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Fillmore Central Community Education - One Block At A Time

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Fillmore Central’s Community Education offers a variety of programs for families with children age birth to 5. The mission of our early childhood programs is providing children with successful starts through healthy, nurturing, learning environments.

School Readiness

School Readiness offers a preschool experience to students that are 3-5 years of age. The 3/4 year olds have two options: Monday/Wednesday session or a Tuesday/Thursday session. These sessions both meet 8:30am – 10:30am. Transportation is provided for the Monday/Wednesday session only.

Our 4/5 year old classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There is a morning class from 8:30am - 11:30am and an afternoon class from 12:10 - 3:10. Transportation is offered for our morning class only.

Our primary goal is to welcome students to the school setting and help them feel comfortable in a classroom when they enter Kindergarten. Play time is an essential part of our program. Play time provides many opportunities for students to grow in conversational skills, imagination, social skills (such as getting along with others), as well as fine and gross motor skills.

We also have structured activities that focus on a standard from our curriculum, Core Knowledge Curriculum. Activities are usually hands-on and cover a wide range of abilities including cutting, writing, coloring, role playing, retelling stories, and learning colors, shapes and letters, to early math and science concepts.

Pre-literacy skills are also an important component of our 4/5 school readiness program. Much of the year revolves around early literacy and helping students move on to the next step. At the beginning of the school year, we really focus on letter identification and we have now moved on to beginning letter sounds. Throughout the school year, we have worked on writing our letters in both uppercase and lowercase, as they are encouraged to know both going into Kindergarten. Letter knowledge is not the only piece to the early literacy puzzle. Rhyming is a big part of being able to increase awareness in different sounds in language. Throughout the school year, we have been working on identifying rhyming words and what makes a word a rhyming word. We begin each day with literacy.

Special Education students are fully integrated into our classrooms allowing friendships to form and differences to be accepted.

School Readiness Staff:

4/5 Lead Teacher: Kelsey Ristau/Terisa Scrabeck and Tonya Keim/Anne Dettfelson

3/4 Lead Teacher: Tara Corson

Special Education Teacher: Connie Berg

4/5 Classroom Assistant: Angie Haugerud/Elisha Himli

3/4 Classroom Assistant: Janeen Wingert and Charlene Mensink

Ameri-Corp Staff: Jessica Marzolf

Early Childhood Family

Education (ECFE)

Early Childhood Family Education exists to strengthen families through the education and support of all parents in providing the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their children.

We conduct sessions that include:

• Parent and Child Time: Children have the opportunity to play and learn with new friends. As a parent, you watch how your child plays with others. You and your child will take home projects you make together.

• Parent Time: Share parenting skills and ideas with other parents. Gather new and up-to-date information on topics that relate to your child’s development. Meet other parents from the area, and form a support network.

• Child Time: Each week we have a healthy snack, and a circle time with songs, stories and activities that coincide with the preschool program at Fillmore Central.

• Educational Materials: We have a lending library loaded with books for parents and hands-on activities for children. We have music, books, toys and more!

• Special Family Events: We will offer play dates, and special activities geared toward families with young children. There will also be times throughout the year that we will have guest speakers, singers, gym times, or family dinners.

Fillmore Central Early Childhood Family Education (FCECFE) provides parent and child classes on Monday evenings in Harmony and Friday mornings in Preston. FCECFE also provides multiple opportunities for families to interact with one another as well as with other families through field trips, special events, and casual get-togethers. During the Week of the Young Child, FCECFE will be hosting a concert by Jack Pearson. Mr. Pearson is an award winning children’s musician and storyteller. He will be performing on Thursday, April 18th at Fillmore Central Elementary at 6:30 PM.


Become members of our Fillmore Central Facebook group! Communicate with other parents, set up summer play dates, and keep up on what special events ECFE have planned. We currently have over 50 members.

Co-Coordinators: Tonya Keim and Heather Stockdale

Parent Educator: Christina Bothun

One Block At A Time

Day Care

One Block At A Time Day Care Center (licensed day care facility) opened in September 2003 after the school vision’s committee responded to the community’s need for child care. We provide care to children 6 weeks to 5 years of age and are open 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m Monday - Friday.

Infant room - ages 6 weeks through 12 months

Transition room - 12 months through 18 months

Toddler room - ages 18 months through 36 months

Preschool room - ages 36 months to Kindergarten

Drop-ins accepted with 24 hours notice

All staff is state licensed certified and CPR/First Aid certified.

Developmentally appropriate activities provided for each age group, based on Creative Curriculum and Mother Goose Curriculum.

Nutritious meals and snacks included.

Day Care Director: Kathy Tesmer

Fillmore Central Community Education Director, Holly Kanengieter, 507-765-3809 ext. 1101 or

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