Preschool, Nursery School, Childcare Center? What’s best for your family?
We’re pleased to offer the Rochester MN Guide to Early Education to help you in making your decision. Picking a preschool, nursery school or childcare center that fits your child’s and your family’s needs can be an overwhelming task. As parents, we are clearly aware of the importance of our decision. The businesses below are eager to chat with you about how their program just might be the best fit for your child.
So what is the difference between the three options? It is important to note that all options are focused on the educational and social development of your children, just in subtly different ways.
- Preschool will most often provide care for shorter hours and are closed for holidays, breaks, and summer, though some may offer full-time programs, extended care, and summer options. Additionally, preschools tend to be for children age 3 – 5.
- Childcare Centers may be a more convenient choice for working parents because they usually provide full-time care, even during school breaks. And they generally accept a wider age range: infants through pre-kindergarteners and even school-aged children.
- Nursery School can offer both shorter hours and extended care options for children 2 -5 years old (in some cases younger!) Nursery schools also tend to place emphasis and focus on experiential and social learning.
We are so pleased to provide the Rochester MN Guide to Early Education as a resource to our readers. This guide will provide you with the opportunity to research the perfect preschool, nursery school or childcare center to fit your family’s needs.
Kingdom Kids Christian Preschool
Kingdom Kids helps children learn and develop by partnering with your family to educate, nurture, and encourage the development of the whole child. Kingdom Kids is a Christian preschool which offers a kindergarten readiness program using the Core Knowledge curriculum. The curriculum is designed to stimulate intellectual growth and is structured around themes, concepts, and skills that are introduced to students in a logical progression. Students are prepared for kindergarten through our developmentally appropriate academic curriculum.
Kingdom Kids is a 2-1/2-hour preschool program for ages 2-1/2 to 5. We offer traditional preschool as well as enrichment options such as Spanish, art, science, social studies, gym, math, literature, and music. Small class sizes allow the teachers to meet the individual needs of the students. Our staff is highly educated and provide an emotionally safe, nurturing environment for students. Staff strive to be creative and challenge each student where they are at. Kingdom Kids is an accredited program. We offer a separate summer camp for ages 3-12.
Aldrich Memorial Nursery School
Founded in part as a Mayo Clinic study in Child Development, Aldrich Memorial Nursery School is a play-based, local, nonprofit, nationally accredited preschool which has earned a rich reputation serving Rochester families for nearly 75 years. We promote child-directed, hands-on education that fosters a love of learning without adding undue stress. Children learn in a safe environment through experimentation, manipulation, observation, and social interaction within purposely designed learning centers in both our indoor and outdoor classrooms. When your child enters the Aldrich classroom, he/she will be given every opportunity to explore, wonder, problem solve, collaborate, communicate, and create.
First Steps Childcare
First Steps Child Care and Preschool is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, home-like classroom meeting each and every child and child’s families individual needs. We promise to never miss an opportunity to educate and spark interest, curiosity and wonder with every chance we get. We use open communication with all parents to provide the best quality of care possible, and we have created an environment where your children are learning through play. First Step’s teachers’ devotion to quality care is proven through their top-notch child interactions, high-demand organizational skills, and everyone’s smiling faces! Take the “First Step” by calling 507-282-5437 for a tour and interview with a Director today.
Precious is the Child Preschool
Precious Is the Child Preschool cultivates a loving, Christian atmosphere where children feel safe and comfortable, and where exploration and interaction are encouraged and supported. Children learn that Jesus loves them and forgives them, and is with them daily wherever they go. Through age-appropriate practices we maintain a balance of child-directed learning and teacher-directed learning, allowing children time to play and also preparing them for kindergarten. Our teachers hold education degrees and continue their early childhood education to meet and exceed state standards. A warm home-school connection is fostered through daily conversations with parents, email, phone chats, and several family events annually. We welcome you to contact us for more information.
New Horizon Academy
New Horizon Academy provides exceptional early childhood education and care for children ages 6 weeks through 4th grade. We pride ourselves on having high quality teachers who have an appreciation for children, positive attitude, and love of teaching. New Horizon Academy supports the development of important social and emotional skills, while encouraging a healthy sense of self in every child. When your child graduates from the preschool program at New Horizon Academy they will have the skills they need for success in school and life! Schedule a tour at one of our two Rochester locations today.
Rochester Catholic Schools Preschool
At Rochester Catholic Schools, we believe that your child’s first school experience should be one of discovery and adventure, building confidence that helps him/her grow to love learning. We are blessed to partner with you in the academic and spiritual development of your most precious gift. During each school day, there is a balance of academic activities along with opportunities for social, emotional, and spiritual growth. Children of all faiths are welcome and will receive a values-based education where they will flourish academically and spiritually. Rochester Catholic Schools Preschool is offered at three of our locations, Holy Spirit Catholic School, St. Francis of Assisi School, and St. Pius X School for children ages 3-5 years old. We are happy to share that we will be offering extended-day options for preschool students at Holy Spirit Catholic School and St. Pius X School beginning in the 2017-18 school year!
Bethany Nursery School
Bethany Nursery School has been providing quality education for Rochester preschoolers since 1966. Bethany has many unique features that set it apart from other preschool programs, including our small, personalized environment, educated team, large facility and convenient drop-off and pick-up service. To encourage parent involvement and stimulate exploration and learning using our entire facility, there is only one class of 20 children present at a time. It is our belief that early childhood education is based on a partnership between parents, teachers and students. Bethany Nursery School helps prepare children for lifelong learning by stimulating intellect and discovery in each child – one child at a time.
Rainbow School is a positive first-school experience, providing for the growth and development of the whole child and the support of the entire family. Our teachers are well qualified and committed to providing a quality Christian learning experience to prepare children for kindergarten. Come visit Rainbow School to see how your child can grow and learn in a Christian environment based on love and respect! “Our child has grown so much spiritually and intellectually from being at Rainbow School. We are forever grateful for creating such a loving and creative atmosphere for her.” – Rainbow School Parent
Epic Endeavors Preschool Academy
EPIC Endeavors Preschool Academy is known for a “beyond the ordinary” organic learning environment! EPIC’s niche is definitely what separates them from everyone. EPIC creates little readers before kindergarten while staying project focused on all science and social studies topics. Your preschooler will become a budding scholar who begins reading, writing, and creative problem solving while building an appetite for research about zoology, ecology, entomology and the STEM fields. Class offerings include a STEM M-F class, an afternoon Research Reading and Little Athlete M-W-F Class, and a Music & Math mixed with Art & Literature T/TH class. Parents love the 3-hour, half-day and full-day preschool options for students 33 months to age 5 years who are not yet in kindergarten. Now accepting registration for 2017 summer & fall enrollments! Call or Text 507-319-5709.
Rochester MN Guide to Early Education
Picking a preschool or nursery school that fits your child’s and your family’s needs can be an overwhelming task. As parents we are clearly aware of the importance of our decision. Oftentimes, we don’t even know where to begin as we search through endless internet listings to find the perfect school to begin their child’s education journey. Rochester MN Moms Blog is pleased to be able to offer the Rochester MN Guide to Early Education as a valuable resource to Rochester area parents. If your preschool, nursery school, or childcare center would like to be included in this resource, please fill out the form below!