The Community Education department is made up of multiple programs: School Age Child Care (SACC), Pre-school, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), Adult Enrichment and Youth Enrichment. The focus of each one of these programs is to educate the community at different age levels and with different skills.

Being a part of the SACC program is a great way for children ages 3 to 5 to start getting use to the school environment. The kids also get the opportunity to become familiar with the rules of the school and the school day routines. We are very excited about the move of the SACC room the week of Winter Break. Having the SACC room closer to the Elementary School doors will make dropping off and picking up children easier for parents.

Preschool is a great place for children to learn social and life skills and to become more independent. Children who attended preschool can go into kindergarten feeling confident because they will have already made friends with some of the other children in the class and they will have a basic understanding of what school is all about. Above all, preschool is fun! Most of the learning in preschool occurs through play. The hope is that preschool is the start of a lifelong love of learning!

Kingsland ECFE offers parent and early childhood education for families with children between birth and kindergarten age. ECFE is based on the idea that the family provides a child's first and most important learning environment, and parents are a child's first and most significant teachers. ECFE works to strengthen families and enhance the ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their children.

Adult and Youth Enrichment classes are put on for the betterment of our community. You can go to classes for things that you already do and love or try something new. The other wonderful part of the enrichment classes put on by Community Education is that the ideas come from the community. We try our best to hold classes that the community wants. These classes are not only good for the great information that you learn in the classes, but the friendships that can continue outside of the classes.

For all the latest being offered from the Community Education Department check out the Community Education tab on the Kingsland website at www.kingsland.k12.mn.us.

Community Education Department Staff:

• Community Education coordinator: Becky Bicknese

• School Age Child Care: Angela Solberg

• SACC assistants: Deb Westphal, Heather Lawson, Shelly Cornell, Paige Brandt, Amber Frank

• Pre-School teacher: Kelly Simon

• Early Childhood Special Ed teacher: Samantha Van Gorp

• Preschool assistant: Angie Boysen

• Early Childhood Family Education: Ann Priebe