Early Childhood Family Education (birth-5 years old)
Parent/Guardian and child classes as well as parent support.
Bloomington Preschool is committed to preparing your child for success in kindergarten and beyond!
Starting preschool is an exciting milestone in your child's life. Our licensed teachers set up classrooms to help children discover a love for learning.
Step into Preschool is designed for children who turn 3 after September 1st, 2023.
Kids' SAFARI is a before and after school program offered for children in kindergarten through grade 5. The focus of these programs is on school-age childcare and enrichment opportunities designed to meet the changing needs of children and families.
Preschool SAFARI is designed for families who desire an early learning education experience with a childcare component available. There will be a licensed preschool teacher giving preschool instruction for 2.5 hours during the day with a paraprofessional.
New for 2023-24, afterschool Targeted Services programming will now all be under one umbrella and called Fusion. It will be a 4 day a week program, Monday through Thursday from 2:45pm to 4:45pm.
Absolutely! We welcome all parents and caregivers!
Yes, if they both fit into the age group for that class. If they don't both fit into the age group, please look for a class that may offer sibling care.
Sibling care is available for children ages birth to Kindergarten. However, if you have a new baby who is not ready to attend sibling care, you may keep the baby with you in class until the baby is 6 months old.
Yes! As long as there is still space available you can join a class at any time.
No. We welcome everyone!
Yes, there always needs to be an adult in attendance with a child for any ECFE class.
We welcome any and all adults to attend with your child to include grandparents, aunts and uncles, nannies and all other caregivers!
Please visit www.bloomington.ce.eleyo.com or call us at 952-681-6200.
You may register for one class per child.
We run on a two-semester schedule unless a class is specified as year-long. Fall semester classes begin in August/September go until mid January. Then families can register for second semester which run mid-January through May.
Class fees are on a sliding fee scale based on family size and annual income. All families are welcome. No one will be denied participation due to the inability to pay.
Yes! We have a very active parent/caregiver group called the Bloomington Early Learning Advisory Council that plans family events, fundraises, and advises on Early Childhood programs like ECFE and Preschool. For more information please visit their website at www.bloomingtonearlyadvisors.org/
No. Children are required to be the minimum age of class by September 1st to be enrolled in the class. This is the case for all ECFE classes except mixed-age classes without separation and non-age-specific classes like Kids in Nature, STEAM or Music and More. Children must wait to attend until they meet the minimum age requirement for the class.
Contact us at 952-681-6200.952-681-6219 (Espanol)952-681-6269 (Soomaali)
Classes are taught by licensed educators to provide a high quality experience for your family. Some classes offer separating time in which adults meet in another classroom.
Please join the waiting list! Often we are able to move people into the class if other families cancel. Occasionally, we might add an additional section of a class if we see a long waiting list.
ECFE is based on the idea that parents provide their child's first and most significant learning environment and parents are children's first and most enduring teachers. ECFE works to support you as a parent/caregiver and to strengthen and empower families. The goal is to enhance to ability of all parents and other family members to provide the best possible environments for their child's learning and development.
Parent education is led by licensed teachers that focus on supporting parents. They pull from research-based resources to help parents better understand their child's development, expand their parenting skills, and facilitate conversations between parents and caregivers about the daily challenges and joys of raising young children.
Separation time is an opportunity for adults to go to another classroom and talk with the parent educator. The teaching team gradually works up to this over the weeks of the class based on the readiness of the children. Other classes are non-separating and the parents stay in the same classroom as their children for the parent education time. Classes without parent education do not separate or have this parent discussion time.
We have a few options for families with more than one child:
We offer before and after school childcare for our preschool classes. Please visit bloomington.k12.mn.us/ce/childcare and scroll down to the Preschool portion of the page. You will find information about our care sites there.
Yes. We have a very active parent/caregiver group call the Bloomington Early Learning Advisory Council that plans family events, fundraises, and advises on Early Childhood programs like ECFE and Preschool. They offer many ways to volunteer and get to know other parents/caregivers.
Yes, as long as the daycare address is within the attendance area for the school you wish to attend. Additionally, a "Request for Transportation to and from Daycare" form must be submitted to the transportation department.
We have classrooms at multiple different sites and sometimes it is difficult to coordinate a tour at a specific site. Before your child starts school in the fall, you will have the opportunity to see your child’s assigned classroom and meet the teacher.
Yes. Children who qualify for an IEP can receive their services in a variety of ways and potentially one of those ways includes during preschool programming.
Bloomington Public Schools does allow students from other school districts to open enroll. Additional paperwork may be required to attend.
Yes. Children should be potty trained or must be actively potty training before entering preschool. Exceptions are made for children who have an IEP or 504 Plan.
Yes, for the most part our calendar does follow the district calendar, while adding a few additional no school days that are different from the rest of the school district. Our calendar can be viewed athttps://www.bloomington.k12.mn.us/els/early-learning-services-calendar
If you have general questions regarding kindergarten options, open enrollment or early entrance for kindergarten, please call your home school or the district office at 952-681-6555.
Enter your address in the school locator on the Bloomington Public Schools website: https://www.bloomington.k12.mn.us/find-your-school
It depends. Busing is available for Preschool for 4's classes for children who live in the attendance areas of schools where preschool is offered. Busing is not available to Preschool SAFARI, Preschool for 3's, or Step Into Preschool classes unless the child is on an IEP and receiving Early Childhood Special Education services.
All families are welcome. Program space is limited, so spots are filled first come, first served once all registration steps have been completed. Priority is given to children with demonstrated need based on family income, language, development and family factors. Final class placement is at the discretion of Early Learning Services.
Children who are 5 years-old as of September 1st may potentially attend a 4 year-old preschool class. BUT because they are eligible for Kindergarten, they are ineligible for the sliding fee scale and will need to pay the full price (Level 4) tuition and fees.
No, the Minnesota Department of Education sets September 1st as the age cut-off date for the ENTIRE school year, so children must be 3 or 4 years-old on September 1st in order to attend 3- or 4-year-old classes for that school year. Our Step Into Preschool class is designed for children who turn 3 after September 1st, and we add registrations throughout the year as children turn 3. Children MUST be 3 and potty trained for Step Into Preschool.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 952-681-6200. 952-681-6219 (Espanol)952-681-6269 (Soomaali)
Preschool has a sliding fee scale. Tuition is based on family size and household income. All income must be verified in order to qualify for the sliding scale fee. Pathway 1 Early Learning scholarships are accepted.
Our licensed teachers use research and evidence-based methods to teach the state standards for Early Childhood.
Authorized Pickups -- How to Add & Remove
To add Authorized Pickups:
When finished click on the blue button "Save Authorized Pickups".
To remove Authorized Pickups by the Parent/Guardian:
Vacation credit is available with a one-week written notice to the Administrative Office, once per school year for the equivalent of the weekly contracted schedule, up to 5 consecutive days. Children may not attend the program during the requested time off. If a child arrives, you will be charged, and the vacation credit will be voided. Please call 952-681-6128 or email email@example.com with questions.
Withdrawal from the program requires:
You can log onto: ecscreening.youcanbook.me
OR call 952-681-6200.
Contract Option Changes (for example: a change from Consistent Schedule to a Drop-In contract) require a one week's written notice via email to the Kids' SAFARI Administrative Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org with the new contract option and the needed days before &/or after school, if applicable.
We're happy to make the change for you. All changes incur a $10.00 per child contract change fee. If you have questions, please email email@example.com or call 952-681-6128.
For Consistent Schedule contracts only:
Permanent schedule changes (representing a new consistent pattern of attendance) require a one week's written notice via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the new schedule days before &/or after school to the Kids' SAFARI Administrative Office.
You may also make a change request through your online account, however if we've already invoiced you for the month, the system won't let you make a change before the beginning of the next month. If you need the change before the beginning of the next month, emailing us works best. We'd be happy to make the change for you and then email you a revised invoice for the current month.
We require a one-week written notification. All changes incur a $10.00 per child contract change fee. If you have questions, please email email@example.com or call 952-681-6128.
Please note that when you change your child's contract online and change the end date to some date other than the last day of school, it ends the contract on that date. Your contract will NOT automatically revert back to the schedule you had before the change. If you want your child’s SAFARI contract to run through the end of the school year, you will need to go online and make a second change beginning with the day after the end date of your first change to the last day of school with the new schedule you need.
To add Authorized Pickups:
The information about Camp SAFARI and other SAFARI Summer programs is on our website. Please go to:
There is a chart for summer SAFARI programs listed on the middle of the page.
The Family Handbook has lots of information and is located half way down the page.
On the www.kidssafari.org page under Kids’ SAFARI, summer SAFARI registration will take you to the registration page.
If your child is attending Summer School, or Extended School Year (ESY), as well as any Summer SAFARI program, please answer the question about other programs when you're filling out the contract.
If you checked that you need childcare around one of the programs in the previous paragraph, after your contract is received you will receive an email, with a form attached, that you need to print off, fill out, sign and return to us via:
Email the scanned pages of the form to: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Fax: 952-681-6101 or
Mail or Bring to Kids’ SAFARI administrative office:
Kids’ SAFARI, 2575 W 88th St, Suite 200, Bloomington MN 55431
Please note this must be returned to the SAFARI administrative office before your Kids’ SAFARI summer contract can be processed so that your child’s location for attendance (and billing) is correct for their safety.
Then we will be moving your child(ren) to Extended Care for only the dates and time you selected.
Please note that all invoices and communication will be via email.
Invoices are emailed monthly.
Vacation Credit (applies to Consistent Schedule contract only)
Vacation credit is available with a one-week written notice to the Administrative Office (email works: email@example.com), once per school year and once per summer for 3-5 consecutive days within a two-week time frame. Children may not attend the program during the requested time off. If a child arrives, you will be charged at the drop-in rate, and the vacation credit will be voided. Please call 952.681.6128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
To reserve drop-ins, go
Be sure to click "Finish" at the bottom of the page.You will have to do this for each child.
Drop-ins are accepted on a space-available basis and we cannot guarantee that space will be available.
To check to see if Drop-ins have been approved:
Here's how to check on your drop-ins online, go to:
You should see your child's schedule on the right and just below that are your Drop-in requests.
If there is a red "x Remove" button on the right of the Drop-in date (am or pm), then your drop-in request has NOT be approved yet.
If the "x Remove" button is gone, the site has approved your drop-in request
To Remove Drop-in before it's been approved:
When you're in your child's contract page (directions above), you should see your child's schedule on the right.
Please note that no refunds are are available for canceling an approved Drop-in date per the Family Handbook near the bottom of the webpage www.kidssafari.org .
Information about Non-School Days on our portion of the District's website.
Please go to www.kidssafari.org and half way down the page is a link to Non School Day information. There are charts with the registration deadline dates and cancellation for 50% credit deadline dates.
To Register for Non-School Days online, go to bloomington.ce.eleyo.com.
You will see Buttons down the left side, under Account Management.
Be sure to click Finish at the bottom of the page.You will have to do this for each child.
Non-school days are contracted separately via your online account. Contracts must be submitted on or before the date listed on our website in order to be registered for Non-school Days at the Early Bird or Guaranteed Rate. Charges are billed monthly.
To check to see if Non School Days have been approved:
Here's how to check on your Non School Days online, go to:
Under "Current and Upcoming Contracts" you'll see a box with your child's name & school, to the very right click on the “>”
You should see your child's schedule on the right and just below that are your Non School Day requests.
If the red "x Remove" button is on the right of the Non School Day date, then your Non School Days request has NOT be approved yet.
If the "x Remove" button is gone, your Non School Days request has been approved.
To Remove Non School Days before it's been approved:
When you're in your child's contract page, you should see your child's schedule on the right.
Please note once the contract is approved, schedule changes and/or switching of days is not permitted. Please do not submit your Non School Days until you are sure of the dates care is needed. Vacation credit is not available per the Family Handbook near the bottom of the webpage www.kidssafari.org .
"Cancellation of Non-School Days
Non School Days may be cancelled for a 50% credit if requested in writing (email works) to the Administrative Office (email@example.com) by the deadlines listed on our website."
If it's before the deadline, we can credit your account 50% of each date's tuition you want cancelled. To see the deadline dates, please go to: www.kidssafari.org
Please go to bloomington.ce.eleyo.com
For Pick Your Day contract only - to submit your monthly schedule of dates during your school year contract only.
Please note you need to email us if you want to change your contract option (for example:. from Drop-in to Consistent Schedule) :
On the Right, Under "Current and Upcoming Contracts" see your child's name, to the very right click on the “>”
Click on the “Change Schedule” button on the left, make your changes and
***Be sure to watch for the Before School or the After School section, so you select the times of the day you need childcare.
Click on “Submit contract Schedule Changes”
To see the details on your invoices, view payments or to obtain receipts for childcare reimbursement, please go to:
Withdrawal from the Program
Withdrawal from the Kids’ SAFARI program requires:
Feel free to contact us with what's on your mind.