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About Our Preschool

Your child’s early childhood education experiences pave the way for a lifelong love of learning. Our teachers create and maintain a classroom environment where social and cognitive development is fostered through play and collaboration. We believe in the importance of an inclusive learning environment, where children of all abilities learn alongside each other – creating educational experiences that go beyond the classroom.


Our program is proud to have earned NAEYC Accreditation – the mark of quality for early childhood education programs.

Early education lays the foundation for lifelong educational curiosity.

Our Philosophy
Preschool

We serve children of all abilities from 16 months to eight years. Programs include:

  • 3-hour, 6-hour, and full-day options
  • Extended-day childcare for working parents
  • A vibrant summer program
  • Optional enrichment classes featuring art, music, and athletics
  • Field trips
  • English/Spanish classes
Our Programs

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 encouraging natural play
Outdoor classrooms

Our Campus

What Does Learning Look Like?

Social Development

Friendship is important at St. David’s Center. Through the group setting of the classroom, your child will develop positive social relationships. In the toddler room, this may mean interacting with teachers and parallel play with other children. As your child grows, he or she will increasingly make friends and begin interactive play as they learn and grow.

Cognitive Development

At St. David’s Center, your child will learn to love learning and expand his or her logical thinking. At 16-36 months, your child will begin to recognize that different objects have different characteristics—small or big, rough or smooth, cold or warm. As he or she gets older, your child will begin to identify colors, shapes, sizes, and texture, as well as sort and classify objects by their attributes and uses. Your child will be encouraged to exercise curiosity about the larger world.

Language Development

St. David’s Center is rich in language from songs to books to use of words to describe ideas and feelings. Your toddler’s language acquisition will be expanded through music, oral instructions, reading books and more. Your four and five year old child will begin to recognize letters, his or her own name, and understand the concept that written words have meaning.

Creative Development

Imagination and creativity are developed through movement and musicdramatic play, and art. Hands-on experiences with musical instruments, props, and process-oriented art activities foster your child’s development.

Physical Development

At St. David’s Center, you might find your child running, jumping, climbing, or manipulating objects like balls or shovels. Or he or she may be practicing eye-hand coordination with puzzles, crayons, or blocks, and learning to get dressed in winter or summer gear. Your child will also work on age-appropriate toilet training.

Emotional Development

St. David’s Center fosters your child’s sense of enthusiasm about the school experience through consistent routines. Through the encouragement of age-appropriate expression of feelings, he or she will learn to practice self-control and develop a positive sense of self.

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St. David’s Center does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, gender or sexual orientation in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs and activities. For further information about this policy, contact our Managing Director of Program Operations at 952.548.8624, TDD 1.800.627.3529.

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