Sioux Falls School District Doubling Preschool Locations

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Preschool is not required, but a lot of parents say it is vital for their children.  In fact, that demand is so great in Sioux Falls, the school district is expanding its options as teachers get ready for the upcoming school year. 

Building a classroom takes some time.  Olivia Moede is up for the challenge.  Her bright pink pre-school classroom at Sonia Sotomayor Elementary School may actually pale in comparison to the first-year teacher’s enthusiasm for her career. 

“I wanted to make a difference in kids’ lives,” Moede said.

What they will learn on this circle will follow them around for the rest of their education.

“Starting them early and often is really a key to creating a successful child and a future high school graduate,” DeAnn Konrad, Community Relations Supervisor for the Sioux Falls School District, said. 

Now students and parents will have more opportunities for that in Sioux Falls.  The School District is doubling its locations for its Learning Adventure preschool.  There are now four sites in schools in the district. Konrad says part of that growth comes from parents liking the convenience.

“A point that parents make to us as well, ‘Well, if I have to drop my child off for kindergarten, I’d also like to drop the other child off for preschool,” Konrad said. 

91 students are enrolled in the 102-student program.  Those spots will likely fill up fast. 

“We’re certainly open to expansion if parents are requesting that,” Konrad said. 

There is a fee for the four day a week, half-day preschool classes.  Konrad says if you enroll your child in this program, there is no guarantee you will get a spot in the school that you want.  To find out more, visit the district’s website. 

Preschool in the Sioux Falls School District does not begin until September 12th.  If you ask Moede, it is never too early to start building a strong foundation for the children.

“I think that’s wonderful because it gives everybody an equal opportunity instead of, you know, going into preschool and you have that one girl who can read and write and that one kid that doesn’t even know how to spell his own name.  It just levels the playing field for students,” Moede said.

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