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Stepping Stones - Transition to Preschool / 2023-24 School Year

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) / Stepping Stones Options -
2024 Winter & Spring

Preschool ages 3 & 4 years 

Stepping Stones  (13Y-500) meets Tuesday (parent and child) and Thursday (child only)

*Parents can choose to add an additional Drop Off Preschool day at any time during the year. The cost of an additional day is $35 per month and is Wednesdays, section #14Y-501.

If you are in need of financial assistance, please call 952-232-3006.

Welcome to your child’s first preschool experience!

This class combines the best of both worlds: Traditional ECFE and Preschool.

Tuesday is similar to a typical ECFE class in that it includes time for parent/child interaction and parent education. 

During parent/child interaction time, the early childhood teacher will set up fun activities that encourage emerging literacy and mathematical thinking skills. 

Parents will meet with a parent educator and other families to discuss a variety of topics that relate to parenting a preschooler. Parents meet with the early childhood teacher twice a year to evaluate your child’s progress.

Thursdays you will drop your child off for their preschool experience. 

Children will have experiences in early literacy and mathematical foundational skills, explore science and social concepts, and practice growing independence, all in a play-based environment.

Children are not required to be potty trained to attend this class. See below for more details.

  • Classes meet from 12:45–2:45 p.m. and follow the regular ECFE calendar.
  • Cost is $85 per month.
  • Sibling care is available on Tuesdays for $16 per month. 

Diaper and potty training practices:

All children are encouraged to use the bathroom during group bathroom time, even children who are in diapers or pull-ups.

Diapers and Pull-ups

Children are not required to be potty trained to attend Stepping Stones. Children who are in pull-ups or diapers are welcome to attend however our ability to assist them is the following;

1.Children who wet their diaper or pull-up are typically okay for the 2 hour class period and do not require changing.

2.If a child has a bowel movement there are three options

  • Family member is called to come and change the diaper or pull-up
  • Time dependent; child may stay in the diaper or pull-up until pick-up time
  • Staff will coach/assist the child through the process of removing the soiled diaper or pull-up, cleaning themselves and putting on a clean diaper or pull-up.

3.Parents are encouraged to discuss these options with the early childhood teacher and parent educator prior to starting Stepping Stones and create a plan for the process.

4.Each situation is very individual and staff will do their best to accommodate your child.

5.If an agreeable plan cannot be reached, parents will be able to request a refund of their registration fee.

Potty Training

As with other developmental areas, we treat bathroom learning as an area of growing independence. In case of an accident, we will help the child clean him/herself to the best of their ability and provide them with dry clothing (If school clothing is provided, please return clothing – washed). 

We will also notify you of the accident at pick-up time. It is helpful to keep an extra change of clothing in your child’s school bag.

Please talk with the program staff about your child’s needs and create a plan if needed.


Juliann Berg

Early Childhood Educator

Julie is a licensed Early Childhood and Parent Educator with a masters in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary’s University. She has been working with families and children in the Lakeville Area School District since 1994. She enjoys working in ECFE. Her husband Peter and their children Sam, Lauren and cat, Jazzy live in Lakeville. She is also on the Lakeville Schools Continuing Ed. Committee. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the cabin, crafting and cheering on the Vikings. 

Jenica Erbes Spoor

Parent and Early childhood

Jenica is a licensed Parent Educator with a masters degree in Family and Parent Education from the U of MN. She began working with families in 2000 and has been a part of the Lakeville Area School District since 2010. Jenica is passionate about supporting families and helping them on their parenting journey. She lives in Eagan with her husband Chris and daughter Ani, and 2 cats Beans and Lucky. Jenica loves reading, exercising and spending time with family and friends. 


  Juliann Berg

Crystal Lake Education Center : Classroom: A12
Wednesdays, Sep 13 - May 22
12:45 - 2:45 PM

  No Class Oct 18, Nov 22, Dec 27 & Apr 3


Ages   2 yr. 11 m - 5 yr.

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May 10, 2024 $35.00
Total $315.00
14Y500 Closed

  Jenica Erbes Spoor , Juliann Berg

  Sibling Care Offered

Crystal Lake Education Center : Classroom: A12 and Classroom: A 11A
Tue/Thu, Sep 12 - May 23
12:45 - 2:45 PM

  No Class Oct 19, Nov 7, Nov 21, Nov 23, Dec 26, Dec 28, Feb 20, Apr 2 & Apr 4


Ages   2 yr. 11 m - 4 yr. 11 m

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