Early Childhood & Preschool Programs

We support families with both Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes and events, and high-quality preschool options to help you build the foundation for your child's love of learning and school readiness. Browse ECFE, preschool, and more below. Ready to register? Use the link below.

Stepping Stones Preschool 2020 Summer Information

We are excited to have students return to our programming on June 15. Here is a review of our policies at this time, so that families understand what billing will look like for the summer months. We will be returning to our normal operating policies for this summer.

Stepping Stones June 2020:

Program starts on Monday June 15, from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (please note: this is a change from the originally scheduled start time)

Tuition will be due on June 15, 2020  You will receive your invoice on May 22, 2020.

Because staffing within our new guidelines requires strict adherence to staff/student ratios, we are unable to continue suspending enrollments as we will not be able to guarantee a spot once our summer programming begins.

If you need to withdraw from Stepping Stones summer programming, please note that we will maintain a wait-list for families who are interested in returning later in the summer. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that a spot will become available.

A withdrawal for summer can be accepted through May 22. After May 22, our thirty day policy for withdrawal will go into effect, and your deposit will be applied toward your last month’s tuition.

We will continue with our current monthly invoicing, with a tuition based on the 5 day a week, full day programming model.

Please note:

Our Stepping Stones program will be working closely with Kids & Company this summer. Each core care group for our youngest participants will have 5-year-olds (entering kindergarten) and 6-year-olds (entering 1st grade).

COVID-19 UPDATES: Distance Learning begins.

Distance Learning begins on Monday, April 6 for ECFE and Preschool Families, while our buildings remain closed.

Find Early Childhood Distance Learning Plans here for Hopkins Preschools on our Distance Learning site here.

Find preschool-age virtual classroom enrichment videos created by Hopkins Preschool teachers here.

For ECFE classes distance learning options, please contact Angela Sandok: Angela.Sandok@HopkinsSchools.org

You can always find a link to the Distance Learning site on our District home page at HopkinsSchools.org, click the Distance Learning tile.

Child care for parents who are first responders and healthcare workers is available, register here.

MNCOVIDSitters is providing care for families of health care workers:

Refund information:

Kids & Company, Stepping Stones Preschool, Kaleidoscope Preschool, and Stay & Explore will be refunding families for the days of March 16-April 3, 2020.

These programs will not be invoicing for April at this time. When invoicing does occur, a reduced rate will be offered to families depending on the length of the closure.

Distance learning will be provided for Kaleidoscope Preschool and Stepping Stones programs beginning April 6 and continuing until further notice.

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ECFE: Early Childhood Family Education Classes

Classes and programs designed especially for families with newborn babies to 5-year-olds.

Hopkins Preschools

Empowering young learners to reach their potential.

Early Childhood Screening Appointments

For safety reasons, screenings have been canceled during the COVID-19 school closure.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Events and information you need to know as your family prepares for kindergarten.

ECFE Registration Information

Registration Information for ECFE classes