informed, and classroom-tested to promote the social-emotional development, safety, and well-being of young children. When children enter kindergarten with  self-regulation and well-rounded social-emotional skills, they are set-up for success.

Foundations: This is our language arts curriculum. Foundations assists children with phonemic awareness, phonics and letter formation.

Wildcat Discovery Park offers children a nature-based outdoor playground experience. An early childhood edible garden, a fort building area, a unique sand box created out of logs, and traditional play equipment are available.

Waconia Preschool programs are an inclusion preschool and open to all children.

For financial assistance please contact the Early Childhood Department for more information.

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