Early Childhood

The vision of Brainerd Public Schools Early Childhood programs is to provide the highest-quality opportunities for our community’s youngest learners and their families as we build the foundation of lifelong learning through purposeful play and exploration.

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Early Childhood  Education Options

Brainerd Public Schools offers a variety of early childhood programming to meet the needs of our families.  These programs include:

Early Childhood Programs

  • Early Childhood Screening/Kindergarten Registration- The state of Minnesota requires that all children entering kindergarten complete an Early Childhood Screening and recommends this at age 3.  This appointment is a quick and simple check of how your child is learning and growing.

Early Childhood Special Education - early intervention and preschool special education to children birth to kindergarten, who show developmental delay in a variety of areas.  Students must complete an evaluation and meet qualifications to receive intervention services. 

PreK Plus Childcare - PreK Plus is a collaboration of CHILD CARE and SCHOOL READINESS PRESCHOOL that serves our families during the school year and summer. Children must be 3-5 years old to attend. 



Who to Contact 
 Julie Domino
 Julie Domino
Early Childhood Special Education Director
 Gina Thesing
 Gina Thesing
Early Childhood Special Education Secretary
 Tahnee Flowers photo
 Tahnee Flowers
Assistant Director of Community Education for Early Childhood Programs
 J Lindholm
 Jennifer Lindholm
Early Childhood Programs Secretary
 Joy Ruzich
 Joy Ruzich
Early Childhood Programs Secretary


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