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Fillmore Central Community Education Programs

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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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 three options: Monday/Wednesday sessions from 8:15-10:15 or 10:30-12:30 or Tuesday/Thursday from 8:15-10:15.

We offer three classes for the 4/5 year olds on Monday, Wednesdays, and Friday; two sessions in the morning from 8:15-11:15 and an afternoon session from 12:10-3:10. Transportation is offered for all of our preschool classes.

Our primary goal is to welcome students to the school setting and help them feel comfortable in a classroom when they enter Kindergarten. Playtime is an essential part of our program. Playtime provides many opportunities for students to grow in conversations skills, imagination, social skills, as well as fine and gross motor skills.

We also have structured activities that focus on a standard from our curriculum, Splash Into Pre-K by Houghton Mifflin. 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.

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. Throughout the school year, we focus on number and letter identification and beginning letter sounds, writing our letters. 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.

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

Staff includes: 4/5 Lead Teachers Tonya Keim and Jessica Marzolf, 3/4 Lead Teacher Tara Corson, 4/5 Classroom Assistants Angie Haugerud and Jill Miller, 3/4 Classroom Assistant Charlene Mensink. ECSE Staff includes Connie Berg, Paula Birch, Janeen Wingert, and Katie Sveen.

ECFE (Early Childhood

Family Education)

ECFE exists to strengthen families through the education and support of all parents in providing the best possible environments for the healthy growth and development of their children. ECFE is geared toward birth to age 5.

We conduct sessions that include parent and child time, parent time, child time, educational material, and special family events.

Parent and Child Time. During this time children have the opportunity to play and learn new friends. During this time children have the opportunity to play and learn with new friends. You and your child will take home projects you make together.

Parent Time. Sharing parenting skills and ideas with other parents is done at this time. 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. ECFE offers play dates, open gym, and special activities geared toward families with young children.

Recently we have incorporated ECFE On-The-Go. ECFE On-The-Go brings educational materials into your daycare to spend time with the kids.

Staff includes: Child Educator Heather Stockdale and Parent Educator Amanda Heibel.

One Block At A Time Daycare

The mission of One Block At A Time Daycare is to provide children with successful starts through healthy, nurturing learning environments.

Care is provided for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The hours of operation are Monday - Friday 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. One Block At A Time Daycare offers five different rooms; an infant room, a transition room, a toddler room, 3/4 preschool room, and a 4/5 preschool room to allow the care and developmentally appropriate activities for each age group.

Drop-ins are accepted with 24 hours notice pending we have room availability.

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

Staff Includes: Kathy Tesmer Daycare Director. Room Leads; Connie Snicker, Melanie Kath, Noelle Crawford, Mary Frederickson, Allen Lafluer, and April Rigot. Room Aides; Ellie Skaggs, Andrea Hellickson, Chelsey Johnson, Dode Rabe, Shira Anderson, Sharon Wising, and Genny Hanson.


SAC is designed to provide a safe and supervised environment for children in Kindergarten through grade 6. SAC offers a variety of activities to channel children’s energies into positive growing experiences and will focus on the following goals for your child:

1. To develop new friendships and work together in cooperative group situations.

2. To gain respect for themselves, others and property.

3. To develop self-confidence.

4. To provide a safe, caring, trusting and relaxed environment conducive to fun and


5. To provide trained, caring and respectful staff who understands the importance of a stable setting that meets the developmental needs of children.

Staff Includes: Janeen Wingert, SAC Director. Jessica Marzolf, Co-Director. Room Aides include Courtney Schroeder. More staff will be on board during the summer months.

Community Education seeks to improve the quality of life by providing lifelong learning opportunities for all members of the community. Lifelong learning is based on the belief that people are learners at every age and are entitled to pursue educational opportunities that are meaningful to them.

We believe that Community Education fosters the learning process in a variety of places and under a variety of conditions. It provides planned learning experiences and activities intended to meet the needs of individuals, families, and the community. By participating in Community Education programs, community members can develop new skills, pursue intellectual and physical interests, and develop a positive self-image.

Fillmore Central Community Ed also offers enrichment classes for both youth and adults and heads up the Summer Rec programs. Through these programs our goal is to improve the quality of life by providing lifelong learning opportunities for all members of the community. Lifelong learning is based on the belief that people are learners at every age and are entitled to pursue educational opportunities that are meaningful to them.

For more information on any of our programs, please contact Angi Kaase, Community Education Director, at 507.765.3809 or email at

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