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Lauri Winterfeldt, Director of Community Education
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Horizon West presents “The Lion King Kids” on May 3-5

Published April 30, 2019

Join the Horizon West fifth and sixth graders as they present Disney’s “The Lion King Kids” on May 3-5. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Read More »

Parents/guardians invited to discuss educational equity at upcoming community talking circles

Published April 16, 2019

Moorhead Area Public Schools invites parents/guardians of current and former students to participate in a discussion about educational equity. The upcoming community talking circles are an opportunity to work and learn together to make our schools better places for all children. Read More »

Open houses scheduled for students beginning kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year

Published April 5, 2019

Kindergarten open houses for parents and children beginning kindergarten in Moorhead Area Public Schools in the fall of 2019 will be held at the four elementary schools in April. Families can meet some of the teachers and staff, see their school, practice a bus ride, and get information to start the new school year strong. Read More »

School Board approves calendar for 2019-20 school year

Published February 20, 2019

At its meeting on Feb. 11, the Moorhead School Board approved the calendar for the 2019-20 school year. Classes will begin Sept. 3, 2019. The last day of classes for students is June 2, 2020, unless additional emergency makeup days are needed. 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. Register by returning the completed Jump Start registration contract to Community Education at 2410 14th St. S., Moorhead or register online.

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 includes more information about schedules, fees and program policies.

Jump Start Preschool 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. For more information about Jump Start Preschool call 218-284-3400.

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.