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Early Childhood Education

St. David's Center Early Childhood Education at Banyan Community

Quality education for children ages 3-5


St. David’s Center and Banyan Community are partnering to provide a high-quality early childhood education program in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. The new preschool will be open to 3-to 5-year-olds in the community and staffed by a team of five early childhood educators, most of whom are bilingual. Tuition assistance will be available for some families that are waiting for access to early learning scholarships or childcare assistance.

Our program as been rated 4 out of 4 from Parent Aware, Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System for childcare centers and preschools!

We know the importance of the early years and the power of high-quality early learning environments for all children. This collaboration takes a critical step toward closing that gap in a community that is already benefitting from Banyan’s presence.
Julie Sjordal, St. David’s Center CEO

Now Enrolling

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Eligibility: Children who will be 3 or 5 years old by October 31, 2018 and live in the East or Midtown Phillips neighborhoods. Other ages will be considered if spots are available.

Our program has achieved 4-star Parent Aware rating, the mark of quality for early childhood education programs in Minnesota.

Cost: Free for qualifying families, or a sliding fee scale.

Meals: Two snacks and lunch will be provided at school.

Curriculum and Philosophy: High Scope Curriculum and Reggio Emilia-inspired philosophy.

How to Enroll:
1. Sign up for a pre-intake meeting at Banyan Community.
2. Complete all paperwork (enrollment and scholarship documents).
3. Scholarship details will arrive in the mail.
4. St. David’s Center will notify you whether a spot is available by phone and email.

To learn more, please contact one of our Banyan Family Advocates

Maricruz Arocho

612.722.8512, ext. 120

Maricruz Arocho

Gale Cannon

612.722.8512, ext. 127

Gale Cannon

Frequently Asked Questions

Download our guide to get answers to frequently asked questions about the program, and discover the program calendar.


Fequently Asked Questions (Spanish)

Download our Spanish-language guide to get answers to frequently asked questions about the program, and discover the program calendar.


Program Information

Download the English-language version of the program information sheet.


Program Information

Download the Spanish-language version of the program information sheet.


Program Information

Download the Somali-language version of the program information sheet.


St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development is a non-sectarian agency that provides a broad spectrum of services to children and their families. Originally founded as a preschool in the basement of St. David’s Episcopal Church, St. David’s Center officially separated from the church in 1990 and is no longer affiliated with any religious faith.

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