Preschool, Nursery School, Childcare Center, In-Home Daycare? 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. This comprehensive guide will provide you with all the options for early childhood care in Rochester MN.
So what is the difference between the four 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.
- In-Home Daycare are private homes licensed by the state of Minnesota to care for a certain amount of children. Often in smaller setting, this option provides care in a smaller setting.
Additionally, we’ve listed out helpful resources to you as you begin your search. Please be sure to visit the drop down menus below our featured listing for information on in-home daycare, sitters, county resources and more!
EPIC Endeavors Preschool Academy
EPIC Endeavors Preschool Academy is a STEM learning environment located downtown Rochester geared for our youngest scholars beginning at age 2 3/4 year to age 5. EPIC preschool is where art, music, and a lot of movement and sports are woven into all our “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math” learning. Our niche in town is building early readers! At EPIC children become researchers as they learn to read and write daily and get a whole lot of indoor and outdoor purposeful play! Our goal is for EPIC kids to become readers, writers, and thinkers about our world. We invite you to come visit and see our little learning lab for kids. Text for a tour today 507-319-5709 to see our preschool options.
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 The Nest, 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 growth of your little child as they prepare to branch out and soar! During each school day, there is a balance of academic activities along with opportunities for social, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth. Children of all faiths are welcome and will receive a values-based education where they will grow in strength of character, mind, body, and spirit. Preschool programs at The Nest for children 3-5 years old are offered at Holy Spirit Catholic School, St. Francis of Assisi School, and St. Pius X School. To help meet the growing needs of families, we are happy to also provide additional childcare options for students who are enrolled in our preschool program.
Kingdom Kids Christian Preschool
Kingdom Kids is a preschool program, for ages 2 to 5, that helps children learn and develop by partnering with your family to educate, nurture, and encourage the development of the whole child. We are 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.
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.
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! We offer 5 different enrichment classes in addition to our regular preschool classes. “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.” – RS Parent
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!
Precious Is The Child Preschool
We are a Christian preschool with a loving atmosphere, facilitating learning through whole-child, hands-on experiences. We hold a four-star Parent Aware rating, teachers have education degrees, we have small class sizes, we support kindergarten readiness, and offer full-day and half-day. We look forward to meeting you and your child!
Other Area Child Care Centers, Nursery Schools, Preschools, & Resources
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Rochester is fortunate to have many wonderful, loving in-home day care providers to meet your families needs. This sort of care is in very high demand in Rochester, so if you’d like to take this route for your child’s care, we suggest you start your search early. Please There are a few resources that can help you:
Provides one book per month for children ages birth through five in Olmsted County.
Assesses children 4- 6 for potential reading concerns
Early Childhood Screening is a free, comprehensive developmental screening for any child 3 years to 5 years living in the Rochester School District.
The PCA program provides assistance to families with disabled children and children with special healthcare needs requiring assistance and currently enrolled in Medical Assistance. The program provides help and assistance with activities of daily living.
Public Health Nurses provide parenting and child health information to families with a child birth to age 5 who has a known or suspected handicapping condition or chronic illness.
ECSE is early intervention services for children with developmental delays in a variety of areas such as cognition, motor, social, or speech development. ECSE provides children who are diagnosed under the ECSE criteria with appropriate educational programs that are designed to meet their particular needs, enabling them to more fully participate in their home, school, and community.