Reach + Teach + Nurture

Creating a Christ-centered learning environment in which children learn and grow academically, socially and spiritually

 

At Berean Preschool we offer full-day and half-day classes. Each class offers different amenities and scheduling options to fit your family’s needs. Berean Preschool is licensed by the state of Minnesota and complies with licensing laws. All our staff, teachers and teacher’s assistants meet the expectations of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

All Day Preschool

Our full day program operates September-May and follows the school calendar, taking off major holidays and breaks. Every child must be fully potty trained, which means they are 100% independent in the bathroom. No disposable training pants are allowed.

Enrollment Calendar: September - May
School Hours: 9:00am-3:15pm

Classes

3's Class (3 years by September 1)

  • M/W/F
  • T/TH
  • M-F

4's/5's Class (4 or 5 years by September 1)

  • M/W/F
  • T/TH
  • M-F

Sample Schedule

Half Day Preschool

Our half-day program operates September-May and follows the school calendar, taking off major holidays and breaks. Every child must be fully potty trained, which means they are 100% independent in the bathroom. No disposable training pants are allowed.

Classes

Morning Class Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

3's Class (3 years by September 1)

  • M/W 
  • T/TH 

4's Class (4 years by September 1)

  • M/W/F 
  • T/TH 

5's Class (5 years by September 1)

  • M-Th

Sample Schedule

Highlights

Biblical Integration - Two Year Biblical Truth Curriculum
New playground (2018)
Gym
Onsite activities
Secured access
Personal check-in codes
Online billing and payments
Online enrollment
Easy communication with teachers through Brightwheel
Recently remodeled space (2017 - 2019)
10% discount on tuition for siblings enrolled
Snack provided to students in full day classes
Milk provided for lunch to students in full day classes

Curriculum

CURRICULUM

Berean Preschool believes that each child learns and develops uniquely because God created each child with different gifts and talents. In all things we do - classroom management, lessons, and interacting with families - we do with Christ at the center. Students are daily learning about Jesus and his great love for them.

Berean Preschool takes a play-based learning approach. All classrooms have learning centers that children can explore. Throughout the day children participate in large and small group lessons. Teachers align their lessons with Minnesota’s Early Childhood Indicators of Progress. Through daily assessments, our teachers modify and create lessons that will help each child learn and grow.

BIBLE CURRICULUM

Berean Preschool seeks to educate the spiritual development of preschoolers while partnering with the home. We believe that it is foundational to a child’s faith to know the characteristics and TRUTHS of God. Over a two-year cycle, your preschooler will know 18 different Biblical, gospel-centered truths. Your child’s teacher will use the Bible to teach various lessons to support these truths in a hands-on learning environment. Families will be given resources to continue the conversation with their preschoolers at home.

Brightwheel

At Berean Preschool, we use a program called Brightwheel. This is our online database, billing, and communication system. All families are asked to download the app to their devices. For billing services, it is best to use the web browser (Chrome is suggested) and not the app. Here is how we use Brightwheel at Berean Preschool:

  1. Enrollment/Database
    Brightwheel has made it easy for us to keep all student data safe and easily accessible. The online enrollment process streamlines the necessary paperwork, making it easier for our families to complete and submit the required forms.
     
  2. Billing & Tuition
    Each family will be set up on a billing plan. You have the option to enroll in automatic withdrawal through Brightwheel. At any time, you can print your invoices individually or as a summary. 
     
  3. Communication
    At Berean Preschool we value open communication with parents/guardians. Brightwheel makes this easy with the messaging feature. Parents/guardians are able to send messages to their child’s teacher when they are absent, running late, or have any additional needs. Teachers and administrators can send messages and newsletters to individual students or the class as a whole.

To learn more about Brightwheel and to see how it works, feel free to watch the video below!

 

Family Testimonials

"Berean Preschool is a place our family calls home. It provides fun and creative ways for kids to learn in a variety of different areas. The staff/teachers truly love what they do and it is so evident in the way they care for their students. Our kids have grown in multiple areas at Berean Preschool but the most important being their faith in Jesus. They do such an amazing job incorporating this aspect into their daily curriculum. We have really enjoyed our experience here throughout the years!”

-Josh & Kelsey Englund

 

"Berean preschool has been an undoubtedly amazing school for our family. Not only has our child been blessed by the teachers and curriculum but us as parents as well watching him grow and develop skills, love for others and most importantly, Jesus. The teacher's understanding, care and devotion to developing preschoolers in a way of including Jesus as a focus and center of our hearts is more than we could have hoped for as we raise our children in the world today."

-Shane & Kristine

 

"We KNOW that God led our family to Berean. Both my boys received the BEST preschool education they could possibly receive, taught by incredibly gifted teachers, but more importantly, they received the spiritual care that is so critical for our little ones. These teachers just don’t teach. They minister the Love of Jesus each and every day to our kids."

-Tony & Jodi Lafram

Preschool Staff

   Crystal Dunst

Crystal started working at Berean Preschool in 2020. She has a heart for Jesus and his children. Her love for the littles is evident in the joy she brings to the day. She is involved in many children’s programs through church and likes going for walks and hosting friends at her house.  Crystal and her husband live in Lakeville with their two children, their dog, Thor, and their cat, Ariel.

 

   Emily Edman

Emily grew up in a missionary family in the Philippines where she developed a passion for children’s ministry. She began working at Berean Preschool in 2016 and has worked with all ages of children as well as been a nanny. She loves to try new food, explore other cultures, and do crafts. She and her husband live in St. Louis Park.

 

   Tammy Fiore

Tammy studied Child Development at Concordia University and has been teaching since 1997. She joined the Berean Preschool team in 2019. She considers it a privilege to nurture, disciple, and teach young children. Her deepest desire is that her students’ knowledge and love for Christ grow exponentially each year. She likes reading and doing machine embroidery. She and her husband have grown children and enjoy the grandparent life. They live in Lakeville with their dog, Coal.

 

 Katie Haight

Katie was an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher for many years and has returned to teaching after being home with her children. She began teaching at Berean Preschool in 2021 and is passionate about teaching young people about the love of Jesus. She enjoys reading and exercising. She and her husband live in Eagan with their 4 kids. 

 

 

 Emma Hopkins

Emma has a heart for ministry and has served in both children’s and youth areas. She loves working with the kids at Berean Preschool and has enjoyed making connections with families since she began here in 2018. Her spare time is spent with friends, listening to music, volunteering with youth group, and drinking coffee. She lives in Prior Lake with her family and their dogs, Gus and Mozzie.

 

Kate Hopkins

Kate plugged right into the Administrative Assistant role at Berean Preschool in 2021. She taught preschool in the past but now enjoys using her giftings to support the staff and program. She enjoys reading and going for walks with her pups, Gus and Mozzie. She and her husband have 3 grown children and they live in Prior Lake.

 

 Cindy Palmer

Cindy has been working at Berean Preschool since 2017. She has always enjoyed being a part of preschoolers' educational journeys and has provided childcare for MOPS and Bible Study for several years. Her family enjoys many weekends at the cabin and she has a knack for decorating. Cindy and her husband have 3 grown children and live in Apple Valley with their dog, Rufus.

 

Kelly Peterson

Kelly returned to teaching in 2014 after staying home with her children. She began as a teacher and added the role of Director in 2021. Her heart for Berean Preschool is evident in the way she strives to make a personal connection with each child as a valued child of God. She likes to read, do crossword puzzles, and spend time with her husband and 3 grown children. They live in Lakeville with their dog, Moose.

 

Shawrene Rance

Shawrene has been a Preschool Teacher since 1995, fulfilling her childhood dream. She loves watching children’s faces light up when they master new skills. She has a desire to make learning fun and engaging as she prepares students for kindergarten. Shawrene enjoys spending time with her family, reading, baking, and going for walks with her husband. She and her husband live in Burnsville with their dog, Carolina Sweet Pea.

 

Lisa Rose

Lisa studied Elementary Education at North Central University. She began teaching at Berean Preschool in 2017 and loves freely sharing Jesus’ love and the Bible with the students. She is full of adventure and can usually be found making the most of every day! She enjoys walking, movies, and kayaking. She and her husband have 3 children and live in Apple Valley with their cats, Lyla and Poe.