Great Start Preschool - see Voluntary Pre-K

Get your child off to a great start in learning! Great Start Preschool offers early education for children age 4.

This program provides free 2-1/2 hour preschool classes, five days a week for children who meet the following criteria.

Information in Spanish
2017-2018 Programas de preescolar


  • Your child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2017, and not age-eligible for kindergarten.
  • Your child must live within the attendance boundary of one of the following elementary schools: Forest, Lakeview, Meadow Lake, Neill, Noble, Northport or Sonnesyn. Children cannot attend a Great Start class at a school outside their home elementary boundary.
  • Your household must be eligible for free or reduced price lunch and/or the child must be an English Language learner. A household is described as all related and unrelated people sharing a home and/or expenses.

Registration Requirements:

  • Completed registration form
  • $35.00 Registration Fee‚Äč (checks payable to District 281)
  • Child's birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of residence (driver's license, utility bill or rental agreement)
  • Proof of income for each adult in the household (2 current pay stubs or 2016 tax statement)
  • Immunization Record - children cannot attend school unless shots are up to date
  • An Early Childhood Screening for your child must be completed before you can register. Please call 763-504-4180 for an appointment if your child has not been screened. Spanish speaking families can call 763-504-7680 for assistance. If your child was screened in a school district other than Robbinsdale Area Schools, please bring a copy of it for our files

Important to Note:

  • Transportation is provided if you live outside of the schools walking boundary. It is a requirement that you live within the attendance area of the school that you are applying for. If your child will be coming from daycare, the daycare must also be located withing the same school boundaries as your residence.

Ready for Kindergarten = Ready for Success.


Great Start Preschool Office
New Hope Learning Center
8301 47th Avenue North
New Hope, MN  55428
Ph: 763-504-5330
Fx: 763-504-5339


Monica Potter, Ed.D.
Program Director, Early Childhood

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