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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.
Aldrich School has been teaching and creating highly effective curriculum programs through the format of intentional play-based techniques for 75 years. We focus on providing services that improve children’s social, math, art, science, reading, emotional, cognitive, and motor skills to help them grow and flourish on their way to becoming lifelong learners.
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
Don’t miss your chance to learn more about why The Nest at Rochester Catholic Schools is the right choice for your little one. Join us on Monday, November 11, for an informational event at 6:30 p.m. at St. Pius X School (1205 12th Ave NW) to hear about our early childhood program offerings at each site and meet our dedicated staff!
The Nest is the preschool and early childhood program offered by the Rochester Catholic Schools system. A collaborative approach, located within our three elementary schools, the Nest is designed to inspire creative play and develop age-appropriate learning opportunities.
We are blessed to partner with you in the academic and spiritual growth of your young child as they prepare to branch out and soar! During each school day, there is a balance of academic activities designed to foster the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development of young children. Students of all faiths are welcomed and will receive a values-based education in an environment that ensures that each child is safe, happy, and successful everyday.
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. Our variety of sites and program choices ensure we will have option to meet your needs.
Kingdom Kids, IT begins here. We seek to enrich our community by providing a quality education that Initiates a lifelong love for Jesus Christ and Teaches the foundational skills essential for academic success. We partner with families to educate, nurture, and encourage the development of the whole child. Our teachers plan creative lessons and intentional play that is designed to stimulate intellectual, social-emotional, and physical growth. We offer enrichment classes in art, social studies, science, music/drama, and Spanish. Students are well prepared for kindergarten through our developmentally appropriate academic curriculum. Call to schedule a tour of our facility and observe the quality, nurturing environment that is Kingdom Kids.
Thrive Child Care and Family Resource Center
Thrive Child Care and Family Resource Center is a non-profit child care center focused on meeting the needs of families in Rochester, MN. We care for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years in our newly renovated center located in downtown Rochester. Preparing children for school and success in life and supporting families are core values at Thrive. We are building community, one family at a time. We invite you to be a part of the Thrive Family! Now enrolling all ages!
YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center
At the Y, we prepare kids for school success and build a foundation for lifelong learning. You can count on us to provide excellent, affordable care as we partner with you to create and sustain a trusting environment for your children. Serving families with kids ages six weeks to kindergarten, our Early Childhood Learning Center is located at 2364 Valleyhigh Drive NW, next to Lourdes High School. Contact us at 507-200-4024 to schedule a visit. The Y offers need-based scholarships to cover the cost of tuition. Y membership is not required to enroll.
Eureka Kids is a newly opened center proud to offer local families one of the top educational curriculums in Minnesota that focuses on the STEM/STEAM principles. Along with emphasizing Science, Mathematics, Art, Technology and Engineering, Eureka Kids also incorporates Reading and Relationships, in order to give children a more well-rounded educational experience. We will benefit your family by providing you a nurturing, safe, diverse and supportive learning environment that also focuses on children learning through play. This S.M.A.R.T.E.R. educational program only offered at Eureka Kids is child-centered and offers hands-on experiences that will encourage curiosity, discovery, independence and imagination. Eureka Kids is committed to providing the highest quality care and developmentally appropriate education of young children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Become part of the Eureka Kids Family to begin a lifetime of learning by contacting us today.
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! In addition to our regular preschool classes, we offer 5 enrichment classes including Pre-K Literacy, Pre-K Math, Spanish/Science, Fitness, and Art/Music. We have chapel time and music with Ms. Kristin twice per month. 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 Central Lutheran School
In RCLS’s Early Childhood Development Center, children will experience a safe, stimulating, and affirming environment where they can develop a set of skills needed to successfully enter kindergarten, eager and ready to learn. Early learning skills are taught within the context of a Christian environment that prioritizes an academic and spiritual foundation, ensuring that the whole child is educated. Distinctively, RCLS’s Preschool and Prekindergarten programs are taught by licensed educators in a larger school environment, which gives students access to the resources of the K-8 program. A secure, nurturing environment and flexible scheduling with before and after-school care offer families the convenience they seek, while students receive the care and early education they deserve.
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 family’s 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. 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.