There are still a few openings for students at Sioux Falls' first-of-its-kind public preschool. Learning Adventures preschool located at Harvey Dunn Elementary hosts an open house Thursday night for parents interested in enrolling their kids.
Classes start at the Sioux Falls pre-school on September 3rd. Morning and afternoon sessions will run Mondays through Thursdays at a cost of $119 for every two weeks. The class size is limited to 17 students. There are a couple of openings each for the morning and afternoon sessions. There's already a waiting list for next year.
These empty seats and tables at Harvey Dunn Elementary will soon be filled with Sioux Falls four and five-year-olds who will make up the district's very first preschool class of its kind.
"We're just really excited to be able to start this adventure in the Sioux Falls public schools and offer a quality program," Harvey Dunn Elementary Principal Teresa Boysen said.
Harvey Dunn's southeast location is seen as an ideal fit for preschoolers in the neighborhood.
"We want to feed Harvey Dunn, but also John Harris, Rosa Parks and anybody else out in this area that has a need for preschool," Boysen said.
The district has been checking what other preschools offer before setting up its own program.
"There's preschool that has day care attached to it. There's preschool that doesn't have day care attached. And we're really looking to feed that need of people that can transport their kids to and from preschool," Boysen said.
Amy Forster taught preschool in Brandon before coming to Learning Adventures.
"I think the biggest challenge is just making sure that you're meeting everybody's needs, coming up with a variety of activities that can suit everybody's learning style," Forster said.
The big push is fore literacy, including letter recognition: knowing their A,B,C's. The goal here, like it is at other preschools, is to prepare the kids for the start of kindergarten, next year.
"That's the fun part about bringing them into a public school classroom is that it really does feel like school. They can come in and they're in the hallway like the big kids and we do a lot of things the big kids but we put a preschool spin on it," Forster said.
The open house goes from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, August 22 at Harvey Dunn Elementary, located at 31st & Bahnson. They'll also be surveying parents to see if there's a need for bus service that would be charged to the families. If you can't make it to the open house, you can call the school at 371-4120 to enroll your kids.