Kindergarten Connection - Hop, Skip and Jump, New Beginnings
New London/Spicer
Bright Futures Preschool
New London-Spicer Preschools, Cub Kids/School Readiness & Busy Bees
Praise and Play Preschool
MACCRAY Community Ed Preschool – 3 & 4 year oldsand School Readiness
Kids Together
Creative Kids
Redeemer Lutheran Preschool
Help Me Grow-Kandiyohi
Loving Arms Child Care Center & Preschool
Cardinal Kid Preshool
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
Grow Mobile
Heartland Head Start
Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA
4K at Central minnesota Christian School

Contact Phone Email/Web Site Program Description
Bright Futures Preschool
4105 97th Ave. NE, Spicer
Andrea Omen 320 796-6105

3 hour class for 3-5 year olds

Curriculum Focus Areas:

  • Letters
  • Numbers
  • Spanish(beginning)
  • American Sign Language
  • Self-Help Skills
  • Pre-reading skills
Redeemer Lutheran Preschool
1401 6th ST SW, Willmar, MN 56201
Rachel Jeppesen 320 235-4685

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We are a licensed, Christian-based preschool providing education and care for children 3-5 years of age. Families may choose a Half Day or a Full Day option with extended care if needed. Our mission is Teaching, Living, Sharing Jesus’ Love therefore our curriculum starts with a Bible story and all learning activities follow. We emphasize Sharing Jesus’ love with the children through a variety of service projects that impact our community and our world. Licensed teachers and qualified staff and volunteers provide a loving and secure environment for young children.
Help Me Grow-Kandiyohi
611 5th St. SW, Willmar, MN 56201
Julie Schroeder
Service Coordinator
320-231-5184 In coordination with the Minnesota Department of Education and the Help Me Grow program, we work with children and families to provide early identification and intervention for young children with special needs and/or health related conditions birth to age five in Kandiyohi County. Minnesota children from birth to five-years- old, who are eligible for Help Me Grow, can receive services in their home, child care setting or school. These services are free to eligible families regardless of income or immigrant status. Services offered to a child will depend on their special health condition and/or areas in which they are experiencing developmental delay. The Help Me Grow web pages of MN Parents Know feature information about child development,guidance for initiating a referral, and detailed information about services.
New London-Spicer Preschools, Cub Kids/School Readiness & Busy Bees
P.O. Box 430, New London, MN 56273
Val Walstrom,
Early Childhood Coordinator
320 796-2443

Web Site

NL-S Preschool Opportunities offer:

  • Opportunities for children to get ready for school through play and learning experiences with their peers
  • Program locations in New London (Busy Bees) or Spicer (Cub Kids/School Readiness)
  • Licensed Early Childhood teachers and experienced
    paraprofessionals in all programs
  • Full or part-time scheduling options for children ages 3 – 5 years old
  • Full day or half day – you choose what works for your family
  • Special family events and field trips throughout the year
  • Bus transportation
  • Scholarships and sliding fee scales
MACCRAY Community Ed Preschool – 3 & 4 year olds
School Readiness – late winter- spring – in conjunction with ECFE
309 Day St MACCRAY East in Raymond, MN 56282
Cathy Schueler
Kerry Hogan
School Readiness
320 967-4282

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Community Ed Preschool- ½ day or full day program, 2
days per week at MACCRAY East and West. Fee is charged.

School Readiness – Kindergarten preparation classes
offered FREE to children who attend ECFE. Classes run
winter – spring and are held at MACCRAY East and West.

Praise and Play Preschool
310 Medayto Drive Spicer, MN 56288
Trisha Voss 320 796-2522

Web Site

We are a faith based preschool serving children ages 3- 5 located at Faith Lutheran church in Spicer. We offer half day and full day options. Half day classes run from 7:30-11:30.  Full day class hours are from 7:30-5:30 with lunches catered from the NL-S school district.  All classes are taught by a licensed EC teacher. Children will have the opportunity to learn through play, hands-on activities, exploration, peer interactions, choice activities, problem solving, and a celebration of individual abilities and gifts.

We will offer experiences that reflect the love of God and promote a positive attitude toward learning, school, and new ideas. There is a focus on a weekly bible story with weekly pastor visits as well.

A typical day would include: dramatic play, songs and movement, puzzles and manipulatives, science and sensory exploration, large and fine motor activities, snack, story, circle time, kindergarten readiness skills, and outdoor play.

Loving Arms Child Care Center & Preschool
1101 Willmar Ave. SW, Willmar, MN 56201
Donna Brau, Director
(320) 235-1441 ext. 24
320 235-7271

Web Site

Loving Arms CCC is a fully licensed and accredited early childhood program serving children ages 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten. As an accredited center, we strive to offer the highest quality of care and early learning experiences for children. Our classrooms operate with low teacher-to-child ratios (Infants 1:3; Toddlers 1:5; Preschool 3’s 1:6; and pre-K 4-5’s 1:8).

As a ministry of Vinje Lutheran Church, our faith-based curriculum is incorporated into daily living and learning. Using Creative Curriculum as our foundational structure, teachers provide developmentally appropriate experiences to support a monthly study theme. For example, during a study on dinosaurs, preschool children baked a ‘choco-saurus’ cake which they ate for afternoon snack, learning about science and math through their baking activity.

We have two outdoor play spaces – a large muscle playground for riding tricycles, climbing, sand play and sliding; and a NEW NATURE CLASSROOM to encourage exploration and wonder. Features of our nature classroom include a garden bed, water play area, outdoor musical instruments, climbing stumps, balance beam, and “loose parts” for supporting imaginative play.

Cardinal Kids Preshool
824 7th St SW Willmar, MN 56201

Jennifer Hellickson

320-231-8300 x6630

Web Site

Cardinal Kids Preschool is designed for four and five year olds in their last year before kindergarten. Our full time preschool provides a strong foundation for kindergarten while engaging kids in fun and educational activities. We are conveniently located at Kennedy Elementary school and follow the Willmar Public schools calendar. Call Ann at 231-8300 x6630 for more information or a registration packet.
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

Jodi Wambeke

Valerie Walstrom
New London-Spicer

Peggy Starz

ACGC (Atwater)

Alison Nelson

KMS (Sunburg)

Paulette Peterson




320 974-8841


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Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program for all
Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth to
kindergarten entrance. The program is offered through Minnesota public schools. ECFE is based on the idea that the family provides a child’s first and most significant learning environment and parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. ECFE works to strengthen families. ECFE’s goal is to enhance the ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for their child’s learning and growth. In addition to classes ECFE offers parent child events, home visits, classes with the library and much more.
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Tom Hannasch

Sharon LaPoint

New London-Spicer

Julie Fischer

ACGC (Atwater)

Andrea Zurn

KMS (Sunburg

Billy Lindeman



320-354-2252 ext. 2374



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Available to children ages birth to kindergarten

  • Services for children that have developmental concerns and meet eligibility requirements
  • Areas of concern may include speech, language, learning/play behavior, motor skills or social development
  • Services may include speech and language activities, developmental assessment, infant stimulation activities, home visiting, occupational- physical therapy, preschool experience, and service coordination with the family
Grow Mobile
311 SW 4th St. , Willmar, MN 56201
Amelia Jackson 320-235-1050
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The Growmobile is a mobile preschool that provides books and curriculum to family childcares during the school year and on-site preschool at various locations around Kandiyohi County during the summer. The Growmobile is an initiative of Empower: Women United in Philanthropy.
Kindergarten Connection - Hop, Skip and Jump, New Beginnings
ACGC North Elementary, 302 South 2nd St, Atwater, MN 56209
Peggy Starz 320 974-8841

Web Site

Hop, Skip and Jump and New Beginnings are for children 3 years of age by September 1, 2011. Kindergarten Connection is for children 4 by September 1 or eligible for kindergarten in September 2012. All children must be toilet trained to attend preschool.

Required forms:  Immunization, Emergency Card, Photo/Field Trip.
Parents are involved in preschool with their child by:

  • Participating in Building Language Together (KC) or Early Building Language Together (HSJ & NB)
  • Working with take-home books, leap pads or activity kits    
  • Volunteering in the classroom
  • Spring field trip
Kids Together
Jefferson Learning Center 1234 Kandiyohi Ave. SW, Willmar
Jodi Wambeke 320 231-8490

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Kids Together provides a variety of learning experiences that assist in building the foundation on which children will succeed and excel in kindergarten. We use a comprehensive curriculum that guides teaching in designing a learning environment in which children learn and develop positive social competence and acquire skills and knowledge for kindergarten readiness.
Community Christian School Preschool & Eagle’s Nest Childcare Center
1300 19th Ave SW Willmar, MN 56201
Tracy Borstad
CCS Preschool
Sarah Friesen
Eagle’s Nest Childcare
(320) 235-0592

Web Site

CCS Preschool & Eagle’s Nest will provide all children with a God-centered child care and education program. CCS Preschool & Eagle’s Nest has a desire to glorify God in all things and to pursue quality in our program for each child’s needs and abilities. We will offer a Christian curriculum which will encourage social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. The Christian teachers will provide a safe, loving and comfortable environment for early learning.

Heartland Head Start
Multiple Sites in Kandiyohi County
Cathy Nelson-Messner 320-235-0850
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Heartland Head Start is a comprehensive child and family program serving children who are three to five years of age. Heartland Head Start partners with eligible families to build on their strengths to reach their goals. Family and Community Engagement is an important part of the Head Start program. We believe that families are the child’s first and most important teachers. Children do best in life when they grow up with the active, positive involvement of family and community members that care.

Heartland Head Start offers a variety of early learning options including center based (4 days a week), Home Base, and Combination educational opportunities. Heartland Head Start utilizes the Creative Curriculum and monitors and supports both Child and Family outcomes in an effort to ensure that children enter school ready to learn.

If interested in applying for Head Start or becoming a community volunteer please call or email.

Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA Child Care Center
2200 23rd Street NE Suite:0070, Willmar, MN 56201
Troy Peterson (320) 231-7050

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The Kandiyohi County a very special place where adults and children gather on a daily basis to play and learn, see and do, observe and experience, explore and journey. The Childcare Center, in the Health and Human Services Building, is a licensed childcare center with space for 8 infants, 14 toddlers, and 42 preschoolers/school- age. Our teachers are qualified, certified, and attend on-going training. Teachers design curriculum around weekly themes, letters, numbers, and character values.Each room has learning centers like Reading, Art, Family Living, Small Manipulatives, and more, and daily plans provide time for Outdoor Activities in a child-friendly playground. The Childcare Center accepts Childcare Assistance Funding and may be able to provide scholarships and sliding fees with funds from the United Way and the YMCA Partners with Youth Program. Be assured that we always treat children in our care with kindness and respect. Our staff are all trained to use Positive Behavior Guidance methods to gently guide disruptive children, and to reinforce and praise children making good behavior choices. Stop on out to our facility or give us a call and let the Y care for your child as much as you do.
4K at Central minnesota Christian School
204 School St, Prinsburg, MN
Tricia Nelson (320) 978-8700

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Central Minnesota Christian School offers a well rounded 4K program of Christ-centered, developmentally appropriate experiences to foster a love of learning in a nurturing, faith-filled environment. Children must be 4 years of age by 9/1/2015. Full or half day options are available.

Busing options are also offered.

Program features:

  • Develop and further intellectual understanding of literacy and math based concepts
  • Multi sensory experiences to develop and enhance critical readiness skills
  • Creative expression through music, movement, and dramatic play
  • Social and emotional development through music, movement, and dramatic play
  • Large and small motor skill development through free and guided interactions
  • Christ-centered experiences to nurture and understanding and love of jesus, others, and self
  • Student use of technology as an extension of learning: SmartBoards, iPads, and computers
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