Community KIDS Preschools

Our preschool programs bring preschool age children together with the goal of offering engaging, nurturing, creative, and learning opportunities in a safe and enriched classroom. Children will explore, create and learn!

Our preschools work with children to develop positive self images and outstanding academic skills.Our preschools ensure children are prepared for a successful transition to kindergarten. Staff implement the Creative Curriculum which is developmentally appropriate and in alignment with both the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress and the Winona Area Public School's goals.

Explore our program offerings to select the option that best meets the needs and interests of your child.

Community KIDS Preschool is a unique experience for children 3-5 years old. Special features of our program include:

► Creative Curriculum® ~a curriculum approved by the MN Dept of Education

► Licensed specialists

 ► We are a Parent Aware 4 Start Preschool!

Parent Aware, Minnesota’s 1 to 4 star ratings system, measures best practices identified by research that help children succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Preschool Opportunities

Bright Beginnings

Two day a week preschool for three year olds (Children must be three by September 1, 2019) 

$30 Registration Fee

M/W/F 7:45-10:15 am   annual fee $891

T/TH 7:45-10:15 am     annual fee $674

- Children are served breakfast




Bright Beginnings Plus

Two day a week preschool for three and four year olds (Children must be age three by September 1, 2019)

$30 Registration Fee

M/W/F 11:45-2:15 pm    annual fee $891

T/TH 11:45-2:15 pm       annual fee $674

- Children are served lunch -


Smart Start

A two, three or five day a week preschool for four and five year olds (Children must be four by September 1, 2019)

$30 Registration Fee

++ Smart Start PLUS

(4/5 year old programming - year before Kindergarten)

M-F 7:45-10:15 am  annual fee $1564

(This five day session will be available only to students entering kindergarten in the fall of 2020)

++ Smart Start 

M/W/F 11:45-2:15 pm  annual fee $891

T/TH 11:45-2:15 pm     annual fee $674

- Morning sessions are served breakfast & afternoon sessions are served lunch



Voluntary PreK

This funding is made available through the state and the goals of the funding are to:

  • Increase access to high quality early learning programming for 4-year olds, regardless of their ability to pay
  • Reduce educational achievement gaps
  • Help ensure every child is ready to succeed in school and in life

The district will be partnering with the Winona State Children's center at their Washington Kosciusko (WK) location. The program will offer three hours of preschool a day, five days a week throughout the school year. Busing will be provided for those children living 1 mile or more from the program site (Maria Hall, Hilbert St, Winona MN) . This program will follow the Winona Area Public Schools calendar.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Child must be age four as of September 1, 2019.
  • Child must complete a health and developmental screening within 90 days of program enrollment
  • Family/caregiver must provide documentation of required immunizations.
  • Priority will be give to students who are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program.



Getting Ready Together

•Intensive Instruction
•Develop Reading Skills
•Develop Math Skills

Students entering kindergarten that meet income requirements. Families can apply for the Early Learning Scholarship to attend for free.

Referrals and/or applications are now being accepted for our Getting Ready Together summer programming. This program is intended for 4/5 year olds entering Kindergarten this fall. Priority is based on criteria form, to be filled out, included in attachments - also families that qualify for the Early Learning Scholarship, to be filled out, included in attachments. If a student/family does not qualify for the scholarship, they are still encouraged to apply (and will need to fill out the criteria form).

  • Getting Ready Together 
  • June 10th - August 15th 
  • Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
  • W-K Elementary

OPEN HOUSE - May 29th 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM W-K Elementary 365 Mankato Ave. Winona, MN

Transportation + Meals provided. Referrals/Applications due BY MARCH 8TH. Please fill out ALL forms when referring/assisting a family with registration. We will have 30 spots in the program this year, families will be notified of acceptance by April 1st. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Early Learning Scholarship

Community KIDS Preschool is four star rated through the state Parent Aware program. Because of this rating we are able to offer Early Learning Scholarships to eligible families to help cover the cost of preschool.

Scholarship eligibility is based on the following criteria:

Your family must have an income equal to or less than 185 percent of federal poverty level income in the current calendar year. The chart below is a guide that is based on FY2015 poverty guidelines published in Federal Register on January 22, 2015:

Family Size Gross Income Family Size Gross Income
2 $30,451 6 $62,419
3 $38,443 7 $70,411
4 $46,435 8 $78,403
5 $54,427 9* $86,395

For family units of more than eight members, add $7,992 for each additional member.
* See Family Size of 9 as an example

Or: be able to document your child’s current participation in one of the following programs:

  • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
  • Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
  • Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program (FRLP)
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Food Support (SNAP)
  • Head Start
  • Foster Care


School Readiness

School Readiness strives to help families as they prepare their child for school. The goal of School Readiness is to help preschoolers enter Kindergarten with the skills and behaviors necessary to be successful in future learning.

Limited partial scholarships are available to qualifying families for their 3-5 year old to attend preschool.



Goals & Objectives


The core of our curriculum is the importance of play. While we do some "table work" in the preschool classrooms, we rely mostly on children's innate abilities to learn through play. This does not mean, as some may fear, that children run around the room all day with no schedule or direction. It does mean that they are given plenty of time to interact with each other, experiment, imagine, and pretend within a challenging, supportive, scheduled and teacher-facilitated environment. Lesson Plans for each week are posted on the classroom bulletin board.

The primary role of the teachers in the preschool classrooms is to interact with the children, extending play and acting on learning opportunities. In this way, classroom order is also easily maintained. Additionally, we strive to observe the children for assessment and planning purposes. We use the Creative Curriculum Assessment and Planning System; children are observed, not tested, to assess skills and needs. Lesson plans and classroom arrangement are then based on these assessments.

Stephanie Gilliland

Early Childhood Screening Coordinator, School Readiness Coordinator
Goodview Early Childhood