List of 74 Minnesota districts awarded preschool funding

- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Education Commissioner Brenda Casselius have announced the 74 school districts and charter schools that will receive state funding for preschool this year. The state passed a scaled-back voluntary pre-K program this year that aims to improve early childhood education in impoverished school districts.

Nearly 60 percent of the school districts that applied for the funding were rejected. The governor said the high number of rejections highlights the need to increase funding, which has been a top legislative priority of his for several years now.

“Minnesota schools and families want voluntary pre-kindergarten, and our children need it to succeed,” Gov. Dayton. said “But without additional funding, thousands of kids will be denied the educational opportunities they need to achieve their greatest potentials. Lt. Governor Smith and I will keep fighting until every Minnesota family has the choice to send their child to preschool.”

Last year, Minnesota was ranked No. 50 in the nation for access to full-day early learning programs. According to the Annie E. Casey Kids Count Data Book, 55 percent of Minnesota’s 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds are not enrolled in preschool. Monday’s funding announcement will enroll 3,302 4-year-olds in preschool.

“We still have a lot of work ahead to address the opportunity gaps that are barriers to many of our children succeeding,” said Commissioner Cassellius. “Providing free public access to pre-kindergarten that is high quality, free of charge, and close to home is a great step in the right direction. Looking ahead we will continue building on Minnesota’s promise of an equitable and excellent education for all children and that starts with pre-kindergarten for every family that chooses it for their child.”

Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report

Districts awarded preschool funding

 

District Number

 

District Name

 

Number of Pre-K Students (Est.)

 

 

State Funding Awarded

4073

Academia Cesar Chavez Charter

40

$356,934

4018

Achieve Language Academy

40

$293,390

2854

Ada-Borup Public School District

40

$198,551

241

Albert Lea Public School District

100

$818,959

11

Anoka-Hennepin Public School District

96

$710,172

4067

Aurora Charter School

20

$171,902

492

Austin Public School District

50

$283,756

162

Bagley Public School District

32

$137,144

777

Benson Public School District

31

$103,938

32

Blackduck Public School District

23

$130,163

271

Bloomington Public School District

118

$819,062

286

Brooklyn Center Public School District

85

$667,419

191

Burnsville Public School District

116

$827,481

836

Butterfield-Odin Public School District

15

$87,727

852

Campbell-Tintah Public School District

6

$45,316

4004

Cedar Riverside Community School

20

$180,748

592

Climax Public School District

14

$110,879

2888

Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Public Schools

19

$106,065

13

Columbia Heights Public School District

156

$1,059,067

4015

Community Of Peace Academy

38

$303,697

166

Cook County Public School District

45

$177,656

317

Deer River Public School District

46

$254,621

709

Duluth Public School District

66

$408,987

4068

Excell Academy Charter

30

$238,433

656

Faribault Public School District

18

$109,162

698

Floodwood Public School District

15

$81,169

14

Fridley Public School District

68

$522,991

318

Grand Rapids Public School District

15

$86,183

316

Greenway Public School District

35

$244,217

402

Hendricks Public School District

12

$84,364

330

Heron Lake-Okabe Public School District

14

$80,396

473

Isle Public School District

15

$85,855

36

Kelliher Public School District

15

$117,149

306

Laporte Public School District

25

$118,544

497

Lyle Public School District

35

$163,770

415

Lynd Public School District

12

$99,152

432

Mahnomen Public School District

20

$142,752

77

Mankato Public School District

32

$163,890

4

Mcgregor Public School District

27

$121,060

2711

Mesabi East Public School District

30

$132,606

1

Minneapolis Public School District

162

$1,372,953

308

Nevis Public School District

70

$142,580

4161

New Discoveries Montessori Academy

6

$72,238

2215

Norman County East Public School District

16

$105,297

622

North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Schools

76

$455,308

118

Northland Public School District

15

$105,228

480

Onamia Public School District

39

$358,052

279

Osseo Public School District

229

$1,539,803

309

Park Rapids Public School District

35

$146,964

4097

Partnership Academy, Inc.

10

$67,714

548

Pelican Rapids Public School District

33

$186,260

2174

Pine River-Backus Public School District

32

$151,550

4213

Prodeo Academy

10

$75,307

2906

Red Lake County Central Public Schools

30

$151,714

2884

Red Rock Central Public School District

18

$87,094

2890

Renville Cty West Public School District

31

$173,887

280

Richfield Public School District

126

$825,467

196

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Schools

24

$163,730

2907

Round Lake-Brewster Public Schools

50

$249,915

6

South St. Paul Public School District

102

$629,136

833

South Washington Public School District

24

$118,415

742

St. Cloud Public School District

150

$1,005,160

840

St. James Public School District

77

$378,396

2142

St. Louis County Public School District

8

$49,241

4029

St. Paul City School

23

$205,979

625

St. Paul Public School District

78

$604,685

2358

Tri-County Public School District

14

$71,923

458

Truman Public School District

20

$99,940

2134

United South Central Public School District

35

$205,917

2176

Warren-Alvarado-Oslo Schools

33

$150,833

435

Waubun Public School District

40

$254,008

2898

Westbrook-Walnut Grove Public Schools

4

$35,330

803

Wheaton Public School District

18

$102,240

347

Willmar Public School District

30

$154,990

 

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