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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.

Full 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.

* A Summer program is offered with the same hours for families who need year round care.

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

Extended Care Hours: 3:15-4:30pm
This is an additional program, offered to full day families who need extended care hours. During this time, students will play outside, in the gym and have free choice. Families must enroll into this program in addition to the full day class. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. An additional cost will be added to the monthly tuition bill for this extended care. See the Tuition Rates Button for further details.

Classes

3s/4s Class M/W/F (3 years by September 1)
3s/4s Class T/TH
3s/4s Class M-F

4s/5s Class M/W/F (4 years by September 1)
4s/5s Class T/TH
4s/5s Class M-F

Daily Schedule

Full Day Teachers

 

Jillayne Otto

Full Day Assistant

Jillayne has been working at Berean Preschool for 17 years. Jillayne and her husband of 40 years have five adult children. At Berean Preschool, she is able to create close bonds with the students while sharing her love of learning and her faith in Christ.

 

Bonnie Nelson

Full Day Teacher

Bonnie loves teaching at Berean Preschool because she can help foster both a love of learning and a love for Jesus. She has been teaching at Berean Preschool for three years. Before that Bonnie worked with children and youth in Croatia. Bonnie and her husband have two adult daughters and a son-in-law.

 

Lisa Rose

Full Day Teacher's Assistant

Lisa has been working at Berean Preschool for over two years. She loves freely sharing Jesus’ love and the Bible with the students and praying with them. Lisa also enjoys working with all her awesome coworkers! Lisa grew up on a small farm in Wisconsin. She has always loved working with kids, as soon as she was old enough, and studied elementary education at North Central University where she met her husband.

 

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.

3s M/W (must be 3 by September 1)
3s T/TH (must be 3 by September 1)
4s M/W/F (must be 4 by September 1)
4s T/TH (must be 4 by September 1)
PreK M-Th (must be 5 by December 31)

Schedule
Daily Schedule

Half Day Teachers

 

Tammy Fiore

3s Half Day Teacher

Tammy recently began teaching at Berean Preschool. She studied child development at Concordia University and previously taught at Christian Life Academy. Tammy considers it a privilege to nurture, disciple, and teach young children. Her deepest desire is that her students' knowledge and love for Christ grows exponentially each year.

 

Kelly Peterson

4s Half Day Teacher 

Kelly returned to teaching preschool in 2014 after staying home with her own children. She loves spending her mornings with the preschoolers as they fill her with joy. She lives in Lakeville with her husband, three teenage children, and their puppy, Moose.

 

Emma Hopkins

4s Half Day Teacher's Assistant

Emma has a heart for ministry and has served in both children’s and youth areas throughout her life. She loves working with the kids that come through the preschool and connecting with the families. She returned to Berean Preschool in 2021 after taking a year off to go to school. Emma hopes to continue in ministry and share her passion for Jesus with others. 

 

Sandy Roberts

PreK Teacher

Sandy joins our team with 24 years of experience working in early childhood education at Hosanna Church in Lakeville.  She has been married for over 30 years and has two adult children.  Sandy feels blessed to share her faith with God’s youngest followers.

 

Cindy Palmer

PreK Teacher's Assistant

Cindy has been working at Berean Preschool since 2017. Prior to that, she worked several years providing childcare for MOPS and Bible study. Preschoolers have such a desire to learn and they soak up knowledge like sponges, so it's fun to be part of their educational journey. Cindy is married and has three children, and she's been a member of Berean for over 20 years.

Highlights

Biblical Integration - Two Year Biblical Truth Curriculum
Extended Care Hours for Full Day Families
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 preschooler at home.

Biblical Truths

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. We do not accept credit cards.
     
  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 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!

 

Summer Camp

Summer Camp will be available starting Summer 2022. This will be for all students who have attended Berean Preschool in our half and full day classes or for NEW families! Summer Camp is available Monday-Fridays from 9:00 am-3:15 pm.

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