Early Childhood Family Education Information

2017-18           Preschool Registration           

Preschool Registration* at the DEF  Thurs. March 9, 4pm-7pm

Fri. March 10, 9am-12pm

*When registering, please bring a copy of immunizations and $20 nonrefundable registration fee.

Why choose ROCORI Preschool?

¨ Small class sizes with State Licensed   Teachers and trained Paraprofessionals

¨ Positive and supportive learning  environment.

¨ State approved curriculum that focuses on the whole child, both academic and social-emotional.

¨ Play based learning environment.

¨ Alignment with ROCORI K-12

¨ Scholarships are available.

Two Class Offerings

Discovery Time—Children turning 3 by Sept. 1, 2017

Kinder Connection—Children turning 4 by Sept 1, 2017


For more information call 320-685-8631

Stephanie Hillman, Community Education Director

Erin Tronbak, School Readiness Coordinator

OR stop by 527 Main St., Cold Spring


Sliding fee scale for 10 week classes:

Household income (before taxes)…10 week session

$75,000 and up……………………………….$60



$25,000 and under…………………….…….$10

2nd + sibling $20  

By state statute, no one will be turned away due to inability to pay for classes. Please call for more information: 685-4035

ECFE – Early Childhood Family Education

ECFE is a public school program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth-kindergarten entrance. ECFE is based on the idea that the family provides a child’s first and most significant learning environment and that parents/caregivers are a child’s most important teachers. Our goal in ECFE is to strengthen families and enhance the ability of all caregivers to provide the best possible environment for their child’s learning and growth.

ROCORI ECFE is a fun, informal place to learn with other parents/caregivers and meet new friends. Children spend special time with their parents, engage in activities, and play with peers. It gives families an opportunity to experience learning in a school environment. By state statute, no family is turned away due to the inability to pay – if you have questions about payment or need assistance, please just ask! If you have any questions or would like more information, please call 685-4035 or email: skansonj@rocori.k12.mn.us.


Terrific Twos and Threes

(Ages 2-3, Separating)  $ sliding fee scale

Mondays  6-7:30pm, 10 weeks Jan. 23-April 3     Instructor: Erin Tronbak

Wednesdays 6-7:30pm, 10 weeks, Jan. 25-March 29   

Instructor: Kerry Peterson


Fun with Friends (Ages birth-5) $sliding fee scale

Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm, 10 weeks, Non-Separating. Jan. 25-March 29 Instructor: Kerry Peterson

Wednesdays 9:30-11am, 10 weeks, Separating. Jan. 25-March 29 Instructors: Jill Blomdahl Skanson & Laura Mueller

Fridays 9-10:30am, 10 weeks, Separating. Jan. 20-April 7. Parent Ed book discussion Free Range Parenting by Lenore Skenazy – feel free to purchase your own copy, share one of ours, or just follow along. 

Instructors: Jill Blomdahl Skanson & Kerry Peterson


Specialty Classes:                                           

for scholarship availability on specialty classes, call 685-4035

Twister Tuesdays (Ages 1-6, non-separating)

Play in the gym and do literacy themed activities together in the classroom!  Instructor: Emily Packert

Tuesdays 6-7:15pm, 10 weeks. Jan 24-March 28.   $30/child

Stop By and Play!               Last date to play is Friday,  April 7th

(Ages birth-5, non-separating)  Fridays, 11am-12:15pm.

$2/child, $5 max/family. No registration necessary, just come and go as you wish!

Date with Dad (Ages 1-5, non-separating) Spend some special time with dad (of course grandpas, uncles, and others are welcome too!) experiencing three different weeks of activities – Mad Scientist, Messy Night, and Super Sports.    Instructor:  Kerry Peterson         

Wednesdays, 6-7:15pm, 3 weeks. April 19-May 3. $15/family

Busy Babies and Toddlers  (Ages birth-24 months)  FREE!    Come and join us for an informal, fun class with your baby or toddler! Little ones learn best when they can explore a safe environment and interact in developmentally appropriate activities with their parent/s. This is a great opportunity to meet other families in the area.       Free Sibling Childcare (ages 2-5) is available. Please register by one week prior.  Instructor: Laura Mueller

Tuesdays, 6-7pm. 4 weeks, March 7-28.

Wednesdays, 10-11am, 4 weeks, April 5-26.

Ready for K! May 10, 17, 24 6:00 - 7:15 at CSE, (Age 4-6, Pre-Kindergarten for Fall 2017)  FREE Help your Fall 2017 Kindergartener get a head start! Children will work on kindergarten skills with you in the classroom, and create some activities that you can do at home with your child to help prepare them for school. Have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of ROCORI Elementary staff, get a tour of an elementary school, learn about the district, and meet other families.   FREE!

We Love Grandparents!  

Ages 1-5                 $5/child

Thurs. Feb. 9, 6-7pm OR Friday, Feb. 10, 9:30-10:30am

Come and make a special Valentine’s gift with your grandparent/s. Enjoy games, activities, stories, and make a snack together.

Disney on Ice presents “DREAM BIG”

Thurs. March 2, 10:30am at the Minneapolis Target Center                            Ages 2+, $22/person

“Enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way as Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales LIVE ON ICE. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget. Believing is just the beginning!

We got a great deal on school group tickets! Ride the big yellow bus – no need to pay for parking and brave the downtown Minneapolis traffic. Bring a sack lunch to eat on the bus on the way home. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Cost covers bus, parking, and ticket. If you wish you drive yourself and meet us there, you may pick up your tickets from the Community Ed office in the few days before the show. Please have your children use the restroom before getting on the bus, as we will not be making any stops. In the unfortunate event of bad weather, if school is late or cancelled, the bus will be cancelled. The Target Center will do their best to honor your tickets at one of the weekend performances or for the following year.

Tickets are limited. Please register by February 10.

Bus leaves the DEF front parking lot at 8:15am SHARP. We will return around 2:30.

Spring Literacy Event: Pete the Cat

Apr. 12,  6-7:15pm   

Age 1-6     $5/child

Join us for a fun night of early literacy activities, games, snack, music and stories all with our cool favorite, Pete the Cat!

Big Truck Night

May 18,  6-7pm  FREE!      

Ages birth-6    DEF Parking Lot

Come check out a local police car, fire trucks, motorcycles, ambulance, mail trucks, tractors, diggers, semi’s and more! In the event of rain, we will reschedule to May 18th. No registration necessary.

Additional Parenting Services

Childcare Provider Support – For in-home childcare providers! Do you need any new ideas for handling behavior, discipline, difficult situations, referrals, or are seeking resources? Also, we can help if you are just looking for some new, fun curriculum or activity ideas! We’ll bring the information to you, using First Steps curriculum. We’ll bring fun materials and can do a short circle or activity time with you and the children, and leave some great information. Do one visit, or set up a schedule – it’s up to you!  Call us at 685-4035 or email: skansonj@rocori.k12.mn.us

Parenting Help Me! – Parenting is one tough job. We get it! Do you want extra help with a parenting concern or are just looking for additional parenting resources? We have licensed Parent Educators who are available for a free, private consultation. We can meet in your home, at school, or talk on the phone. Call us at 685-4035 or email: skansonj@rocori.k12.mn.us

Early Childhood Parent Advisory Council – All early childhood parents are welcome at any time to attend Advisory Council meetings. It’s a great way to volunteer, get involved, and have input in the programming. Next meeting - January 17th, 7pm at the DEF.  Questions – call us at 685-4035 or email: skansonj@rocori.k12.mn.us

Early Childhood Advisory Council is a group, made up of parents, staff, and relevant community members who offer technical input and guidance. The council shall assist in developing, planning, and monitoring the early childhood programming. This group is important for contributing recommendations for programs, volunteering, promoting the program, assisting in evaluation, serving as advocates, and expanding resources. The council reports to the school board


Preschool Screening

In Minnesota, all children are required to complete Early  Childhood Screening before entering kindergarten.  Screening is FREE!  As soon as your child turns 3 years of age, they are ready for screening. The earlier the better!  An assessment of your child’s vision, hearing, height, weight, immunization records, and overall development will complete the screening process.  Screening is held at the ROCORI DEF building, 527 Main St., Cold Spring, and is completed by trained preschool teachers.  Please schedule a screening appointment by calling ROCORI Community Ed. at 685-8631 OR by registering online at www.rocori.k12.mn.us and look for preschool screening appointments under the Community Ed. registration.


Upcoming Screening Dates

January 26 3:30 - 6:30 pm  

January 27 8:30am - 12:30

February 23 3:30 - 6:30 pm

February 24 8:30am - 12:30

March 23 3:30 - 6:30 pm

March 24 8:30am - 12:30

April  27 3:30 - 6:30 pm

April 28 8:30am - 12:30

May  18 3:30 - 6:30 pm

May  19 8:30am - 12:30