Preschool Near Me in New Prague and Belle Plaine
Memories & Milestones Academy provides high-quality preschool for kids in our Belle Plaine and New Prague communities.
Preschool age is a special time in your child’s development. Self-esteem, creativity and communication skills are beginning to flourish. Children at this age are ready to begin discovering their independence!
We welcome you to visit our Preschool in New Prague and Belle Plaine, MN to see learning, fun and growing in action. Some exciting things your child will do; play outside daily, learn self-help skills, join group time, learn days of the week, challenge his/her mind and most importantly be safe and well taken care of.
You & Your Preschooler Will Love Our Academy!
- Engage your growing child with fun learning all day.
- Your preschooler will learn from the highest-rated national curriculum.
- Guaranteed Pre K spot at our Academy the September before kindergarten.
- Preschoolers learn and play in small class sizes with employees who care and connect.
- Our preschool classrooms offer a welcoming, fun, and clean environment for your child to learn.
- Your preschooler will enjoy regular, supervised outdoor play and brand new playground equipment!
- Save time with nutritious and delicious balanced meals and snacks included.
- Stay connected to your preschooler and our team during the day with easy virtual tools.
- We’re Parent Aware-rated (4 out of 4), state-licensed, and nationally-accredited.
- Plan your schedule with confidence! We’re open Monday-Friday 6:30 am – 5:30 pm and only closed ten planned days annually.
More About Our Preschool
Engage your growing child with fun learning all day.
Preschoolers just want to have fun! We make sure they’re learning while they’re having fun. For example, free painting time allows your child to explore their imagination while honing fine motor skills. Activities like water sinks teach lessons about density. What sinks? What floats?
Intentional play takes regular experiences—like building the local car wash in the block area—and focuses the time on social skills language development, and so much more.
Your preschooler will learn from the highest-rated national curriculum.
Your preschooler will learn from The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool, the most highly rated preschool curriculum in the nation.
We’ve carefully selected this curriculum for our Academy’s preschool classes because:
- The curriculum is comprehensive and research-based
- It incorporates learning by exploration and discovery
- It promotes both academic and social-emotional development
- It’s proven to increase kindergarten readiness
Guaranteed Pre K spot at our Academy the September before kindergarten.
Pre K spots can be challenging to come by in our community. Your child is guaranteed a Pre K spot at our Academy upon graduation from our preschool program.
Preschoolers learn and play in small class sizes with employees who care and connect.
Your preschooler will learn from professional employees in a caring environment and receive plenty of personal attention every day. We have two employees per class and a maximum of twenty students per class. This ensures a ratio of one employee to every seven to ten students. Employees follow a leading research-based curriculum, with the flexibility and professional support to teach in a way that’s best for your child.
Your preschooler will enjoy regular, supervised outdoor play and brand new playground equipment!
Preschoolers need to get outside and play! They learn so much by just doing, but if they need help figuring something out, we’re there by their side to help. We’ve invested in top-of-the-line playground equipment and created a safe and secure area for everyone to run, jump, slide and continue learning outside.
Our preschool classes go out every day the weather permits. We follow guidelines set by our Health Nurse to determine when the weather is too cold or too hot for preschoolers on a given day. Your preschooler will also enjoy special outside activities throughout the year.
We hire professional employees who love kids and love their jobs.
Teachers and employees at Memories & Milestones Academy truly enjoy our careers. We know we make a difference when we hear the appreciation and acknowledgment from parents and local school district professionals. Most importantly, we know it from watching your child learn, grow and succeed!
Your whole family will enjoy the behavior benefits of daily structure.
A daily routine allows your preschooler and you to make the most of each day. By creating a daily structure, your child learns what they should be doing and when. Daily structure means fewer meltdowns for you and more focused, age-appropriate learning for your preschooler.
Save time with nutritious and delicious balanced meals and snacks included.
There’s no need to pack meals when you attend Memories & Milestones Academy. We provide a nutritious and delicious breakfast, lunch, and snack every day. Your child is happy and nourished, and you save time and money.
Plan your schedule with confidence! We’re only closed ten pre-planned days annually.
We’re open Monday-Friday from 6:30 am – 5:30 pm. The ten days that we are closed annually are announced in advance for your convenience. You can rely on us for preschool.
We’re Parent Aware-rated (4 out of 4), state-licensed, and nationally-accredited.
Families all around the New Prague and Belle Plaine area give our Academy top marks. We’ve earned the highest possible rating from Parent Aware and achieved national accreditation by meeting NAEYC’s 10 standards for high-quality early childhood education.
Stay connected to your preschooler and our team during the day.
We use virtual tools to connect with parents daily. You’ll know what’s going on with your child and have the opportunity to celebrate recent achievements. It also allows you to ask our teachers questions. Through our LifeCubby app, teachers can enter daily routines, upload pictures, and share information for parents to see throughout each day.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Preschool Program
What preschool ages do you serve?
Preschool children are typically 33 months – September prior to Kindergarten. September prior to Kindergarten, your preschool child will graduate to our Pre K classroom. Your child will continue to build on the skills they have learned and be ready to succeed in Kindergarten.
What are your hours?
We are open Monday-Friday, 6:30 am – 5:30 pm.
Do you close unexpectedly?
No. You can rely on us. We are only closed ten planned days each year.
Do you offer part-time schedules?
Yes. If you need care less than five days, we offer two-day and three-day contracted schedules. Each day you may utilize 10 hours of child care/preschool.
What curriculum do you use at Memories & Milestones Academy?
We use Creative Curriculum® for Preschool. It is both research-based and developmentally appropriate.
What is your Preschool? classroom size?
Our preschool classroom capacity is 20 children. We have one employee for every 7 – 10 students.
Do you offer military discounts?
Yes, we accept NACCRRA. Thank you for serving our country. We appreciate everything you do.
Do you accept MN child care assistance?
Yes. We are approved to receive payments from the State of Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program.
Are you licensed?
Yes, we have a license from the MN State Department of Human Services and the MN Department of Health. We are also top-rated by Parent Aware and nationally accredited by NAEYC. We believe in exceeding rules and regulations.
Are you Parent Aware rated?
Yes, we are 4 out of 4 star Parent Aware Rated. We do accept Pathway I scholarships. Ask us about Pathway II scholarship availability.
Do I have to bring meals for my child?
No, leave the work to us. We include nutritious and delicious meals every day. Our Academy provides breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
Do the kids go outside every day?
Yes. The fresh air and mother nature is wonderful for every child. Weather permitting, we go outside every day. We follow our Health Nurse guidelines to determine when the weather is too cold or too hot (Younger children guidelines differ from the older children).
Does my child need to attend a separate preschool when enrolled at Memories & Milestones Academy?
No. Our employees plan and implement activities that meet/exceed what you would expect from preschool. Think of our Academy as a full-day preschool program. We also work with local schools to ensure we are preparing your child for Kindergarten.
Do your employees have educational degrees?
Yes, some of our employees do hold an Education degree. We meet and/or exceed MN State requirements. We also offer ongoing training and materials for all employees.
What socialization activities do children do?
In addition to forming lasting friendships, our preschoolers have group games that are implemented with employees as well as amongst themselves. Throughout the year, we have magicians, bounce houses, themed days (for example, movies and splash/water), and holiday events.
What about cleanliness?
Cleanliness is super important. We clean and sanitize on a regular scheduled basis. All our employees are involved in our cleaning and sanitizing process. We are germ aware and have always washed hands, covered coughs, cleaned, sanitized, etc., numerous times each day. Additionally, we follow all COVID-related protocols to keep everyone safe and healthy.
How do you communicate with parents?
We believe in daily communication. In addition to in-person communication, we use LifeCubby! This is an app that allows employees to enter daily routines, upload pictures throughout each day, and enter information for parents to see throughout each day. Employees and parents can communicate through LifeCubby also.