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Our Philosophy

Welcome to Rochester Public Schools Preschool

Preschool is all about wonderful new learning experiences that build skills for a lifetime. It is about turning everyday experiences and interactions into powerful opportunities of learning.
At Rochester Public Schools Preschool we understand that each child has unique educational needs and we emphasize learning through age appropriate practice in a play-based environment. We use purposeful play because we know that our young students learn best in a playful, hands-on setting.
We also believe that effective learning takes place when we build and sustain strong partnerships and relationships with our students and their families. To best meet the varied needs of the children and families we serve, we offer a variety of locations, times and programming options.
We welcome you and your child to Rochester Public Schools Preschool. We hope you will join us in building better futures by providing your child with a high quality preschool experience ensuring their success today and tomorrow.

Amy Eich
Executive Director of Community Education

Peggy O’Toole-Martin
Early Childhood Family Service Manager

Four-Star Parent Aware Rated

RPS Preschool has earned a Four-Star rating from Minnesota’s Parent Aware Quality Rating System, as a result of our commitment to quality curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development. Our instructors use the state-approved and research-based curriculum and assessment to maintain high standards for quality and opportunities for individualized learning.

Our Teachers

Rochester Public Schools early childhood teachers lead preschool classrooms, applying the very best state and national research in brain development, social and emotional skills, and the quality of adult-child interaction. RPS also offers parent learning opportunities, facilitated by our licensed parent educators.
Unique to school-based programs, RPS Preschool is proud that 100% of our teachers have completed at least a Bachelor’s degree—many have earned Master’s or PhD credentials—and hold a Minnesota teaching license in their field. Our teachers are expected to grow their professional skills continually through district trainings, higher education courses, and other professional learning opportunities.

Our Approach

Preschool teachers employ today’s best practices in helping children develop as people and as learners, to support life-long success. We feature The Creative Curriculum®, a nationally-recognized early learning system, and we assess student progress across learning and development domains with the Teaching Strategies GOLD® tool. Together, these allow us to individualize teaching and learning to help students make the most growth and develop their love of learning.
Across RPS Preschool, we evaluate the quality of teacher-student interaction with a research-based tool called CLASS®, which provides administrators and teachers a productive framework to expand cognitive development and meet student needs. For students who require additional services to meet their goals, RPS Preschool offers special education services including speech and language support, mental health support, and other positive interventions. Our professionals work as a team to meet our students’ needs.

Individualized Learning

We recognize that all children need individualized learning experiences offered in a play-based learning environment by teachers who are skilled in building strong and nurturing relationships. RPS Preschool offers a variety of preschool options (including AM, PM and evening) and services for young children and their families. 

Parents Partnering in Education

What happens in the home environment is key to a child’s success in school. All of our preschool classes engage parents in their child’s learning and some provide a designated parent education day. Parents who participate in these opportunities better understand and respond to their children’s behavior, read and talk with their children more frequently, feel more confident in their role as a parent, and are more likely to be involved in their child’s education.
RPS Preschool offers some preschool classes with a parent education day. On these days, parents participate in a discussion led by a licensed parent educator, exploring the many facets of parenting a preschooler, including the developmental domains of early childhood. Parent attendance is required for classes with a designated parent day component. See Class Schedule for classes with a parent education day.
Sibling care is offered on parent education days (as space is available) for children 9 months to kindergarten enrollment not enrolled in the preschool class. 
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