Preschool General Information

Updated 2022

General Information

Blended Early Learning Program

Itasca School District 10 offers two programs. The morning session (Pre-Kindergarten) is intended for those children who will be 4 on or before September 1st of the upcoming school year. The afternoon session (Preschool) is intended for those children who will be 3 on or before September 1st.


The Pre-K program is a Blended Program. It combines general education students who pay a program fee with diverse learner students who have an IEP.


  • Pre-Kindergarten (4 year olds): Mornings from 8:45am - 11:15am
  • Preschool (3 year olds): Afternoons from 12:30pm -3:20pm
  • District 10 is not a ‘preschool for all’ school district.

Educational Program


Teaching and learning in Itasca District 10 leads students to be active curious learners. We foster an early childhood environment that nurtures all to be problem-solvers & nurtures the whole child approach. We are proud of our early childhood program and a sample day includes the below opportunities.


Classroom day includes regularly scheduled activities like:
  • Arrival & Question of the Day/Classroom Meeting
  • Gross motor movement
  • Table work focused on academic skills
  • Fine motor skill building
  • Circle Time
  • Small Group Centers
  • Gym/Playground Exploratory Play

Tuition

  • Tuition for preschool programs is paid in 3 installments currently ($850 installment for the 2022-2023 school year), should a family not be able to pay in that installment amount a payment plan may be arranged with the school district as a financial accommodation.
  • Fee waivers or fee reductions may not be granted for tuition based students as the program is not required and elective.
  • Students with significant needs that necessitate an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) do not pay tuition for this blended preschool program
  • Students who only have speech IEP may not qualify for tuition-free

Calendar & Evaluation Information

  • Our program will follow District 10 school calendar, approximately 5 Fridays off per school year for early childhood education evaluations, afternoon preschool does not conduct classes on early release Wednesdays

  • Early intervention evaluations will be conducted in time for the child to receive services on their 3rd birthday

Enrollment Information

Program enrollment is conducted annually via a lottery for both 3 & 4 year old tuition-paying students annually. Admittance as a 3 year old doesn’t guarantee a slot as a 4 year old. The lottery is held annually for all tuition-paying students.


Classroom design & enrollment is based on current projected need of learners

Transportation

  • Transportation to and from school by guardians is required for all tuition-paying students and transportation will be evaluated with IEP team for all other diverse learners

Related Services

  • While attending the Benson Primary Early Childhood Program, your child may also be eligible for therapy services related to his/her special needs, including:

    • Speech/language therapy

    • Occupational therapy

    • Physical therapy

    • Social work or counseling

    • Assistive technology

    • Nursing

    • Vision services

    • Hearing services

Preschool Presentation & Contact Information