Voluntary pre-kindergarten helps prepare children for success as they enter kindergarten by providing free high-quality early childhood education opportunities for four-year-old children. Programs use play-based learning, coordinated transitions to kindergarten, parent involvement and family-centered program planning to create high-quality early learning opportunities that meet the needs of each child. Programs also offer free transportation.
Voluntary pre-kindergarten serves 7,160 children throughout the state in 125 school districts and charter schools at 223 locations. Not all districts have voluntary pre-kindergarten. To learn if your school district or charter school has voluntary pre-kindergarten funding, please check the list provided below.
To learn more about a voluntary pre-kindergarten program, including information on how to enroll a child, please contact your local school district or charter school. Please note that each voluntary pre-kindergarten program will operate on different days, times, and schedules based on decisions by the local district or charter school.
List of Voluntary Prekindergarten and School Readiness Plus Funded School Districts and Charter Schools - 1/2/19
Preschool Program Comparison Chart - 6/22/17
The preschool program comparison chart demonstrates the differences and similarities between three early childhood education opportunities funded by the Minnesota Department of Education: school readiness, school readiness plus and voluntary pre-kindergarten.