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School Readiness and Jump Start Preschool

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Robin Grooters, Principal
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School Board approves calendar for 2017-18 school year

Published March 1, 2017

At its meeting on Feb. 27, the Moorhead School Board approved the calendar for the 2017-18 school year. Classes will begin Sept. 5, 2017. Read More »

School Board appoints Cindy Fagerlie to board

Published January 9, 2017

At the Jan. 9 meeting, the Moorhead School Board voted to appoint former member Cindy Fagerlie to the board until a successor is elected. The appointment of the new school Board members comes after the resignation of Laurie Johnson at the end of December 2016 when she moved out of state.  Read More »

District and early learning program both receive recommendations for accreditation

Published November 21, 2016

After interviewing 207 stakeholders and visiting 48 classrooms, the six-member AdvancED external review team provided Moorhead Area Public Schools with a recommendation for accreditation at the end of the three-day review on Nov. 2. The district’s early learning program also received a recommendation for accreditation. Read More »

District’s operating levy renewal passes; two incumbents, two new members elected to School Board

Published November 15, 2016

Voters in the Moorhead Area Public Schools approved the district’s operating levy renewal 12,274 to 6,853 and elected four members to the School Board. School district election results were canvassed by the School Board on Nov. 14 and are now official. Read More »

Welcome

Jump Start Preschool, a School Readiness program of Moorhead Area Public Schools, offers age-appropriate activities, curriculum and assessment for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children living in the school district. Jump Start classes also include circle time, snack, art, gym and learning centers. This is a collaborative venture with Early Intervention Services. Children working on special areas of development will participate with typically developing peers. Licensed early childhood teachers are supported by classroom assistants and Early Intervention Services teachers.

The district's Jump Start Preschool has the highest four-star rating from Parent Aware, a rating tool designed to help parents find child care and early education providers committed to school readiness.

Curriculum and Assessment

Students in Jump Start will develop language and literacy, mathematical and social skills needed for success as they enter kindergarten. Jump Start uses a research-based, highly respected early childhood curriculum called High Scope, which emphasizes active participatory learning. Active learning means students have hands-on experiences with people, objects, events and ideas. Students also learn to plan many of their own activities, carry them out, and talk with others about what they have done and learned.

Jump Start teachers continually monitor all students' growth in pre-literacy areas of vocabulary, rhyming and alliteration. Students receive a solid foundation of literacy skill building within the regular curriculum. Focused small group time is provided for students who may need extra support in any of the literacy areas.

The Preschool Child Observation Record (Preschool COR) is used in the Jump Start classrooms to provide a systematic assessment of students' knowledge and abilities in all areas of their development.

Family Involvement

Jump Start family involvement opportunities include home visits, conferences with the Jump Start teachers at school, volunteer opportunities in the classroom, classroom special events, school-wide events like Fantastic Fridays for Families, and skill-building workshops for parents and students such as Keys to Kindergarten.

Registration

Parents/guardians may enroll their children in Jump Start Preschool through Moorhead Community Education by calling 218-284-3400 or in person at 2410 14th St. S., Moorhead. Classes fill quickly. If a class is full, your child will be placed on a waiting list, and you will be contacted when a spot becomes available.

Fees for Jump Start Preschool are based on the parents/guardians' ability to pay using the federal income eligibility guidelines. The Jump Start registration contract must be returned to complete registration. The contract includes more information about schedules, fees and program policies.

Keys to Kindergarten

Keys to Kindergarten, a School Readiness program of Moorhead Area Public Schools, is a free program held throughout the year that offers families important school readiness activities to improve children's academic, social and emotional skills. It is open to children in the Moorhead Area Public Schools who will be starting kindergarten in the fall and their families.

During the Keys to Kindergarten sessions, the parents and children first participate in classroom activities. Then parents attend a parent session while children participate in school readiness activities with the classroom teacher. Topics for children include letter sounds and recognition, rhyming words, colors and shapes, counting and number recognition, following directions, listening skills, interacting with peers, sorting objects, syllable awareness, making logical predictions and other essential skills.

Contact Moorhead Community Education at 218-284-3400 for more information or to register for upcoming Keys to Kindergarten sessions.