Activities Director

EARLY CHILDHOOD

1800 W. Nevada Ave, Benson, MN 56215

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Chrysees Forbord

cforbord@benson.k12.mn.us

320.842.2717 ext 4122

Contact  Mary Kent for PK-5 Attendance

Mary Kent, Secretary: 320.842.2717

mkent@benson.k12.mn.us

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Where We Believe Even Our Littlest Learners Need Opportunities!

WELCOME TO BENSON EARLY CHILDHOOD

The Benson Early Childhood program offers learning and engagement opportunities for toddlers and preschoolers ages 18 months to 5 years through our ECFE, School Readiness, Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten, and STEAM Academy programs. 

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Come and join the fun for this interactive parent and child class! ECFE classes include:

* Parent/Child Activity Time
* Circle Time with stories, music, and games
* Child Snack Time and Free Play
* Parent Discussion Time

ECFE classes meet once per week for 12 weeks. We offer 2 sessions per year: one 12 week session in the fall and one 12 week session in the spring.
 

*There is a separate registration for each session!*

* 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm (child must be between the ages of 18 months and 4 years on or before                     the first day of class.

* 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (child must be between the ages of 2 years and 4 years on or before the                     first day of class. 

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School Readiness (SR) is our Preschool learning opportunity for 3-year-olds! Children entering our SR program must be 3 years old and fully potty trained on or before September 1st of the school year they will be attending. 

The SR program is a tuition-based class meeting 3 mornings per week from 8:00 am to 10:45 am. Children will have free-play time, snack time, circle time, and small group activity time. 

Tuition for School Readiness is $95.00/month.
Families participating in federal programs such as
MFIP, SNAP, Free and Reduced Lunch, etc. are eligible for a scholarship thanks to Pathways II funding. Scholarships cover half of the monthly cost. 

2020-2021 School Year
First Day of School - September 22
Last Day of School - May 21

 

*Other than the start and end dates, we follow the district school schedule for
holidays, vacations, and weather-related school closings.* 

Now taking registrations for the 2022-2023 School Year!

Or call the Community Education Office at 320-843-4545

Voluntary PreK

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) is our district-based, free, pre-school. Children entering VPK must be 4 years old and fully potty trained on or before September 1st of the school year he/she will be attending. 

Our VPK program offers children their first, full-day, school experience! Children in the VPK program get an early start on learning the routines and expectations of a school setting as well as a full Social-Emotional curriculum, Kindergarten Readiness skills, and the MN Reading Corps Program. 

This is a two-day a week program with classes on Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays. The school day for either class runs from 8:00 am - 2:50 pm.

We are currently taking registrations for the 2022-2023 school year!!!

Or call the Community Education Office at 320-843-4545

2020-2021 School Year
First Day of School - September 21/22
Last Day of School - May 19/20 

 

*Other than the start and end dates, we follow the district school schedule for holidays, vacations, and weather-related school closings.* 

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What is STEAM?!?!  
Science - Technology - Engineering - Arts - Math

The future belongs to the CURIOUS. The ones who are not afraid to
TRY it, EXPLORE it, POKE at it, QUESTION it, and TURN IT INSIDE OUT! 

STEAM Academy is a hands-on class where we explore different concepts and ideas such as gravity, balance, chemical reactions, light and shadows, cooking, art processes, and so much more! 

While our VPK classes are free to all 4 year-olds, our STEAM class is tuition-based, with scholarships available. Students must be enrolled in a Benson VPK class in order to enroll in STEAM Academy. STEAM class meets once per week, giving your preschooler 3 full days of school each week. 

STEAM Academy teacher is Amanda Essig

Early Childhood Screening

All children must complete a STATE APPROVED
Early Childhood Comprehensive Screening Assessment
BEFORE beginning school.
At the screening you can expect these items to be checked:
Height, Weight, Vision, Hearing, Speech, and Cognitive Skills

 

The Benson Early Childhood program offers these free screenings two times a year in early Fall and early Winter.

 

It is VITAL that all of your children from birth to age 5 are on our census list so we can keep you up to date and informed of screening dates and program opportunities for your child!

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Are You On Our Census?? 

If you have children in your home from birth to age 5 and you are not receiving any mailings from the Benson Early Childhood programs, then we need your information!

In addition to being able to get you the important program information for your children, our program funding is determined by our census numbers. It is very important that you are counted! 
 

If you are new to the district or are not receiving any mailings from our Early Childhood Programs, please fill out our census update form above!

Meet Our Staff

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Chrysees Forbord

Coordinator for ECFE, School Readiness, VPK, Early Childhood Screening, Preschool Census, VPK Teacher

Amanda Essig

VPK & STEAM Academy Teacher

Jocile Nagler

VPK & School Readiness Teacher

Amanda Klucas

NS-ECFE

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Joann Schliep

MN Reading Corps

Maria Claussen

MN Reading Corps

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