From its humble beginnings as the Mother’s Cooperative Nursery founded in 1967, North Oaks Preschool has provided a community-based preschool which has delivered a quality “whole-child” education to the youngest residents of North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake, Hugo, Lino Lakes, and Blaine. Each class is limited to twenty children and taught by two highly skilled and experienced teachers. This excellent teacher to student ratio is further enhanced by the presence of a parent or other classroom participant on most school days. North Oaks Preschool is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and meets all state requirements.
North Oaks Preschool offers committed, caring, and highly qualified teachers who cultivate an environment that enhances each child’s feeling of self worth all while promoting the joy of learning. Our teachers prepare students for kindergarten through a multi-faceted “whole child” approach. This system includes traditional academic study as well as interactive discussion with adults, peers, and educational toys. There is daily outside play. Children learn about the world by exploring. Trips to a pizza shop, grocery store, outdoor visits to the Tamarack Nature Center, an animal farm, bird banding, and Minneapolis Orchestra Hall are all part of the preschool curriculum. Special guests are brought into the classroom and include a storyteller, a naturalist, police officers, fire fighters, dentists, and an animal program. The two year curriculum provides continuity and growth for children who are able to attend for both years.
North Oaks Preschool offers a unique parent cooperative approach that allows the parent to actively participate in the classroom. For each child, a parent is responsible for two volunteer days throughout the school year but additional days are available and encouraged.
The preschool board is comprised of preschool parents and is responsible for the administration of the preschool in coordination with the teachers. The board meets several times throughout the year. Parents are encouraged to participate by volunteering on a committee or simply attending board meetings to provide input. This allows parents to optimize their child’s experience as well as cultivate relationships with the other parents.