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Activities Director

EARLY CHILDHOOD

1800 W. Nevada Ave, Benson, MN 56215

Office Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Chrysees Forbord, Early Childhood Coordinator

cforbord@benson.k12.mn.us

320.842.2717 ext 4122

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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. All classes are held in the Early Childhood Center, Northside Elementary. 

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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!*

* 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm (child must be between the ages of 18 months and 

   4 years on or before the first day of class. Meets on Mondays.

* 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm (child must be between the ages of 18 months and

   4 years on or before the first day of class. Meets on Mondays.

2023 Fall ECFE Newsletter

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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. Must participate in an Early Childhood Screening. 

The SR program is a tuition-based class meeting 2 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 $75.00/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. 

2023-2024 School Year
First Day of School - September 11
Last Day of School - May 8

 

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

Our class is full for the 2023-2024 school year.

Call the Community Education Office at 320-843-4545 for more information!

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. Must participate in an Early Childhood Screening.

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. 

Parents can choose between a 3 or 5 day program. Class hours 7:45 - 2:45.

*If opting in for the 5 day week, there is a $150 monthly fee

Our classes are full for the 2023-2024 school year.

Call the Community Education Office at 320-843-4545 for more information.

2023-2024 School Year
First Day of School - September 11/12
Last Day of School - May 10 

 

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

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.

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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!

 

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!

Meet Our Staff

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Chrysees Forbord

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

Kendall Larson

 VPK Teacher

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Jocile Nagler

VPK & School Readiness Teacher

Amanda Essig

ECFE Parent Educator

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Maria Claussen

MN Reading Corps

Amanda Klucas

VPK Teacher

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