Early Childhood Curriculum

Where Bears Begin

Overview of Programs

Early Childhood Screening

Early Childhood Screening is required by the State of Minnesota for all children prior to entering kindergarten. White Bear Lake Area School District provides this screening at no charge.

3 reasons to screen at age 3:

  • Screening can ensure school success
  • If health or developmental concerns are identified, educational services are
  • available immediately
  • It is fun for children and provides caregivers with valuable information regarding child development

Register online at www.whitebear.ce.eleyo.com or call 651-653-3100 to make an appointment.

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Early Childhood Family Education

ECFE classes include three components:

  • Parent-Child Interaction - You and your child spend time together enjoying activities designed to enhance learning. You will leave with new ideas for things to do together at home.
  • Parent Education - Meet with other parents and a licensed ECFE teacher to discuss topics such as development, temperament, discipline, and getting ready for school. The parenting group time takes place in a separate room or in a designated area of the children’s classroom for non-separating classes.
  • Children’s Classroom - While you and other parents participate in parent education, children learn through play in a classroom with early childhood staff. Children will enjoy music, art, stories, large and small motor activities as they interact with other children.

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Early Childhood Special Education

Special Education Services are provided to children between the ages of birth to five years. 

Most birth to three year old children are seen at home by teachers and specialists from Early Intervention Alliance. 

Three to five year old services may include some or all of the following:
Integrated classroom options
Speech/Language, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy
Home visits/Community Resource Information
Multi-disciplinary educational assessments

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White Bear Lake Area Preschool provides a safe and nurturing environment for a child’s first school experience away from home. The program is Four star Parent Aware rated, which is the highest possible rating.

Age-appropriate activities provide a variety of meaningful hands-on learning experiences in literacy and math, science and social studies, art and sensory, music and dramatic play.

White Bear Lake Area Preschool practices are aligned with kindergarten entry expectations.

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