Exceptional Early Childhood Education

Lake Minnetonka Magazine Best Preschool 2014At St. David’s Center, we know early childhood education lays the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Because every child brings unique contributions and qualities to the classroom, we believe learning should be guided collaboratively by children, teachers and environments that promote social and cognitive development through play. We focus on the important relationships in a child’s life and invite parents to be involved in their children’s early learning through open communication and thoughtful collaboration.

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, our philosophy is informed by the following core beliefs:

  • Early education lays the foundation for life-long educational curiosity.
  • Relationships affect all aspects of a young child’s development.
  • The teacher’s role is to partner with, nurture and guide children in all areas of development.
  • Social-emotional development is the foundation for all other areas of learning.
  • Indoor and outdoor environments serve as the “third educator” in collaboration with teachers and children.

Our philosophy

Serving children of all abilities from 16 months to 7 years, we offer:

  • a Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool program (16 months to Pre-K)
  • 3-hour, 6-hour and full-day options
  • extended day childcare for working parents
  • a vibrant summer program (up to age 7)
  • optional enrichment classes during the school year, featuring art, music and athletics
  • age-appropriate in-center and out-of-center field trips
  • English-Spanish classes

Our programs

Reflecting the diverse needs of children in the community, our inclusive programs serve:

  • typically developing children
  • children with special needs

About inclusion

Located in Minnetonka, our school features:

  • a DNR-certified school forest
  • 10 acres of land including a portion of Minnehaha Creek
  • two age-specific playgrounds

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